Although Fox News seeks to project an image of traditional values to its conservative audience, the culture behind the scenes at the network has become blatantly woke in recent years, according to a shocking new report.
Fox’s company handbook, obtained by the Daily Signal, reveals that the company is dedicated to “expanding and strengthening” efforts to “sustain a more inclusive work environment” for transgender employees. That effort includes allowing employees to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, rather than their biological sex, and directs fellow employees to use their preferred names and pronouns.
“If a transitioning employee expresses a desire for increased privacy they will be provided access to a single occupancy restroom where available,” the handbook dated January 2021, states. “However, no employee shall be required to use a single occupancy restroom if they do not wish to do so.”
The handbook makes clear that Fox News is an LGBTQ+ “ally” that will proudly accommodate the needs of transitioning employees.
“Employees who are transitioning their gender have the right to be open about their transition if they so choose, and to work in an environment free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, and without fear of consequences or transphobia for living openly.”
For those unfamiliar with the ever-expanding lingo of the LGBTQ+ activist left, the Fox handbook reportedly includes a helpful explainer for a number of terms, including cisgender, gender expression, gender-fluid, gender identity, gender non-conforming, gender transition, LGBTQ, non-binary, and transgender. The handbook cites the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent, left-wing LGBTQ+ advocacy organization as a source for the material.
As the Daily Signal notes, Fox’s conservative viewers have been chagrined in recent years by the network’s use of activist language like “gender affirming care” in its reports, as well as its insistence of using female pronouns for biological males like Mulvaney and swimmer Lia Thomas.
Fox also drew strong backlash for a June 2022 on-air segment praising a child’s gender transition as an “inspiration to others.” That segment briefly depicted California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a far-left Democrat who led the move to soften sex offender registry requirements for sodomy with minors, and highlighted the activist claim that a child might commit suicide if he or she is not permitted to transition.
A Fox News source told The Daily Signal that after Tucker Carlson’s show was canceled in April, high-level executives told producers for the new 8 p.m. “Fox News Tonight” program they were not allowed to bash TikTok celebrity Dylan Mulvaney.
“They want you to think it’s this place that supports traditionally conservative values,” a former producer for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” told The Daily Signal. “But in reality, they’re pushing this nonsense behind the scenes.”
While Fox News Media has not given an official reason for canceling Carlson’s show, highly placed sources say that his firing was a condition of Fox’s settlement with Dominion.
For the past several years, Fox News has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, “the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality,” and apparently, Fox proudly touts this achievement behind the scenes.
A former Fox News employee told the Daily Signal that the company frequently mentions this perfect score in employee training materials.
“Fox News devotes hours of programming to attacking ‘woke companies,’ but ironically Fox is as woke as the rest of them,” another former Fox News employee told The Daily Signal, emphasizing that Fox viewers would be “astonished to find out what the company is like.”
Fox’s policies appear to be aligned with the legal requirements in New York City, where the company is headquartered.
The New York City Human Rights Law requires employers to use the name, pronouns, and title with which a person identifies, regardless of the sex assigned at birth. It is a violation of the NYCHRL to intentionally or repeatedly refuse to use a person’s preferred name, pronouns, or title.
The New York City law also requires that people “be permitted to use single gender facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms…that most closely align with their gender, regardless of their gender expression, sex assigned at birth, anatomy, medical history, or the sex or gender indicated on their identification.”
Moreover, if a female employee objects to sharing a bathroom with a “trans” biological male, her objection will not be considered a “lawful reason to deny access” to the trans-identifying individual: “In those circumstances, a covered entity may offer alternatives for the individual expressing discomfort, by, for example, providing a single-occupancy restroom to change in.”
On the other hand, it is “unlawful” to require a trans-identifying person to use a single-occupancy restroom “because they are transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.”
The Fox handbook encourages trans employees to “inform and educate” their co-workers about their experience, but if the transitioning employees don’t want to not talk about it, their colleagues are directed to respect their privacy.
The company goes so far as to offer to help employees create with a “Workplace Transition Plan” to ease their gender transition in the workplace.
“During the initial and any subsequent meetings, you and the Company should develop and maintain a Workplace Transition Plan,” the handbook says. “This Plan will outline the steps that need to be taken to ensure a successful transition at work.”
Those steps include when employees want to start using a different bathroom aligning with their gender identity and assuming a new gender identity at work. It also provides employees with time off for treatment (possibly hormonal treatments, like testosterone and estrogen) or medical procedures (such as the removal of breasts or testicles, facial feminization or masculization, or the creation of fake genitalia).
Additionally, Fox and the employee would plan out “the manner in which, and to what extent, coworkers and non-employees in the workplace will be made aware of your transition,” and when the company will change the employees’ name or make other “administrative or personnel changes.”
The former Fox employee slammed the network for running “hours of programming attacking companies for having leftist policies.”
“Fox is no different,” the former employee told the Daily Signal. “It’s a standard American mega corporation with all the same types of policies and employees as those other companies.”
When Mulvaney burst on the scene last year, producers for “Tucker Carlson Tonight” had to fight to be able to refer him with male pronouns in the show’s chyrons, the former producer told the Daily Signal.
Carlson’s former producer said his team had to fight hard to get the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh on his show to discuss trans issues due to Walsh’s hardline stance against transgender ideology.
Walsh told the Daily Signal that he was aware of the alleged blacklisting and said it began after he criticized Fox for the segment praising a child’s gender transition.
“Fox’s viewers think that Fox shares their values,” Walsh said. “And it’s very clear that that’s just not the case. Gender ideology is as far radical Left as you can possibly go. They have embraced radical leftism in its most extreme form.”
“There’s no daylight at all between Fox News and MSNBC when it comes to gender,” Walsh added. “And I think that’s something that Fox’s viewers need to know. If it were up to me, Fox would get the Bud Light treatment.”