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The Soapbox: Piers Morgan, It Shouldn’t Be So Hard For You To Interview Janet Mock

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If there was one thing Piers Morgan got right in his interview with writer Janet Mock last night, it was when he called her, “brave, frank, and honest” about coming out as transgender. Sadly, the interview sort of falls apart after that.

From almost the start of the interview, the header “Was a boy until age 18” ran across the screen, insinuating that Mock wasn’t truly a girl or woman until she had genital reconstruction surgery. That is not only incredibly reductive regarding gender, but missed the entire point of Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More about her road to girlhood, which began far earlier than one moment in Thailand at age 18.

Instead of treating the topic of disclosure with the nuance and sensitivity that it deserves, Morgan went straight for the sensational, wanting to know how the various men Mock has dated have reacted when she finally told them about being trans. He treated Mock, her body, and her past as a spectacle, rather than with respect as befitting the lived experiences of a fellow human being. (You can read the transcript here, although Morgan’s responses on Twitter are a better illustration of his blowhard behavior.) Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: CNN Says Kate Middleton “Brilliant” For Delivering A Baby Boy On Her First Try

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  • I’m sorry? It’s it 1683? Because CNN’s Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter actually praised Kate Middleton for delivering a baby boy this afternoon. “My first thought, I have to say, this is how brilliant a royal Kate is,” Arbiter gushed. “There are women throughout British royal family history that have panicked over not being able to deliver a boy, and here we are, Kate did it the first time.”  [Talking Points Memo]
  • A federal judge has blocked a “fetal heartbeat” anti-abortion law in North Dakota , which would have criminalized abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, calling it “clearly … unconstitutional.” [Guardian UK]
  • Following an investigation by the federal government into complaints that they don’t properly handle sexual assault on campus, the college Swarthmore in Pennsylvania will hire two administrators to better handle incidents of sexual misconduct. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: CNN Says Nigella Lawson Looks “Weak,” “Subservient” Regarding Abuse Photos

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Reporting Fail

It’s not exactly a secret that CNN needs some help covering violence against women issues correctly. Remember when the Steubenville gang rape verdict was handed out and CNN was sooo worried about the poor young men whose lives had been ruined?

Well, looks like they still need some help. In a clip where hosts and reporters discuss the images that surfaced of Nigella Lawson being choked by her husband Charles Saatchi, the celebrity chef is referred to as looking both “weak” and “subservient.”

I can understand how CNN’s angle was trying to be, at least a little bit, ‘wow, what a shock that this wealthy celebrity couple might have abuse in their relationship!’ But the reporters’ are scrutinizing Lawson following the incident, rather than the guy who reportedly choked his wife four different times in front of shocked restaurant patrons. Keep reading »

Model Casey Legler Wears Tutus, Models Men’s Clothes

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"She obviously belongs on our men's board."

We introduced you to model Casey Legler before — she’s the gorgeous former Olympic swimmer who’s signed as a male model with Ford Models, and has been forging a successful fashion career ever since. In the video above, she talks to a couple of bewildered CNN anchors about being discovered by photographer Cass McCombs.

“I really was in love with tutus,” says Casey. “Wow,” gasps the female anchor, as Casey admits that despite her short-cropped hair and tomboy clothing, she still occasionally enjoys a tutu. Casey further blows her mind by telling her that “this, in the fashion world is just an example of what’s happening in a larger sphere.” Indeed! [SheWired]

The Onion Parodied CNN’s Steubenville Coverage — Two Years Ago!

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Verdict: Guilty!
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CNN’s coverage of Sunday’s Steubenville rape trial verdict was so offensive and abhorrant that it would be worthy of being parodied by comedy news website The Onion — except The Onion already did a parody of CNN’s rape coverage … in 2011! Check out this piece from The Onion’s SportsDome, which ran on Comedy Central, called “College Basketball Star Heroically Overcomes Tragic Rape He Committed,” and shudder at how eerily similar it is to CNN’s very real Steubenville coverage yesterday morning. It would be funny if it wasn’t so goddamn depressing. [HyperVocal]

CNN Mourns That Rapists’ Lives Have Been Ruined By Steubenville Guilty Verdict

No, Seriously, STFU.

