Apparently Fox News was granted a coveted post-scandal interview with the Duggars. The ultraconservative Christian reality TV family has remained under fire since reports surfaced that eldest son Josh Duggar allegedly molested multiple girls as a teen. The majority of the victims are thought to be his younger sisters.
— Raw Story (@RawStory) May 31, 2015
Josh Duggar confessed to making “mistakes” when he was younger, and the Duggars claim that he has repented and received help for his troubling behavior. However, the issue is highly problematic for a few obvious reasons. First, the lack of protection for the alleged victims, many of whom apparently remained in the household after the incidents. Second, the family’s relentless campaign against same-sex marriage, at points comparing persons on the LGBT spectrum to sexual predators. And lastly, the “wholesome” image that the Duggars projected, which has been shattered to the point that many are demanding TLC remove the Duggars from their network.
With so much outrage and curiosity swirling around the Duggars, it’s inevitable that more would have to be said on the matter. However, there is concern about Fox News as medium for further explanation. Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA called the decision by Fox to interview the Duggar family “a deplorable low.”
“The Duggars have chosen to go on Fox News because they know that they are going to get to avoid the tough question by appearing on a network that will give them lots of sympathy. The Duggars didn’t choose to go on 60 Minutes, or do a primetime network special.”
“[W]hen in trouble, run to Fox News.”
“Jim Bob and Michelle have already tipped their hands about what they are going to say. They aren’t going to apologize for enabling a child molester and hiding his crimes. They aren’t going to admit their own wrongdoing and take responsibility for their actions.”
He may be onto something. This was the message that was posted to Michelle Duggar’s blog.
“Next week we will sit down with Megyn Kelly on Fox News to share our hearts with you about the pain that we walked through as a family twelve years ago, the tears we all shed and the forgiveness that was given. We appreciate the outpouring of love and prayers for our family at this time.”
The most disturbing thing is there seems to be a strong indicator that the Duggars will go the route of how hard it was on Josh Duggar to “cope” with his behavior. There doesn’t seem to be any indication of the possible victims (his sisters) being given a chance to talk about the incident. As these girls have not spoken up about what happened over the past decade, it’s quite possible the girls were pressured into silence.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 30, 2015
If Fox News isn’t going to ask about the victims or give those persons a chance to speak…is the network doing more harm than good? No doubt huge ratings are in store for Fox News, but the already controversial news network may face a backlash of its own if the interview takes a highly offensive turn for the worst.
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