How low can the Washington Times go? This low.

It’s already a low bar when discussing the journalistic ethics of a newspaper founded, and run, by a cult leader.

But today the Washington Times quite possibly lowered that bar even further into the ever-swirling cesspool that is the Republican propaganda machine.

Today, in a putative “news story,” the Washington Times flipped out, in rather bigoted and biased terms, over the fact that Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as transgender after leaving the military, has been doing presentations at a variety of events at various US intelligence agencies and the Pentagon.

Trangsender former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck.

Transgender former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck.

And you know how gullible spies and generals are.  We simply must not permit “transgenders,” as the Washington Times so affectionately calls them (the term is “transgender,” and it’s an adjective, not a noun), to spread their insidious lies to our apparently easily-confused defense establishment.

If one transgender woman poses this much of a threat to the most expensive military the world has ever seen, then maybe we should all just pack it in and spend the money elsewhere.

(You can buy Kristin’s book, “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal’s Journey to Coming Out Transgender,” on Amazon via this link and we’ll get a portion of the proceeds.)

One need only read the first five paragraphs to get the full flavor of the Times’ “report” by Bill Gertz:

washington-times-trans

I actually had to go back and make sure that this wasn’t an editorial — and if it were, it would still be rather outrageous.  But this poses a “news” piece?

Oh, and if the Times really wants to go there, the biggest homo-lover at the Pentagon in the last 65 years was Bush-appointed Sec. Robert Gates, the man who personally oversaw the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. So, if you have a problem with it, go talk to the president you put in office.

Just to back up a moment. While the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military was lifted, a second ban still exists on transgender service members. It was under an entirely different section than the ban on gays.  Beck, although only recently having come out as trans, has been doing a lot of very-public work trying to educate folks about who trans people really are. And the trans community couldn’t ask for a better spokesperson than a former Navy SEAL.  It’s hard to question her patriotism, judgment, or motivation.

The Washington Times is right about one thing: Beck does pose a danger.  To bigots.


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    Why is a newspaper owned by the Moonies treated with any credibility?

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    Regarding “Moonies sold it in 2010″ – wouldn’t it be more accurate to say that the Unification Church sold it… ?

    As far as can be ascertained, it’s still owned by moonies and is still a moonie mouthpiece. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Times

    If you’re trying to not use the word “moonie” like “trandgenders,” that would be a funny literary device complementary to the thread, but even as such you’d be being too good, and splitting the finest hair ever if you call not being directly owned by the Unification Church to being privately held by that offspring of Moon himself, different in any way.

    It’s a moonie rag that’s never made a dime, than can barely be given away, that nobody respects enough to put under their parakeet, and that was deliberately founded to be a lobbying instrument upon our government, upon our country, by a foreign agent with delusions of Godhood and dreams of Armageddon.

    Every ‘journalist’ who works for it is a whore, and not just the honest and honorable type of whore who can and does exist, but the type who doesn’t care that they work for a krazy propaganda machine with an agenda so far from what real journalism serves there aren’t enough degrees in a circle to describe it, even including the infinite fractions of points within the degrees… 180 doesn’t work when analogizing the circles within circles of wrong in this equation.

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    Geez, the extract of the article reads like The Daily Caller. So I checked out the actual article. How can anybody take this rag seriously?

    And then they add links to war porn galleries in the side-bar. Hard to guess what kind of people we’re dealing with here, huh? But what’s both amusing and telling is this:

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon
    to integrate transgenders in May when he said the policy of banning
    transgenders should be reviewed continually. The transgender drive is
    the latest element of the Obama administration’s social engineering
    within the U.S. military.

    Could anyone have made that any more propagandish? Used a couple of nutjob-bait terms in there – like “Politically correct” and “social engineering.”

    To add insult to injury, there’s this:

    Ms. Beck, author of “Warrior Princess,” spoke to the DIA on June 18 as part of the intelligence agency’s annual Pride Month — formerly Gay Pride Month but now expanded to
    include a host of sexually related terms, including transgenders. She received an award from DIA Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn at the event.

    First off, nice sentence structure for a “newspaper.” So “transgenders” are reduced to being “terms”, not people? I mean, aside from being just incredibly inept writing, it comes out as calling people “terms.” WTF?

    I see they also go with the old trope of Obama “imposing law”. Good Godfrey, they don’t even try to hide their propagandizing.

    And this is what passes for right-wing “journalism”. Well, at least they mentioned her book. Not that regular readers of this crapsheet would ever buy it.

  • bpollen

    In a war zone, I would much rather have her at my back than the entire Washington Times staff. Even with the owners (though there would be a little schadenfreude with their predicament.)

  • kurtsteinbach

    Funny, I always put them on the same level as the National Enquirer and The Globe….

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    The Washington Times is the Anti-American religious reich’s version of The Völkischer Beobachter and Der Stürmer,

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    I’m intrigued by the level of factual ignorance the Times displayed unless, in the great scheme of things, they’re on the same playing field as the check-out line gossip sheets at the grocery store. Then it’s just Fantasy Island all the way.

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  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Moonies sold it in 2010. Still a rag.

  • nicho

    Is the Times still a Moonie rag?

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