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At the Fox News Site, a Sudden Focus on Women as Sex Offenders

[nytimes.com]

In November, there was the story of a 22-year-old science teacher arrested in Oklahoma for her “sex romp” with a male student. In September, an article told of a 38-year-old teacher who kissed a student and let him “touch her breasts behind Culver’s,” a burger joint in Kerrville, Tex. And in July there was a report on a 54-year-old music teacher in Georgia who, a headline announced, “blames male student, 17, for tricking her into having sex ‘like a used-car salesman.’”

Instances of female teachers sexually abusing male students are rare. But stories on the subject have lately taken up a lot of space at FoxNews.com. Through the first half of 2017, the site posted fewer than 20 stories on women accused of sex offenses. The new focus started on June 30, when FoxNews.com published an article on “the apparently increasing frequency of female teachers having sex with their young male students.” Over the next six months the site posted some 98 articles on instances of sexual abuse allegedly committed by women, most of them teachers.

Tales of the unusual suit the tabloid aesthetic of much of the site’s content. What was noteworthy was the spike in coverage of the subject, which began a few weeks after Noah Kotch, a former producer at NBC’s “Today” show, became the site’s editor in chief. It also came in the aftermath of numerous sexual harassment scandals at Fox News.

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  1. AJ

    Well, this would certainly explain what has seemed to be a rash of these types of events. Fox, the NY Post (Alexander Hamilton is spinning so fast in his grave, he’s boring to China), etc., get picked up on the wire and repeated.

    This also is a perfect example of a media outlet driving a story and creating “interest” out of nothing. Tellingly: “We don’t cover sex crimes like statisticians. We cover what’s interesting to the reader.” Well, actually you’re *creating* interest by skewing statistics. No sensationalism there, nope.

    Maybe there’s a way to parlay these stories, highlighting that it’s grooming, not the man in the van looking for his puppy by the playground, that is the problem…?

    • Timmmy

      Or how about the disparity between male, and females in the crimes? When it’s a female perp, the comment section is abut how luck y the victim is, etc. When it’s a male perp, people are demanding instant death sentence.

  2. USA

    I have to disagree with this article. I’ve been overwhelmed with (people in a position of authority) the number of news stories where female teachers where caught with either male/or female underage students. So, the rare comment isn’t accurate. It appears to be rampant.

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