In the hours after Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself Monday on the cover of Vanity Fair, Fox News managed to do everything you're not supposed to do when covering transgender issues.
From offensive jokes to incorrectly referring to Jenner as "he" and "him," the network displayed either complete ignorance and lack of understanding of the transgender community or total and disgusting transphobia. Or both.
Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto, for example, opened his "Business Alert" segment by pulling up the Vanity Fair cover and shouting out, “What the hell is going on!?"
Reporter Dagen McDowell responded by repeatedly using male pronouns to describe Jenner's identity.
"Well, that's how you transition Bruce Jenner. Let's give him credit -- he is the only person on planet Earth who knows how to one-up his most famous stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian," McDowell said.
Bill O'Reilly's comment later that evening summed up the network's problem:
"Now he's Caitlyn," O'Reilly said, looking at the cover. "That's Bruce Jenner."
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