Real talk: I'm not going to say that journalists shouldn't ever cover any difficult trans issues. I couldn't say that.

But... it's honestly bizarre how many people seem to believe (or at least argue) that their work exists in a vacuum.
It's not particularly controversial to know that if a topic is covered in a particularly biased way, if it is lopsided, if it is sensationalized, etc. then that will influence people's beliefs, even if a particular article is factually correct.
Most people in this country know very, very little about trans healthcare, what it entails, what the process is for medical transition, and things like that. They have no basis to understand what is normal and what is not.
For instance, I CONTINUALLY find it impossible to convince people that surgeries aren't being performed on children. Some of this is bad faith, but some of it is due to the fact that all anyone knew about trans people in the past was 'sex changes'.
Most people in this country have NO reference for any part of the 'debate'. Consider that from their perspective what they saw was: sex changes and TS porn, then Caitlyn Jenner, then articles about problems with treatment for trans youth. That's what they SAW.
So while one may not INTEND to start a panic about it, it's not exactly difficult to see the connections, nor is it unreasonable to ask if editors and journalists weren't perhaps a bit too eager to cover an incredibly niche and esoteric topic without considering the context.
Consider that articles like Jesse Singal's Atlantic piece were on the cover. The 'other side' gets MAYBE covered in an LGBT section, if there is one.
Writers and editors might consider it unnecessary to cover what is normal because that's dog bites man. But what we have is a situation where people believe that men are going around biting dogs all the time.
What I will say is that writers and editors across a broad range of publications (The Atlantic, BBC, Guardian, New Statesman, LA Times) have contributed to a panic about trans youth. I won't say for certain that it's out of malice, but even if it wasn't, it's still happening.
It's extremely frustrating because people want it both ways. They want both the juicy stories about the terror of 'trans activists', while also claiming to have nothing to do with a panic over trans activism.
Even a shred of contrition would go a long way in making me believe in their good intentions and sincere wish for trans rights... but that won't happen.

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