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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) warned Fox News that Matt Walsh’s report that the cable giant’s parent company promotes radical gender theory could prove “devastating” to the news network, which he said provides “much-needed, conservative content.”
On Thursday, The Daily Wire host posted a Twitter thread revealing Fox Corp’s annual “Pride” month campaign includes recommending sexually explicit literature to Fox News employees and that the company has even used artificial intelligence to track workers’ commitment to the woke principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“This kind of deliberate alienation of its own audience might not end well for Fox News,” Lee tweeted Thursday night. “But for the fact that there is no other large cable news company in America that is widely known as conservative (or even right of center), this account could prove devastating.”
This kind of deliberate alienation of its own audience might not end well for Fox News. But for the fact that there is no other large cable news company in America that is widely known as conservative (or even right of center), this account could prove devastating. https://t.co/UYuMSaXdY8
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) June 15, 2023
“Fox News has a lot of good talent and produces much-needed, conservative content,” Lee added in comments to The Daily Signal. “But if that network turns on its (currently loyal) fan base — and becomes like literally every other broadcast and cable news outlet — its most avid viewers will go somewhere else, and they will do so quickly, never to return.”
In his Twitter thread, Walsh said the company is ensuring compliance by using AI.
“Not all Fox employees are happy with this propaganda,” Walsh stated. “That might be why, last year, Fox experimented with a solution to monitor employees’ commitment to DEI. It’s an AI platform called Eskalera, which tracks employees’ commitment to the cult of DEI. Fox leadership told employees to sign up for Eskalera so that the AI could help them ‘engage in activities that will deepen’ their ‘understanding of identity and ‘explore more nuanced D&I concepts.’”
The Daily Signal had reported on May 22 from information gleaned in the company handbook that Fox News employees “are allowed to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex, and permitted to dress in alignment with their preferred gender. They must also be addressed by their preferred name and pronouns in the workplace.”
The report also noted Fox News’ trans activist language such as “gender-affirming care” and female pronouns for men such as Dylan Mulvaney and Lia Thomas and quoted a source from Fox News who declared that producers for the “Fox News Tonight” received a directive from high-level executives not to bash Mulvaney.