The Associated Press was, once upon a time, as unbiased a news source as one could find.
The worldwide service was the Dragnet of news: “Nothing but the facts, ma’am.” They wrote dry, inverted pyramid pieces that always included both sides (or all sides) of a story.
But those days are long gone. Now, the service provides copy for its customers — most of whom traffic in liberal news. There’s nothing wrong with that — the numerous news outlets out there need stories, and the AP is simply providing that service. Yet that makes the AP now just an arm of the mainstream media. Don’t believe us? Try this on.
“How to know if your child is transgender,” was the headline of a Monday story from the AP.
In the piece, the news service gives tips for parents on how to figure out if their son is really a daughter, or vice versa. Consulting so-called “experts,” the article is meant to help parents empower their children to “call the shots in terms of their gender.”
“How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister’s dresses? What do you do if your daughter tells you she’s a boy? The Associated Press spoke to gender experts to answer some of parents’ most commonly asked questions,” the story says.
Yes, there are now “gender experts.”
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, suggests that parents “get away somewhere with their child and allow the child to call the shots in terms of their gender, such as letting them use a different pronoun or wear a dress or other clothing of their choice.”
“Do it somewhere where you’re not going to see people you know, if that’s an issue for you,” she says. “Do a weekend as a different gender, and see what you learn.”
“People have said this over and over again: ‘Oh, my God. I saw a side of my child I had never seen before.’”
The “tips” was a companion piece for another story about a “Rainbow Day Camp” in San Francisco.
“At transgender camp, children as young as 4 find safe space,” the AP said in that piece.
At camp, kids dance to Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus songs, read books about “transgender fluid” people, and are asked their preferred pronouns. Children can be seen wearing “Gay Purride” shirts.
“At check-in each day, campers make a nametag with their pronoun of choice,” the AP reported. “Some opt for ‘she’ or ‘he.’ Or a combination of ‘she/he.’ Or ‘they,’ or no pronoun at all.”
“Some change their name or pronouns daily, to see what feels right,” the AP added.