In a move that could be described colloquially among the free speech community as surprisingly ‘based,’ the New York Times clapped back authoritatively at Hollywood celebrities and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
According to The Post Millennial, the advocacy group launched a campaign excoriating the left-leaning establishment publisher for their refreshingly objective reporting on the transgender agenda. Much to the heavily maligned outlet’s credit, they have chosen to stand behind their writers.
An open letter to the Times, signed by a list of contributors and transgender advocates was published by GLAAD, and another letter was sent as part of a concerted campaign against the Times.
In the letter, the group claimed that “the Times has in recent years treated gender diversity with an eerily familiar mix of pseudoscience and euphemistic, charged language, while publishing reporting on trans children that omits relevant information about its sources.”
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The reporting in question, which decidedly understates the danger of childhood hormonal treatment, chemical castration, and surgical mutilation by comparison to more conservative outlets, is cited for referring to “a trans child seeking gender-affirming care” as “patient zero.” The letter also sources the President of the Gender Care Consumer Advocacy Network (GCCAN) as a “person speaking about a personal choice to detransition,” rather than the head of an organization examining the gender-related care of minors.
The letter further refers to the citation of Times articles in recent legal battles and legislation, failing to note the findings of the reports and studies that are critical of ‘transitioning children’, but merely their inclusion in legislation and rulings the authors find abhorrent.
Charlie Stadtlander, The New York Times’ director of external communications, replied in a statement published Wednesday by NiemanLab:
the @nytimes statement on the open letters about its coverage of trans people. from Charlie Stadtlander, director of external communications pic.twitter.com/szaYfSoB5t
— Laura Hazard Owen (@laurahazardowen) February 15, 2023
“We received the open letter delivered by GLAAD and welcome their feedback. We understand how GLAAD and the co-signers of the letter see our coverage. But at the same time, we recognize that GLAAD’s advocacy mission and The Times’s journalistic mission are different.
As a news organization, we pursue independent reporting on transgender issues that include profiling groundbreakers in the movement, challenges and prejudice faced by the community, and how society is grappling with debates about care.
The very news stories criticized in their letter reported deeply and empathetically on issues of care and well-being for trans teens and adults. Our journalism strives to explore, interrogate and reflect the experiences, ideas and debates in society — to help readers understand them. Our reporting did exactly that and we’re proud of it.”
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