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Are Transgender Style Guidelines Evolving or is Everyone Still Terribly Confused?

Think Progress intern Marina Fang, like a bunch of other news outlets as of late, has a fascinating piece on newsroom guidelines regarding transgender reporting. The question at hand: Should writers use the preferred “he” or “she” pronouns despite how a person was born?

Fang’s piece comes in the context of Private Chelsea Manning, the Army private who was previously Bradley Manning. Manning considers herself female even though she was born male. AP will use the pronoun preferred by the individual, as will the NYT. WaPo is still “reviewing its procedure.” NPR used male pronouns Thursday but by Friday “had evolved.” Not included in Fang’s story is MetroWeekly, one of Washington’s two gay publications, which refers to Manning as “she” through and through.

The Daily Caller is mixed — no set policy. “The transgender thing is tough,” Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson told FishbowlDC. “I feel sorry for them for sure — imagine being so unhappy you castrated yourself — and in general we call people what they want to be called. On the other hand, you can’t change your sex. It’s impossible. A person’s sex is determined at the DNA level.  It’s lying to pretend otherwise.  We don’t have a policy on it though.”

The Hill, run by conservative-leaning Hugo Gurdon, appears to agree with Carlson. They called Manning “he” and explained that “he” preferred to be known as Chelsea Manning. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, meanwhile, referred to Manning as “Mr. Manning” in a recent White House briefing.

Still, Fang writes that the AP and NYT “danced around the issue, using gender-neutral pronouns in their stories on Manning when the story first broke last Thursday.”

This is Think Progress, after all, so Fang avoids citing the policies of conservative sites. But a quick look at Breitbart.com addresses the whole he/she issue like this. Read more

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Thom Hartmann Gets Column at Daily Caller

Today Thom Hartmann‘s weekly column makes its debut in The Daily Caller. In his first column he tackles the burning question: “Should the Post Office be in charge of your emails?”

Hartmann hosts the liberal Thom Hartmann Program. Hence the snappy, fitting name of the column: “Liberally Yours.” The way his column will work is that he’ll lead the discussion followed by a conservative or libertarian response.

Read his first column here. This week’s rebuttal will be offered by Daily Caller Opinion Editor  J. Arthur Bloom.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Would You Eat This Crap? “Just had a plate full of CRAZY food for dinner here in Seoul… actually a couple of plates full. It was a buffet. :) ” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long in Seoul.

Also in Seoul: “So I have 16 hours left in Korea. and I never got over my jetlag. #UGH” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Don’t worry, Rush is ok!

“Thanks for your good wishes…I’m fine, folks. @mmfa is like jock itch. An irritating chafe. A little baby powder and voila!” — Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Attention grabbing headline in WaPo: “Germantown man convicted of manslaughter in fight over clogged toilet” — Don’t laugh too hard readers. Two housemates got into a squabble over a clogged toilet and one man is dead. Let this be a lesson to everyone to keep their bathrooms clean and their toilet paper stocked. Read the story here.

Journo Love

“The bookers for @CNNSitRoom deserve a raise. Romney, Gingrich & Santorum on same show with @wolfblitzercnn. Nice job!” — CNN Commentator Paul Begala.

A scribe’s gratitude for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

“Oh good, Wolf is going to tell us about the teenager with the empty pot bag.” — Former Gawker Political Editor and general vagabond for the time being Jim Newell.

Cameras inside the court?

“We should have TV cameras inside the Supreme Court. This is the third branch of government, not the CIA.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Potentially risqué act

“Should I teach my computer’s spell-check to understand the word ‘Santorum’?” — JRC’s Jeremy Binckes.

Reporter soon heads to Afghanistan

“Thanks for the #MilitaryMonday love. A week from today, I should be blogging from Afghanistan. Hope you’ll follow along.” — War correspondent for Marine Corps Times Dan Lamothe.

Today at 3 p.m.: Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch hosts the Thom Hartmann show. TIME: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details here.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Hide the Olives!

When Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) comes to dinner, probably best to steer clear of olives. Not if you know what’s good for you. Sure, he’s settled the lawsuit. But you want to risk that?

On Saturday night, lefty radio host Bill Press and wife, Carol, hosted a dinner at their home to welcome radio talk show host Thom Hartmann and wife, Louise, to Washington. The couple relocated from Portland, Ore. two months ago. Dinner guests included fellow lefties David Corn of Mother Jones and wife, Wilmoed; and former NYT/ABC Latin American stringers Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan. The guests of honor were Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth.

“When we learn he’d sued Longworth Cafeteria over an olive (!), we were nervous,” Press wrote FishbowlDC. “But he settled lawsuit day before dinner party. And, just to be safe, we made sure all olives we served were pitted!”

Aside from pitted olives, the dinner menu boasted mushroom soup, duck breast, wild rice, and brussels sprouts (no duck for vegans or vegetarians), salad and pear sorbet.

The Kuciniches are well-known vegans. No olive injuries were reported, and luckily the duck breast presented no danger.

Morning Reading List, 01.15.09

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Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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Morning Reading List, 09.01.08

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Morning Reading List, 08.07.08

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