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The credentialed media setting the terms of the debate is fake news

Alisyn Camarota interviewed “Gavin” Grimm on CNN’s New Day this morning, and Miss Camarota treated Miss Grimm like any other boy. Trouble is, Miss Grimm is not a boy. From The New York Times:

Bathroom Case Puts Transgender Student on National Stage

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg | February 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — The bespectacled teenager in the gray A.C.L.U. hoodie and cargo pants stood, back pressed against a chain-link fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, under a sign saying “No Trespassing, Authorized Personnel Only.” The White House, illuminated at night, cast a glow over well-wishers who, having just wrapped up a protest against President Trump, waited in line to pay homage to 17-year-old Gavin Grimm.

Mr. Grimm looked a little flustered. “Absolutely humbled,” he pronounced himself, as his admirers thanked him for being brave.

With Mr. Trump’s decision this week to rescind protections for transgender students that allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, the next stop is the Supreme Court, where Mr. Grimm — an engaging yet slightly awkward young man — is the lead plaintiff in a case that could settle the contentious “bathroom debate.”

Amid a thicket of conflicting state laws and local school policies on bathroom use, the suit, which pits Mr. Grimm against his school board in Gloucester County, Va., could greatly expand transgender rights — or roll them back.

Mr. Trump has portrayed the issue as one of states’ rights, and already the country’s transgender students face differing realities depending on their school. Some are restricted to the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate. Others are not. Then there are the students like Mr. Grimm, who have had separate facilities set aside for them.

At issue in Mr. Grimm’s case is whether Title IX, a provision in a 1972 law that bans discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that receive federal money, also bans discrimination based on gender identity. President Barack Obama concluded that it did. Despite Mr. Trump’s action, lawyers for both Mr. Grimm and the school board said Thursday that they expected the case to go forward, with oral arguments set for March 28 and school officials across the country awaiting the result.

There’s more at the original.

Miss Grimm, who was born female, decided that she was really a boy as soon as she became “aware of the difference between boys and girls,” and told Gloucester High School when she was 15 and starting her sophomore year. At first, the school let her use the male bathroom, but local parents and students protested, and following two tense meetings, the school board decided that Miss Grimm would have to either use the female restrooms or any of three single-user restrooms made available for her. Two of those single-user restrooms are in refurbished utility closets, according to the Times, which means that the school incurred additional expenses in this case. In effect, the school provided Miss Grimm with a special accommodation.

But, that’s not good enough, not for Miss Grimm and the transgender lobby. To provide single user unisex bathrooms for their use is to state, inter alia, that Miss Grimm is exactly what she is, which is female, and that hurts her feelings, makes her feel different. If it is a matter of what she believes she is, the 0.3 to 0.03% of the population which apparently believes that they are a different sex than what their biology indicates, it’s pretty obvious that far more than 0.3 to 0.03% of everybody else knows that they are what their biology makes them.

President Trump and his team have made a great deal about “fake news,” something the credentialed media claim exists only amongst the wicked right-wingers. However, if you had seen Miss Camarota’s interview, or read the Times article, you would see that the credentialed media are attempting to persuade their audience that Miss Grimm actually is male. The Times used the male honorifics throughout, and both the Times and Miss Camarota used male pronouns to refer to Miss Grimm. Even the supposedly conservative Washington Times went along with that silliness, using the masculine pronouns to refer to Miss Grimm. Of the sources I researched, only the Daily Caller used the feminine pronouns and presented the article in a fashion which indicated that Miss Grimm is female:

At least one physician has diagnosed Grimm with gender dysphoria, which means that Grimm insists she is actually a boy even though she was born with — and lived her life with — female reproductive organs.

The left used to claim to be the ‘reality-based community,’ but referring to a girl who claims to be a boy in terms accept her claim is the epitome of unreality, of accepting the delusions of someone who is mentally ill as being real. I can understand people having sympathy for someone with Miss Grimm’s problems, but having sympathy ought not mean lying to yourself.

Conservatives must not allow the media to frame the terms of the debate, and allowing the credentialed media usage of false identification of sex lets them frame the argument in both leading and unreal terms.
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Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.