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It Is Journalism's Sacred Duty To Endanger The Lives Of As Many Trans People As Possible


ďQuentinĒ is a 14-year-old assigned female at birth who now identifies as male against the wishes of his parents. His transition was supported by one of his unmarried teachers, who is not a virgin. He stole his parentsí car and drove to the hospital, where a doctor immediately began performing top surgery on him. Afterward, driving home drunk from the hospital, Quentin became suicidally depressed, and he wonders now, homeless and ridden with gonorrhea, if transitioning was a mistake.

We just made Quentin up, and thatís okay. It doesnít mean stories like his arenít potentially happening everywhere, constantly. Good journalism is about finding those stories, even when they donít exist. Itís about asking the tough questions and ignoring the answers you donít like, then offering misleading evidence in service of preordained editorial conclusions. In our case, endangering trans people is the lodestar that shapes our coverage. Frankly, if our work isnít putting trans people further at risk of trauma and violence, we consider it a failure.

We stand behind our recent obsessed-seeming torrent of articles and essays on trans people, which we believe faithfully depicts their lived experiences as weird and gross. We remain dedicated to finding the angles that best frame the basic rights of the gender-nonconforming as up for debate, and we will use these same angles over and over again in hopes that this repetition makes them suffer. As journalists, it is our obligation to entertain any and all pseudoscience that gives bigotry an intellectual veneer. We must be diligent in laundering our vitriol through the posture of journalistic inquiry, and we must be allowed to fixate on the genitals.

The Onion writes what the NYT should have.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Feb 19, 2023, 06:09 PM (7 replies)

Trump just declared war on trans people

fuck that seditious, criminal asshole.

edit: link to his horrible speech.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Feb 2, 2023, 08:35 AM (14 replies)
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