UPDATE [2]: Okay, I’ve put the video back, in two parts, minus Trent Mays’ testimony.

UPDATE: I have pulled the video from this post for the time being, as I believe at one point in the eight minute segment, you can hear Mays use the victim’s name. I’ll try to replace the video with a version where her name is bleeped out ASAP. Further info on how Fox News, MSNBC and CNN did not bleep out the victim’s name here.

Yesterday morning, I watched with knots in my stomach as the Steubenville rape verdict was delivered. The evidence — including three key eye witness testimonies, photographs and incriminating text messages — against Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond was vast and it seemed hard to imagine that Judge Tom Lipps wouldn’t convict. Because there was so much evidence that physical contact had occurred between the victim (Jane Doe) and the defendants, the defense focused on trying to prove that while the victim was drunk, she wasn’t so drunk that she couldn’t consent to these acts. Therefore, the verdict in this case, which has drawn international attention, would do much to define when consent can be given in the eyes of the law. And given that this is hardly an isolated incident in one small football-loving town — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine emphasized that rape is a societal problem that is happening in towns and cities all across this country and the world — the decision in this case would be sending a clear message to victims and perpetrators far and wide.

Luckily, Judge Lipps rendered a guilty verdict on all three charges, sentencing Mays to a minimum of two years served consecutively and Richmond to a minimum of one year. At maximum, both could serve time in jail until they are 21. Both will have to register as juvenile sex offenders. Considering the pair could have been tried as adults and thus could have faced much harsher sentences, Judge Lipps ignored their parents’ and attorneys requests for further leniency, saying the sentences were practically a slap on the wrist.

That didn’t stop CNN, however, from being all torn up about it.
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Verdict: Guilty!
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Horrible Racism Of The Day: Black Camerawoman Mocked By RNC Attendees

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Well, this is awful. A black camerawoman working for CNN was pelted with nuts by two white RNC attendees and told “this is how we feed the animals” while covering the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Two convention-goers were ejected following the incident, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo.

CNN issued a brief statement noting that “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.” Later, convention officials released a follow up statement: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” [TPM]

When Fox News And CNN Got The SCOTUS Health Care Ruling Wrong

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When Fox News And CNN Got It Wrong

Remember this morning, when the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care law? That was awesome. But in the moments after the ruling came down, there was mass confusion about what it all meant. After all, Supreme Court rulings aren’t just like, YAY or NAY. They’re hundreds of complexly worded legal documents. So because both CNN and Fox News were concentrating so hard on being first with news of the ruling, instead of right, they both went to air with the wrong information. It’s a very “Dewey Defeats Truman” kind of moment, isn’t it? And it proves that reading really is fundamental.

Who’s Been Called In As “Experts” To Talk Birth Control On Cable News?

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Who’s been called in as “experts” on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that’s who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the “liberal”-leaning network of MSNBC didn’t do much better. When the debate primarily affects women’s lives — in this case, their very bodies — more female voices need to be heard. Shame on these networks for allowing guys, whatever their opinion, a greater voice in the debate.  [Think Progress]

Anderson Cooper Cracks Up On Air Over Gerard Depardieu’s Urination Incident

This video combines four of my favorite things: silver fox Anderson Cooper, awesomely bad puns, the mocking of a celebrity who pissed themselves on a plane, and a newscaster cracking up on air. Last night, during a segment called “RidicuList,” Anderson just couldn’t contain his laughter after spouting out a long list of puns about Gerard Depardieu, who apparently peed all over himself on a plane from Paris to Dublin when a flight attendant told him he couldn’t get up to use the bathroom. “So Depardieu created his own little jet stream,” said Anderson, reading the script. “Or as the French say ‘oui oui.’ [Other passengers] saw a actual thespian actually thes peein’ … They should thank their lucky stars it wasn’t Depar-two.” Anderson then scrunched his face and dissolved into hysterics. “Sorry, this has actually never happened to me. You see this sort of thing on YouTube and you don’t think this kind of thing will happen to you.” No worries, Anderson, we like! [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

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