A reporter and editor at Mediaite wrote an entire news story Thursday chastising NBC’s Ken Dilanian for referring to Chelsea Manning as “he” and “him” in news segment.
“NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian referred to imprisoned former army intelligence veteran Chelsea Manning, who is a trans woman, as ‘he’ and ‘him’ during a news report on the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,” Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher said.
Christopher was perturbed that Dilanian said the following on “MSNBC Live With Hallie Jackson:”
Specifically, Chelsea Manning was an army private stationed in Iraq, he was downloading hundreds of thousands of top secret U.S. government files from the military and from the State Department, and he was sending them to assange [sic] and Wikileaks to make public. As part of those communications, the U.S. Government alleged Manning asked Assange to help him crack a DoD password.
Manning – formerly Bradley – transitioned to a female while imprisoned, and eventually received a pardon from President Barack H. Obama.
Christoper explained the rules for journalists reporting on transgender people, which, of course, are suggestions, not mandates.
“According to the Human Rights Campaign, journalists should ‘Respect transgender people by using the names and pronouns they use in daily life,’ and notes that ‘If you’re a reporter and not sure, the AP Stylebook advises that you should ‘use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly,'” he said.
Alternatively, reporters can use whatever words they want, and there’s nothing the Human Rights Campaign or anyone else can do about it.
Robinson is a known curmudgeon. Recently, he was upset that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) used the word “niggardly” – way back in 1986.
Big League Politics reported:
A Mediaite writer and editor took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about the word choice of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a clip from 1986.
“‘I am not going to be niggardly about funding for daycare…’ – Bernie Sanders 1986,” Tommy Christopher said, quoting Sanders.
“I know it’s not a slur, but I’ve always wondered why a person would choose to say that word, when ‘stingy’ would do just as well.”
Niggardly is a perfectly good English word, though this reporter prefers parsimonious. Perhaps it’s uncomfortable for the
middle-aged white liberal crowdwimps among us.
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President Trump Takes Down Chinese State Media Reporter: “Who Do You Work For, China?”
The reporter works for a company all-but controlled by the Chinese government.
President Donald Trump correctly questioned if a reporter promoting the supposed efforts of Chinese companies to provide needed coronavirus supplies was working for a Chinese-government controlled media company at Monday’s press conference.
Youyou Wang asked a question that was phrased as more of a statement, describing the humanitarian efforts of Chinese companies Huawei and Alibaba as a potential motive for the United States to rescind trade restrictions on China in the wake of the epidemic.
Watch the exchange here:
Who do you work for, China? pic.twitter.com/dDeOKpHkhv
— The Mission is Great (@missionisgreat) April 6, 2020
“Who are you working for, China? Do you work for China, or do you work for a newspaper? Who are you with?”
Youyou Wang stated that she works for a privately owned media company, but scrutiny of Hong Kong Phoenix TV reveals that it’s closely linked to the Chinese government. According to The National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam, 37.1% of the company’s parent, Phoenix Satellite Holdings, is owned by a former Colonel for China’s state propaganda TV channel. Another 20% of the company is owned by Extra Step Investments Limited, which is a subsidiary of a Chinese government-owned company called China Mobile.
— Dermot O'Shea (@LUV2SKIPOW) April 6, 2020
Mainstream media operatives immediately pivoted to paint Trump’s wholly reasonable inquiry to the nature of Wang’s media company as somehow prejudiced, claiming that it was inappropriate that Trump question the motives of someone who was trying to defend China’s major corporations and government in the midst of the pandemic.
His suspicions appear to have been validated, considering no more than 65% of the company is owned by individuals and entities with demonstrable connections to the Chinese government. Many of China’s nominally ‘private’ companies are essentially owned by the nation’s authoritarian government and work tirelessly to advance its interests.
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