Truly, America’s Finest News Source

Matthew G. Saroff
3 min readFeb 18, 2023

First, some context.

The New York Times over the past few months has been aggressively pushing transphobia in its stories.

This is not just it’s right-wing OP/ED contributor freaks, but it’s news page too:

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In the past eight months the Times has now published more than 15,000 words’ worth of front-page stories asking whether care and support for young trans people might be going too far or too fast,”

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That cumulative figure of 15,000 words doesn’t include the 11,000 or so words the New York Times Magazine devoted to a laboriously evenhanded story about disagreements over the standards of care for trans youth; or the 3,000 words of the front-page story from its designated anti-wokeness-beat reporter, Michael Powell, on whether trans women athletes are unfairly ruining the competition for other women; or the 1,200 words of the front-page story by Powell on how trans interests are banning the word woman from abortion-rights discourse.”

Complete Lack of Integrity

This has gotten so bad that over 1,000 Times contributors, along with a over 20,000 other people, have signed a letter calling the newspaper out for its apparent anti-trans bias, which was promptly condemned by issuing an (immediately leaked) memo stating that,”Will not tolerate, participation by Times journalists in protests organized by advocacy groups or attacks on colleagues on social media and other public forums.”

Needless to say, there has been a huge amount of condemnation about the behavior of the Times editors, but none was as effective, nor were as on target as The Onion:

It Is Journalism’s Sacred Duty To Endanger The Lives Of As Many Trans People As Possible

The task of reporting is not a simple one. Each and every day, reporters and editors at publications like The Onion make difficult decisions about which issues should receive attention, knowing that our coverage will influence not only how people think, but also how they act. This responsibility is at the core of an ongoing debate over whether news coverage of transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people is unduly biased. As the world’s leading news publication with a daily readership of 4.3 trillion, The Onion is compelled to weigh in.

We firmly believe that it is journalism’s sacred duty to endanger the lives of as many trans people as possible.

“Quentin” is a 14-year-old assigned female at birth who now identifies as male against the wishes of his parents. His transition was supported by one of his unmarried teachers, who is not a virgin. He stole his parents’ car and drove to the hospital, where a doctor immediately began performing top surgery on him. Afterward, driving home drunk from the hospital, Quentin became suicidally depressed, and he wonders now, homeless and ridden with gonorrhea, if transitioning was a mistake.

We just made Quentin up, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean stories like his aren’t potentially happening everywhere, constantly. Good journalism is about finding those stories, even when they don’t exist. It’s about asking the tough questions and ignoring the answers you don’t like, then offering misleading evidence in service of preordained editorial conclusions. In our case, endangering trans people is the lodestar that shapes our coverage. Frankly, if our work isn’t putting trans people further at risk of trauma and violence, we consider it a failure.

It goes on, but you get the gist. It’s one of the rather longer bits.

The Onion does a better job of condemning the moral pygmies at the the Gray Lady than does the whole rest of the media, though to be fair, those other folks made a good faith attempt.

Read the article in The Onion, right down to the signatures at the end:

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