Fox News has consistently given its “Medical A-Team” member Dr. Keith Ablow a platform to promote paranoia and fear about transgender people. Back in April, he wrote a FoxNews.com column freaking out about a J. Crew ad showing a mother painting her son's toenails pink.
Then in May, Ablow began his campaign against Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing With the Stars. His May 17 FoxNews.com column, which alleged that Bono suffered from a “psychotic delusion,” attracted so much criticism that Fox actually pulled the piece.
In his August 11 FoxNews.com column, Ablow promoted a raft of misinformation about sexuality, including gender identity. As Think Progress noted, Ablow wrongly suggested that gender identity is a choice.
On September 2, Ablow used his FoxNews.com column to return to his attacks on the inclusion of Bono, and then on the September 6 edition Fox Business show America's Nightly Scorecard, he alleged that the gender identity of “tomboys” in the Dancing With the Stars audience could be affected by watching a transgender man in the competition.
Yesterday, FoxNews.com posted a response to Ablow's September 2 column from Dr. Jack Drescher, who is a “Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders” -- an expert in the field at issue. Drescher asked of Ablow's column, “Wouldn't it be more helpful to offer scientific data rather than sensationalized, detailed descriptions of sex reassignment surgery or metaphors about double amputees to support the views Dr. Ablow 'believes to be true?' ”
Today on Fox News' America Live, host Megyn Kelly confronted Ablow about his history of attacking Bono's Dancing With the Stars appearance. She repeatedly challenged Ablow on the merits of his argument, citing Drescher's post and pointing out Drescher is a specialist in the area, unlike Ablow.
Kelly told him, “There's so much hate out there. There's so much hate for gays and lesbians and transgendered people.” She added, “The thing is, Doc, you seem to be adding to the hate.”
While the best course when discussing scientifically complicated issues like this one is to host experts in the area, rather than people who have a history of promoting “hate” toward LGBT people, Kelly did the right thing by challenging his statements and calling out his bigotry.