A FOX News anchor is not backing down from LGBT groups who demand that national media outlets refer to convicted traitor Bradley Manning as a 'she' or 'her'.
Manning was sentenced last week to 35 years in military prison for leaking sensitive military documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks. The next day, Manning announced he wanted to live his life as "a female" named Chelsea.
Through his attorney, Manning said, "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."
Unlike the Associated Press and other media outlets where gays wield the most power, FOX News and CNN steadfastly refused to call Manning "Chelsea" or use feminine pronouns to describe him.
Manning's lawyer said Manning wants to live his life as a woman and he would pay for his own estrogen injections to develop breasts and other female characteristics. Manning's lawyer also said his client would not request a transfer to a female prison. Obviously because Manning isn't interested in having sex with females.
Typical of most narcissists, Manning wants to have his cake and eat it too.
On Fox News’ American Newsroom last week, host Gregg Jarrett continued to refer to Manning by his given name, "Bradley," and used the masculine pronoun “he.”
After the segment on Bradley Manning's announcement, Jarrett said, "People out there, don’t send me angry emails that I refered to him as Bradley and not Chelsea and him instead of her. I don’t do what Bradley Manning wants me to do. So thanks very much."
Then on Tuesday morning, "FOX & Friends" aired a segment on Manning while playing the Aerosmith song, "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" before cutting to a commercial break.
The response from LGBT groups and transgender sympathizers was immediate and angry. GLAAD referred to the "Fox & Friends" segment as "mocking" Manning.
GLAAD previously instructed media outlets to refer to transgender people by the name they choose, rather than their government name. GLAAD's Media Reference Guide also suggests that media outlets ask transgender "victims" which pronoun they would like you to use (he or she).
All of these demands puts journalists in the awkward position of pandering to a very tiny segment of society who may or may not have serious mental health issues.
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