As Not the Bee's Harris Rigby reported this week, the Los Angeles District Attorney recently suspended one of its prosecutors because he failed to use the preferred pronouns of a convicted child rapist who has also been accused of murder:
And I mean, hey, it's Los Angeles, so it's not all that surprising. Idiotic and outrageous, but not a shock.
What's arguably more astonishing and troubling is how Fox News decided to cover the story:
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon has suspended the attorney who prosecuted a 26-year-old trans child molester who was accused of identifying as a woman only after DNA evidence linked her to a cold case crime, according to law enforcement sources. ...
[Hannah] Tubbs has a lengthy criminal history in California and Idaho under the former name, James Tubbs – and allegedly began identifying as female after being arrested in connection with a 2014 child molestation case in which she pleaded guilty to attacking a 10-year-old girl in a Denny's bathroom stall.
Notice anything interesting about that report?
That's right: Fox News is honoring the chosen pronouns of a convicted child rapist.
This shouldn't be necessary to point out, but: If you're respecting the "transgender" "pronouns" of a deranged child-sex-abusing lunatic, you are very much part of the problem.
For most of the media, of course, this is uncontroversial. The mainstream media has been whole-hog all-in on transgenderism for years now. A man can commit the foulest, most sadistic, most unspeakable crimes imaginable, and if he suddenly discovers during his capital murder trial that he's a trans-femme woman named Desiree, then CNN and NBC will trip all over themselves calling him "she" and "her."
Fox News, on the other hand, is popularly known as the "conservative" or "right-wing" branch of the mainstream media catalogue. Mostly that categorization has always been a reference to the network's opinion hosts. The network's straight news coverage has overall been mostly average, often not that much different from anything you're apt to find at ABC or CBS.
But if there's one thing the "conservative" news network should do differently, it's absolutely, unquestionably, this.
Fox: You don't have to play by the rules of the transgender game. It's not necessary. You can reject it in favor of honesty, reality, sanity. This is not beyond you.
Maybe that's asking too much. I suppose it's expecting a lot to assume that even the nominally conservative news network would go against the grain that strongly. They have advertisers, sponsors, merchandising deals. I guess it's just easier to keep your head down and call Bruce Jenner "she" and hope for the best.
Even so — can we not draw the line at "Hannah" Tubbs? Can you at least differentiate between the factually wrong and the morally obscene? If you feel you must bow to the transgender lobby, can you at least commit to not bowing to the child molester lobby while you're at it?
I don't think that's too high a bar to clear. Call transgender celebrities by their preferred pronouns if you're too scared to speak truthfully. But please, I beg of you: Consider not disrespecting and further traumatizing the victims of child predators by respecting the deranged wishes of the child predators themselves.