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August 22, 2013

The New Republic Headline in 20 Point Font: "He Is Not Bradley Manning. She Is Chelsea Manning. Deal With It."

Because he says so.

This morning, Wikipedia users changed Manning's entry on the site accordingly, such that it now reads, "Chelsea Manning (officially Bradley Edward Manning; born December 17, 1987)" and refers to Manning throughout as "she." And yet, from ABC News to CBS News to Reuters to The New York Times to Politico, much of the mainstream media insists on using the male pronoun. Even the "Today" article about Manning's statement defiantly refers to her as "he," most notably when quoting the very sentence in which Manning asks that she be referred to as "she."


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[T]oday is hardly the last we'll hear from Manning, so reporters and editors alike ought to get in the habit of referring to Chelsea Manning in the way she prefers.

Aaron Blake of the Washington Post went the tedious route of only calling Bradley/Channing "Manning" and avoided any use of pronouns.

This is a power-trip thing. If you can compel people to say things which aren't true, why, then you have full power over them, don't you?

Below: What was once an absurdist parody is now the official position of the house organs of the New Class.

And below that: A prediction now almost arrived.


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