New York Times called out – inaccurate, harmful trans coverage


New York Times trans coverage

On Wednesday, the New York Times received an open letter signed by almost 1,000 of the paper’s own contributors calling out the platform’s biased trans coverage.

Tens of thousands of the paper’s subscribers also signed the letter. Additionally, over 120 community organisations and prominent individuals signed another letter echoing the call for an end to misinformation.

The following day, a billboard truck circled the paper’s Manhattan office displaying related messages. One said, “Dear New York Times: Stop questioning trans people’s right to exist & access medical care.”

The letters included examples of direct negative impacts caused by irresponsible coverage in the New York Times. Legislators in Texas, Arkansas and Nebraska have all quoted New York Times articles as justification for anti-trans legislation.

Opinion presented as objective fact

GLAAD published examples of biased coverage in the paper.

The Times Science Desk, for example, regularly presents the opinions of non-experts as objective facts. The paper thereby ignores the overwhelming consensus support for trans healthcare among major medical associations.

Rather the New York Times publishes opinion pieces by non-expert anti-trans writers who pen sensational beat-ups about ‘social contagion’ and ‘trans regret’.

The increased trans coverage in the New York Times comes at a time of unprecedented hate campaigns against trans people in the US. Republican politicians relentlessly attack trans people as a key plank of the party’s electoral strategy.

Hate is contagious and the tactic has spread globally with far-right Australian politicians among those jumping on the bandwagon.

Also: Experts debunk ‘social and peer contagion’.

No, there’s no ‘social contagion’ turning Australians transgender.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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