Fox News personalities have criticised The New York Times for referring to US WikiLeaks soldier Chelsea Manning as female.
The cast of morning talk show Fox & Friends attacked The New York Times’ decision yesterday (27 August) whilst simultaneously mocking Manning.
In a teaser for a segment on Manning, co-host Gretchen Carlson said: ‘Bradley Manning wants to live the rest of his life as a lady …Are The New York Times helping him out? That’s Chelsea on the right’, accompanied by Aerosmith’s ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ playing over pictures of Manning.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade later criticised the decision to refer to Manning as Chelsea, believing it to be a ‘deception’.
‘Bradley Manning wants to live his life as a woman – he said that – and The New York Times is happy to help. Starting today, the paper will call him Chelsea Manning, so don’t be deceived.’
Kilmeade’s pronouns were corrected by co-host Steve Doocy, although Doocy later used male pronouns in the show.
Fox News have repeatedly misgendered Manning. Fox News host Jon Scott stated that referring to transgender individuals with their chosen pronouns is ‘political correctness gone amok’, whilst America’s Newsroom’s Greg Jarrett stated ‘I don’t do what Bradley Manning wants me to do’.
Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks.
In a statement issued last Thursday (22 August), Manning announced she planned to live as a woman, and asked for the correct feminine pronouns to be used by the press. However, the US Military have refused to fund her hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery.
Fox & Friends have been critical of transgender rights in the past.
When reporting on California’s transgender students’ bill on Tuesday 13 August, they called it ‘very scary’, a ‘slippery slope’, and ‘social engineering run amok’.