This was the story on the Huffington Post:
Army General Upholds Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence
Posted: 04/14/2014 1:41 pm EDT Updated: 04/14/2014 2:59 pm EDT
WASHINGTON — An Army major general has denied Chelsea Manning’s request for clemency and upheld her 35-year sentence for leaking sensitive government documents to WikiLeaks, in a move that will kick off the appeals process in the high-profile case.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan’s decision was announced in a Monday press release from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. As the commanding authority for Manning’s court martial, Buchanan had under military law the power to approve or reject the results of the trial judge, Col. Denise Lind.
Manning’s supporters had flooded Buchanan with over 3,000 letters of support, but his move was nonetheless widely expected.
“It’s no surprise that the convening authority denied this request. We anticipated it, and we’re prepared to go forward with the appeal,” said Nancy Hollander, Manning’s recently selected appeals lawyer. “We did not expect any relief from the general. But we do believe that we will go forward with the appeal, and that was always what we intended to do.”
Manning has been held in military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas since shortly after she was sentenced in August 2013 for leaking the military reports and other documents. Formerly known as Bradley, she began legal proceedings last month to formally change her first name to Chelsea. She is seeking treatment for gender dysphoria from the Army, which currently bans service by transgender persons.
A bit more at the link.
But, note the silliness: the HuffPo — or PuffHo, as John Hitchcock refers to it — cited The Washington Post story which noted that Prisoner Manning has applied fore a legal change of name, and that story states that the hearing on his request is scheduled for April 23rd, which hasn’t arrived yet. Mr Manning’s legal name is Bradley Manning, and that is the only proper way to refer to him. I’d note here that the Post went along with the same silliness, referring to Mr Manning with feminine pronouns and the name he wishes to be called.
But Mr Manning has not had his name changed, legally, nor has he undergone any “gender reassignment” treatment; he remains a male.
Unfortunately, the problem isn’t just silliness: it’s a leftist attempt to nudge people into accepting Mr Manning’s illness as somehow normal. Our (supposed) newspaper of record, The New York Times used the Reuters story as its version, a version which used the wrong name and the incorrect pronouns exclusively, and made no reference at all to Mr Manning having been born male and wishing to become female:
Ms. Manning was an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when she gave WikiLeaks 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts. She pleaded guilty to 10 charges but was convicted on 20 counts, including espionage and theft.
Even if someone foolishly accepts Mr Manning’s claim that he is really female, as Reuters seems to have done, at the time Mr Manning pleaded guilty on some charges and was tried on others, he had made no (public) mention of his desire to emasculate himself. The Reuters, and hence The New York Times, report is simply false.
Other supposedly mainstream news sources going along with this included MSNBC (hardly a surprise), The Guardian, (again, not a surprise) ; UPI at least tried to get it correct, but also erred with a single use of the female pronoun.
Many of the mainstream press sources I searched used wire service copy rather than their own. The Philadelphia Inquirer published, on page A-7, with a five column-wide headline, part of the Associated Press version, cutting it short of the point at which the AP version mentioned Mr Manning’s declaration that he was female, which left the Inquirer’s story as one referring exclusively to “Chelsea” Manning and using the feminine pronouns. And even Fox News used the Associated Press version uncritically.
The left, when it was trying to make its case against President George Bush, used to call itself the “reality-based community,” and say that everyone is entitled to his opinion, but nobody is entitled to his own facts. Well, the facts are that:
- Mr Manning was born male, complete with male genitalia;
- Mr Manning has the XY chromosome structure which separates males from females in all of earth’s sexually differentiated species;
- Mr Manning spent his entire life as a male;
- All of Mr Manning’s experiences are as a male, and of other people responding to him as a male;
- Mr Manning still has male genitalia, and still has XY chromosomes; and
- Mr Manning has received none of “sexual reassignment” treatment hormones.
By all objective measures, Mr Manning is male. The only indication that he might be female is his expressed desire, and that makes him no more female than my desire to be Tsar of All the Russias has given me the throne. Even if someone believes that hormone treatments and “sexual reassignment” surgeries can transform a male into a female, those things have not happened in Mr Manning’s case.
Simply put, the professional media are lying to you.