Critics are calling Fox News “pathetic” and misogynistic for recent segments attacking a photo of Gisele Fetterman, wife of Pennsylvania Sen-elect John Fetterman.
During a Wednesday morning segment on The Faulkner Focus, host Harris Faulkner mocked Ms Fetterman for seeking “15 minutes of fame” in a photo showing her and Mr Fetterman outside his new Senate office.
Meanwhile, guest Clay Travis commented on Ms Fetterman’s attractiveness, while also implying she was power-hungry.
“The reality here is that it does feel as if Pennsylvania has elected his wife, and she certainly is furthering that idea with these photos,” Mr Travis said.
The segment also featured the hosts reading tweets from conservative commentators like Tiana Lowe, who accused Ms Fetterman of wanting fame “so badly for herself” that she was “subjecting her husband and her marriage” to scrutiny.
First day 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/0Gp1jvVpzk
— Gisele Barreto Fetterman (@giselefetterman) November 15, 2022
Various liberal commentators took issue with Fox’s coverage, which has for weeks attacked Ms Fetterman, including repeating claims she is bisexual, even though Ms Fetterman doesn’t appear to have spoken publicly on the subject.
The actual Senator-elect is halfway cut out of the photo!!! She wanted this so badly for herself lol. I hope subjecting her husband and her marriage to this was worth her 15 minutes. pic.twitter.com/PWbgqsgGDe
— Tiana Lowe (@TianaTheFirst) November 15, 2022
this is so unspeakably pathetic. Fox News has repeatedly attacked Gisele Fetterman in the last 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/EIRR3zfeZg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 16, 2022
“This is so unspeakably pathetic,” journalist Aaron Rupar said on Twitter on Wednesday. “Fox News has repeatedly attacked Gisele Fetterman in the last 24 hours.”
Former Hillary Clinton campaign organiser Sergio Grant accused the network of being racist, given Ms Fetterman’s identity as an immigrant from Brazil who arrived in the US as a child.
.@FoxNews spouting a new conspiracy theory: Fetterman's wife Gisele is gonna take control of his Senate seat, & that was the goal all along. I guess they're fearmongering bc she's a brown person who came here as an undocumented immigrant as a child, & they need a boogey(wo)man. https://t.co/wpsRh6BCsB
— Sergio Grant (@sgrant525) November 16, 2022
“I guess they’re fearmongering because she’s a brown person who came here as an undocumented immigrant as a child, and they need a boogey(wo)man,” he wrote on Wednesday on Twitter.
“She's not white enough for them. They're playing the hits,” wrote Jon Sternfeld in response to the video.
She's not white enough for them. They're playing the hits.
— Jon Sternfeld (@JonSternfeld) November 16, 2022
The Independent has contacted Fox News for comment.
Some saw the attacks as a positive sign of the Fettermans’ clout in Washington.
“Dear Gisele Fetterman, you know you’re doing EVERYTHING right if the news personalities at Fox News are coming for you,” educator and PBS contributor Sari Beth Rose,” wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
As The Independent reported, the Fetterman campaign was acutely aware of its image, and often used fashion to communicate important ideas about where Mr Fetterman stood on key issues.