Megyn Kelly rips into Fox News for ‘dangerous’ trans-teen story: ‘Irresponsible to put it on the air’

Fox News Channel has been feeling the heat for a controversial report about a transgender child and now one of its former network hosts has joined the backlash.

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly ripped into the network’s decision to betray its “mission” and air a segment featuring a 14-year-old who wanted to change gender, calling Fox News out for being “irresponsible” in a discussion with Eric Bolling on Newsmax TV’s “The Balance.”

“What’s going on over at Fox?” asked Bolling, who was once also a host on the network.

Kelly weighed in on Fox News Channel’s feature on a 14-year-old named Ryland Whittington which aired as part of its advertised Pride Month series. Born a girl but now identifying as a boy, Whittington’s parents offered encouragement and provided support for the transition when Ryland indicated the preference “before he could even speak,” according to Fox News.

“If you look at the history of transgender – gender dysphoria, it affects mostly, almost exclusively, little boys who think that they’re actually girls,” Kelly said, noting that she has covered stories of transgender people and even has members of her own family who identify as trans.

(Video: Newsmax TV/YouTube)

She pointed out how, many times, gender dysphoria begins at a very young age but that “stats show, that 70% of those kids will actually grow out of it if left alone, if you don’t interfere.”

“But not all of them will, so there’s room for some reporting on this,” Kelly continued before making the distinction about the Fox News report which included correspondent Bryan Llenas praising the Whittington family’s “extraordinary courage.”

“The problem is, the Fox News Channel mission is not to do reports that sound like MSNBC, right? The Fox News Channel mission is to make sure that they include the context that gets ignored by all of the other stations,” Kelly told Bolling. “And in 2022 in particular, we know that there’s a lot more to this story.”

Kelly went on to lambaste Fox News for its irresponsible reporting.

“And it is irresponsible to put it on the air like this as a celebration without flagging for the parents out there who are going through this, the significant downsides of jumping onto this without making sure you’re in that very, very small percentage of cases where this gender dysphoria might actually be a thing,” she said.

Kelly targeted Ryland’s mother Hillary Whittington for a quote in the segment saying she would “rather have a living son than a dead daughter,” as she cited the high rates of suicides for transgender people.

“That’s a very dangerous trope,” Kelly said, “because this is used by the LGBTQ activists to shame parents who know about that 70% statistic, that generally, if I stay out of it, my kid’s going to outgrow this, and in many cases, they just turn out to be gay.”

“To not flag the significant downsides of what happens to these kids when they’re put on puberty blockers, when they’re put on cross-gender hormones – by the way, when that’s done to girls, they’re sterile, they can’t have children anymore – and you can go down the list is irresponsible to their mission,” Kelly contended.

“I mean, I don’t expect any of the mainstream press to do it,” she added.

Kelly went on to note how things have changed since she began covering the issue due to members of her own family.

“We’ve lost our minds on this issue. It’s become a political issue, almost. The politics of it have taken over the actual issue of it,” she contended, accusing some parents of being far-left, woke progressives working out a “political agenda” on their child.

“It’s abusive and now what we’re doing is hiding facts from parents who have an absolute role in this, teachers who have their own agenda trying to push it on children when it comes it comes to sex, when it comes to gender,” Kelly asserted, criticizing a middle school teacher who felt “safe” working out her issues with her sixth-graders.

“Go to a therapist! Don’t work out your issues on my kid,” she said, getting angrier. “In fact, if my kid brings issues of his own to you, you bring them to me. I didn’t hire you for that! I hired you to teach math, that’s it.”

She concluded by arguing that it is this “tolerance” that is being used as an excuse and is creating a dangerous society for children.


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