You know, none of us can ever hope create the kind of rampant stupidity and plain old willful ignorance that seems to permeate every second of broadcast time over at Fox News. They are truly in a category of their own.
Earlier this week, on “Fox & Friends,” which is about as informational and interesting as watching paint dry, the gang was discussing the topic of a primary school in Maine where a story was read to students about a transgender girl. Host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said the story was part of:
“A plan or an indoctrination on the part of the school to get to kids first.”
“This is about conditioning, and not just of the children, but of the parents as well. The implication here is that if you are left to your own devices as a parent, something will go wrong, that they have to intervene. That of course, has got to be rejected.”
Then again, Tammy, maybe it’s all just part of teaching children tolerance of those who are different. I have read stories about transgender kids and children who have same-sex parents to my 8-year-old, and I don’t think it did her any harm.
Hasselbeck then said that the notion of reading such a story offended her even though she is a feminist:
“I don’t think that kids need to know this or should be knowing this. It is completely confusing to them. As a feminist and also as a victim activist, I think that it is insane to say that somebody has a boy’s body and a girl’s brain. What’s a girl’s brain?”
Confusing? Children in this age of the Internet are smarter than they have ever been. They aren’t likely to get confused by something like this.
Then Bruce decided to compare transgender children to pets. Specifically, a cocker spaniel, and offered this bit of tripe:
“You know, look, at a point when I was a child, I thought I was a cocker spaniel. And there’s a point when we have these fantasies where we think we’re Superman, where we can fly, where we’re the cat. This is childhood. And this is why this is particularly troubling.”
What does thinking you’re a dog, a cat, or Superman have to do with the legitimate issue of children who are suffering because they feel they are trapped in the wrong body? Should we just ignore the issue and hope it will go away?
Leave to to Fox News to trivialize such an important matter.