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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