Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Mostly False
Facebook posts
An image of nine white, blond women shows "the amazing diversity of Fox News anchors."

Facebook posts on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 in a Facebook post

Image of 9 white, blond women shows 'amazing diversity of Fox News anchors'

For several years, this image of Fox News hosts has made the rounds on social media.

For several years, this image has made the rounds on social media.

We found it recently on the photo page of a San Francisco area journalist, Jamal Dajani. "The amazing diversity of Fox News anchors," Dajani wrote in a post that had been shared nearly 12,000 times by July 9, 2014.

The image, Dajani told us, "reflects the uniformity of the Fox narrative -- one dimensional." In this case, the nine images are all of white women with blond hair. 

It's not a new dig at Fox News. Saturday Night Live mocked Fox News' lack of diversity in 2010, referring to a guest only as "attractive blonde lady" in a sketch.

But with the revival of this Facebook image, we wanted to see if the criticism holds water.

We can't verify that all nine people pictured are Fox News anchors or hosts (matching images can be dicey). But we can check how closely the Facebook image matches the full line-up of Fox News female personalities. 

We went through the Fox News website and picked out all the women with anchor or host in their job description (rotating anchor and co-host qualified). For the record, Fox News has plenty of male hosts, too, but we decided to look only at women since that was the focus of the Facebook image.

Fox News female hosts and anchors' hair color

We realize deciding whether a person’s hair is or isn’t blond can be a judgment call. But we included the images of each host so you can reach your own conclusion.

Of the 26 female hosts and anchors listed on the Fox News website, by our count roughly about half are blond and half are not. That's not nearly how the Facebook image had it.

Fox News female hosts and anchors' race

As you can see from the images above, the majority of Fox News' female on-air talent is white. But they are not universally white. Arthel Neville is African-American and Uma Pemmaraju describes herself as the first Indian-American anchor to regularly appear on national television.
 
Our ruling
 
A Facebook post used an image of female Fox News anchors to say that the network lacks diversity in its staff. We found that for those women who are anchors or hosts in any capacity, about half are blond. And while most are white, not all are.
 
The Facebook image gives the strong impression that all female Fox News anchors and hosts look alike. That's misleading. We rate the claim Mostly False.