Hey @NPR stop being jerks. Manning prefers female pronouns, use them.
— Megan A. Brooks (@librarygrrrl)
The jerks at NPR have evolved since Thursday, and on Friday directed reporters to honor the preferences of Bradley Manning and refer to the convicted WikiLeaks leaker as Chelsea Manning and “her” in any future reporting.
I have some sympathy for news outlets perhaps trying not to let her announcement distract from discussion of the sentence.
— Solstice Belle (@TheBarbarienne)
“Army Private Manning’s request to no longer be known as ‘Bradley’ is one NPR should respect,” wrote managing editor for standards and practice Stu Seidel in a memo to the newsroom. “. Manning asks to be called ‘Chelsea.’”
Manning, sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, said in a statement Thursday that he wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, though the Army has said it does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery.
Right decision. In principle, though, we should use names that satisfy our readers/listeners, not the people named
— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders)
Yes – the larger duty is to be sure people understand the story, whatever it is.
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) We allow people to decide what they want to be called
If NPR can evolve, perhaps we all can. Now respect Chelsea’s request and stop asking about it.