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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
CNS Managing Editor Treats 3-Year-Old Anti-LGBT Testimony As 'News'

And now, this supposedly breaking news from managing editor Michael W. Chapman:

Dr. Joseph Berger, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, states that from “a scientific perspective,” being “transgendered” is a psychological issue – “emotional unhappiness” – and “cosmetic surgery” is not the “proper treatment.”

Dr. Berger, who also is a past president of the Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, presented his remarks before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights when it was considering a bill (C-279) in 2013 to “include gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination.”

That's right -- the testimony Chapman is citing took place three years ago. Chapman does not explain why he only now finds it to be newsworthy.

Chapman goes on to pump up Berger's psychiatric and medical credentials, but he omits that Berger is affiliated with with the notoriously anti-gay National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and that Berger actually recommended that transgender youth be bullied.

Chapman has a fondness for old, outdated transphobia. In 2014 he rehashed a two-month-old anti-transgender commentary, which he lazily re-rehashed a year later by slapping a new publication date on it.

As with that old rehashed commentary, Chapman made no attempt whatsoever to reach out to transgender advocvates to provide balance, even though CNS' mission statement insists that the organization "endeavors to fairly present all legitimate sides of a story."

Apparently, hating transgenders is more important to Chapman than following sound journalistic practice.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:10 PM EST

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