Ben Shapiro calls Fox News’ praise of transgender child ‘a complete betrayal’

In a Friday op-ed for The Daily Wire, conservative podcaster and president emeritus of the outlet Ben Shapiro called positive Fox News coverage of parents that transitioned their child’s gender at the age of five “a complete betrayal.”

Fox News featured Ryland Whittington and the 14-year-old child’s parents during its “America Together: LGBTQ+ Pride Month” series; Whittington is a biological girl whose parents began a gender transition at age 5. Whittington now identifies as male.

The video suggested that if parents don’t go along with their children’s desire to identify as the opposite gender, they will probably commit suicide.

“Propagandistic sloganeering”

“I’d rather have a living son than a dead daughter,” Whittington’s mother says in the video, which Shapiro calls “propagandistic sloganeering” because there is no evidence that allowing kids to transition lessens their rate of suicide.

“The video would be absolute despicable insane lunacy if I saw it on CNN or MSNBC,” Shapiro said. “To see it on Fox News is a complete betrayal of anything remotely resembling conservatism or decency.”

“Every element of this video is propagandistic, dangerous garbage,” he continued. “The report states that this biologically female child was choosing her gender before she could speak. That is madness.”

He also decried the parents for “social transitioning” their daughter at age five and called it child abuse.

“The report further states that Ryland’s parents began social transition at the age of five,” he further said. “This is child abuse. The vast majority of children who display signs of gender dysphoria desist over time.”


Shapiro blasted Fox News for carrying the coverage on what is supposed to be a network that follows conservative values and beliefs.

The network praised the family for having “extraordinary courage” and said “people are afraid of what they don’t understand.”

I guess Fox News is afraid of being labeled transphobic, which is why it is going along with the cultural attempt to normalize something that is harming thousands of children and adults, if the reports of detransitioners are any indication. Ben Shapiro called it “vile” and encouraged the network to fire whoever was responsible for the segment.

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