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Several major mainstream news outlets receive failing grades for LGBTQ coverage

GLAAD has issued a Media Report Card. It is bad news for most of the 17 mainstream media publications which were evaluated based on their coverage of LGBTQ people and LGBTQ rights.

LGBTQ media organization GLAAD has for the first time issued a Media Report Card, evaluating 17 mainstream media publications based on their coverage of LGBTQ people and LGBTQ rights. This first ever rendition namely focuses on the same-day reporting from February 25, which is when the Equality Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by bipartisan vote. Based on that, most of the 17 received failing grades for “repeated dangerous & false anti-trans rhetoric.” GLAAD Ceo and President Sarah Kate Ellis said “LGBTQ voices cannot be left out of the coverage of the Equality Act, especially while lawmakers use their platforms to spread inaccurate information about them. We are urging the mainstream press to include LGBTQ people while covering issues important to our lives, and to recognize and call out misinformation.” Of the 17 that were evaluated, GLAAD issued failing grades to eight publications, substandard grades to three publications, passing marks to five publications, and a “super” failing grade to one. None received an “Outstanding” grade by GLAAD’s methodology. GLAAD found that Newsweek was the “worst offender” among mainstream media. In alphabetical order, the other eight failing mainstream news sources by GLAAD’s determination were Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, CBS News, CNN, FOX News, The Hill, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Publications in these categories, overall, were found to have “failed to include any quotes from LGBTQ advocates” and “failed to contextualize need for Equality Act.” In slight contrast, even FOX News included a “quote from LGBTQ Congressmember,” out Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) who sponsored the Equality Act. Their report was contributed to by the Associated Press (AP), which received a passing grade from GLAAD separately. In addition to the AP, the other passing publications were HuffPost, NPR, Reuters, and the Washington Post. They all included statements from LGBTQ advocates or members of Congress. The publications that fell into the “Satisfactory/Needs Improvement” grading included ABC News, NBC News, and USA Today. GLAAD notes that it is not trying to “shame or attack” the journalists or publications featured in the report, but rather offer “suggestions, best practices, and links to helpful resources” alongside the grades.

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