With liberals, the first casualty is always the truth

Media Matters for America describes itself:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation – news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda – every day, in real time.

Using the website mediamatters.org as the principal vehicle for disseminating research and information, Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

Now, from that self-description, one would think that Media Matters was primarily interested in the truth, in accuracy in journalism, and in getting things right. Well, if one thought that, he would be wrong:

CNN Has No Excuse For Continuing To Call Chelsea Manning A Man

Blog ››› ››› CARLOS MAZA

Major news organizations have honored Chelsea Manning’s – formerly known as Bradley Manning – explicit request to be identified as a woman, but CNN continues to make excuses for misgendering Manning in its news coverage.

On August 22, Manning – who will soon begin serving a prison sentence for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks – announced in a statement to NBC that she wishes to be identified as a woman and go by the name Chelsea, stating:

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).

Following Manning’s announcement, many news organizations struggled with deciding how to identify Manning in their reporting. Some outlets, like Slate and Mother Jones, quickly honored Manning’s request and began referring to her as a female. Others, like The New York Times and the Associated Press, were reluctant at first but did agree to stop misgendering her, stating that they had been “persuaded” by arguments in favor of correctly identifying Manning.

CNN, however, has continued to refer to Manning by the name Bradley and use male pronouns.

During the August 22 edition of The Lead with Jake Tapper, Tapper explained that CNN will continue to refer to Manning as a male because “he has not yet legally changed his name.” Moments later, he spoke with Lauren McNamara – who he identified as “a transgender” – about Manning’s request for hormone therapy while in prison:

More at the link.

Perhaps CNN is referring to Bradley Manning as Bradley Manning because that is his real name. Perhaps CNN is referring to Mr Manning as male — we would agree here that he isn’t actually a man — because he is male. If you do a physical examination on Mr Manning, as the Army did when he enlisted, you will find that he has male sexual organs. If you do a genetic test on Mr Manning, you would find that he has the XY chromosomes which make animals male, and not the XX chromosome pair which makes animals, including humans, female. If you look at all of Mr Manning’s life experiences, how other people interacted with him, it was with him being a male. Mr Manning might self-identify as a female, he might imagine how life would be for him if he really was a female, and might really, really wish that he was female, but he simply is not. Even if he undergoes hormone therapy and sexual reassignment surgery, he will still not be female; he would be a castrate male with an artificial vagina and fake breasts.

The author, Carlos Maza, himself a homosexual male, continued:

CNN’s “policy” on identifying transgender people contradicts the guidelines set forth by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), which both state that transgender people should be referred to by their preferred name and gender identity, regardless of the presence of a legal name change or gender reassignment surgery.

In other words, Mr Maza believes that CNN should ignore actual facts to follow a policy advocated by two biased interest groups.

Mr Maza went further to say that CNN’s policy is unfairly applied “because CNN doesn’t require proof of a legal name change before referring to celebrities like Lady Gaga and Vanilla Ice.” The fallacy of that argument is obvious: Lady Gaga and thousands of other performers achieved their fame while using a stage name; Mr Manning’s notoriety was achieved under the name Bradley Manning, and to misidentify him as a woman name Chelsea would be to not only misinform but also confuse viewers.

The American left did a good job in co-opting for themselves the self-appointed moniker of “the reality-based community.” Well, reality is that Mr Manning is a male, period. Apparently “reality” doesn’t mean the same thing to the left as it does to sensible people. With the left, truth is always the first casualty.

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