The right wing is on the offensive and Komo Seattle, a mainstream media source, is showcasing it with this misgendering misinformational ‘news’ video.
KOMO has done more that compromise its integrity, they have become the bigot.
At issue is a transgender woman right to use public accommodations as provided by law.
This might come as a surprise to Joseph Backholm. According to a poll I conducted following the original story, asking whether its OK to sauna with minors the vast majority placed the needs of the children above all else, regardless.
Fifty percent said no, not under any circumstance, thirty percent thought if the law provides for it AND privacy can be assured they felt it was OK. The remaining responded yes, if it was lawful.
Clearly the vast majority of trans people are in agreement with Joseph Backholm on that count. If this trans person was in fact exposing her original plumbing to minors it would have been unacceptable.
But there are only allegations of this gross impropriety, yet to be determined in a court of law. And that takes us back to the KOMO story.
This may very well be the worst anti transgender ‘news’ report, ever found in mainstream media. The disembodied sound bites from the University spokesman never expressed dismay at following the law, but they were were presented as such by KOMO. The video was edited so sound bites seemingly attributed to parents were in fact the voice of leader of the virulently anti LGBT group, the Family Policy Institute of Washington.
The reporter shaking her head in disgust, stated they hadn’t been able to ‘track down’ the trans woman, as if tracking a predator. Evidently despite their best skills at tracking, they were unable to hunt down any of the parents either.
The framing of the KOMO ‘news’ article is symptomatic of transphobic reporting found in lesser ‘conservitive’ Faux News reports, blogs and right wing radio all which in a seemingly concerted effort have launched this simultaneous attack to convict this trans woman for simply exercising her rights under the law.