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CNN is once again in the eye of the storm after publishing an article claiming that there is “consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.”
The article in question is titled “South Dakota’s governor issues executive orders banning transgender athletes from women’s sports”. What appears to be a newsworthy title actually embodies a strong criticism of Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of this conservative state.
CNN claims that, within Mrs. Noem’s arguments for banning trans people from competing on par with women, there are “transphobic” claims and biases.
“Though the two executive orders signed by Noem do not explicitly mention transgender athletes, they reference the supposed harms of the participation of “males” in women’s athletics — an echo of the transphobic claim, cited in other similar legislative initiatives, that transgender women are not women. The orders also reference “biological sex,” a disputed term that refers to the sex as listed on students’ original birth certificates,” CNN said.
Therefore, going against the most basic common sense, CNN properly wields that biological sex is something “controversial.” Instead, prohibiting a biological male – trans person – from competing with women – despite having physical and biological attributes that give him an advantage in high performance – is “transphobic.”
CNN’s narrative, relativizing reality and human anatomy, turning progressive subjectivity into objectivity, not only focused on the debate of whether biologically male individuals can compete with women. It went much further, reaching into the birth of people and how the sex of babies is defined.
“It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth,” the network explained.
Although it may seem laughable, for CNN there is no consensus on how to assign the sex of babies. That is, for the network, chromosomes do not determine your sex. Apparently, to assume this would be an act of transphobia.
One might ask CNN: who determines human biological sex? Because in the article, in addition to making a false statement, because it is easy to determine who is male or female -unless it is an intersex person, which represent less than 2% of the global population-, they do not dare to go deeper into their argument.
CNN’s Noem criticism
The network criticized the governor of South Dakota because she allegedly gave in to “conservative anger.” Noem, in first instance, rejected a bill pushed by the state’s Republican legislators that was quite similar to her two executive orders. An action that earned her, in effect, a lot of criticism.
In addition, Republican state representatives such as Rhonda Milstead criticized the governor’s executive orders as “weak.”
The executive orders are just (Noem) trying to really cover her tracks,” Republican state Rep. Rhonda Milstead told CNN. “She said she’d sign the bill, she said she supports fairness in women’s sports.”
Not only did the news network cover the South Dakota governor’s orders and her battles against more conservative Republican representatives, but it has also been doing steady work on legislation passed in the states of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee that also banned trans men from competing in women’s sports. The network decided to label these laws as “anti-trans.“
Criticism on CNN
CNN’s claims did not go unnoticed. Several personalities, especially conservatives, fired back at the network for wanting to trivialize the most basic biological concepts.
For example, Tim Carney, columnist at The Washington Examiner, upon reading CNN’s coverage, blurted out “What the hell?” on Twitter.
On the other hand, Ben Shapiro, editor emeritus of the Daily Wire, tweeted that “If you believe CNN’s last paragraph here, it is because you are an idiot.”
“All mammalian biology is sexually dimorphic. Small children can tell the difference between biological boys and girls accurately nearly 100% of the time. The question of whether any of those people suffer from gender dysphoria is a different question,” Shapiro said in a second tweet.
The relativism that is taking over today’s societies seems to cover more and more ground. Lately, it is possible to see from statements of important media such as CNN about the impossibility of determining sex to explanations that math is racist.
In this way, through a sort of misrepresentation of the facts, sanity and reason are eliminated. Both are indispensable for the growth of nations. Lacking a sense of objective reality, it is easier to throw ideologically biased/erroneous darts such as “you cannot determine the sex of a baby” when it has been done since time immemorial.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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