Bissinger: Caitlyn Jenner Braver than ‘Old, Pasty, Unimportant’ Neil Cavuto Will Ever Be

Screen-Shot-2015-06-01-at-12.51.07-PMAfter writing the massive coming-out profile of Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair, the long-time reporter circled back to give the magazine his own thoughts on the widely-read interview.

There are lots of interesting nuggets to dig through but, since this is Mediaite, we’ll give you the most relevant one: Bissinger is not pleased with Fox News host Neil Cavuto‘s on-air mockery of Jenner’s transition.

To recap: During a Fox Business Network segment, Cavuto said “What the hell is going on?!” after seeing a picture of Jenner in a dress on Vanity Fair‘s cover. Introducing his next guest, Cavuto continued the jokes: “Charlene Payne, or shall I say Charles Payne?” And concluded the bit with this remark: “Rome, final days. But that’s fine.”

In response, Bissinger had this to say [emphasis added]:

Many of [the responses to Jenner] are wonderful and literate and say “Do whatever you want. Go get ’em girl.” But, frankly, there are too many that are built on ignorance and nastiness. And I will say this publicly: Neil Cavuto on Fox was making fun of it and laughing like it was a big joke. He’s an old, pasty, unimportant white guy, and on her worst day, Caitlyn Jenner has been braver than Neil Cavuto will ever, ever be.

Shots fired.

We’ll likely hear a response from Cavuto’s camp after they finish barking about Millennials or something.

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