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NY Times Spews Fake History, Blames Trump for ‘Violence Against Transgender People’

The New York Times continues to pile up propaganda for the transgender cause. The lead full-page National section story on Sunday by Isabella Grullon Paz and Maggie Astor was un-journalistic in its embrace of trans-activism and its hostile hurling of baseless charges against President Trump: “Black, Transgender And Mobilized – Imperiled Group Aims to Seize Moment.”

Grullon Paz and Astor stated a dubious proposition as a bald fact in the lead sentence: “Transgender women of color led the uprising at the Stonewall Inn 51 years ago on Sunday, but they were never put at the center of the movement they helped start: one whose very shorthand, “the gay rights movement,” erases them.”

That claim is highly dubious, and it actually required an abashed correction in Tuesday’s print edition:  “An earlier version of this article referred imprecisely to the role of transgender women of color in the Stonewall Inn uprising, suggesting they were the sole leaders. Trans women of color were leaders in L.G.B.T.Q. activism before, during and after the uprising, but they were among many activists who led at Stonewall.”

The piece continued:

Though active in the Black Lives Matter movement from the beginning, they have not been prioritized there either. At no point have black trans people shared fully in the gains of racial justice or L.G.B.T.Q. activism, despite suffering disproportionately from the racism, homophobia and transphobia these movements exist to combat.

But now, as the two movements are pulled together by extraordinary circumstances — the protests sparked by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery; the killings of two black trans women, Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, shortly after a black trans man, Tony McDade, was killed by the police; a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color; an economic crisis that has disproportionately affected trans people....

The paper’s knee-jerk liberal coverage puts in mind the old Mort Sahl joke, “World Ends, Women & Minorities Hardest Hit.”

Grullon Paz and Astor uncritically passed along unchallenged anti-Trump statistics from trans-activist groups. Go figure:

Violence against transgender people increased after President Trump was inaugurated, advocacy groups found in 2017, and Mr. Trump has singled out trans people in his policies since the beginning of his presidency.

His administration reversed Obama-era protections for transgender students, reimposed a ban on trans people serving in the military and, just this month, erased rules protecting them from discrimination in health care. It also sought to define gender as an immutable trait assigned at birth — an effort that would, essentially, define trans people out of legal existence.

The reporters finessed the hard-left calls to “defund the police” into something more palatable: “Calls to redistribute police funding to education and public housing could benefit black transgender people, who because of widespread transphobia have some of the highest rates of homelessness and unemployment in the country.

The Times has long been trying to make societal waves in the intellectually shallow end of transgender activism. Recently, it attacked Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for stating the reality that only women have the ability to menstruate.

In October 2018 the paper embarrassed itself with its panicky coverage of the Trump administration standing up for science by defining people in biological terms: “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.

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