CBS: don't mention Nashville killer's gender identity

CBS News has found a solution to the ideological problem they face over the politically inconvenient facts about the Nashville shooting.

Refuse to report them. Simply ignore reality. Pretend it doesn’t exist.


It’s almost like they all got Ph. D.s and became university professors or something; only Joe Biden and professors are this disconnected from reality.

CBS has quite a history of denying reality. If I recall correctly, they were the last MSM news outlet to quietly admit that Hunter Biden’s laptop is genuine, years after it was proven to be. They did it grudgingly because they couldn’t ignore the Republicans’ investigations.

They are now doing their best to memory hole the Nashville shooting, just as you would expect. They aren’t the only ones trying to rehabilitate her image, of course, but they may be the most brazen.

Top executives at CBS News have banned staffers from using the word “transgender” when reporting on the Nashville shooter — despite the fact that police have said Audrey Hale was just that and cited it as a key point in the case, The Post has learned.

“The shooter’s gender identity has not been confirmed by CBS News,” the network’s executives insisted in a Tuesday memo obtained by The Post. “As such, we should avoid any mention of it as it has no known relevance to the crime. Should that change, we can and will revisit.”

The CBS News directive was delivered on a Tuesday morning editorial call by Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, the executive vice president of newsgathering, and Claudia Milne, the senior vice president of standards and practices, according to sources close to the Tiffany Network.

“Right now we advise saying: POLICE IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS A 28-YEAR-OLD AUDREY HALE, WHO [sic] THEY SHOT AND KILLED AT THE SCENE,” the Tuesday memo said. “And move on to focus on other important points of the investigation, community and solutions.


The media has been struggling with how best to cover the story, so they have been testing out various approaches. Some are trying to make the shooter another victim; others are emphasizing her struggles; yet others are celebrating her gentle and artistic soul.

Sources said Ciprian-Matthews and Milne spent 15 minutes on the Tuesday call discussing the directive — which bewildered many journalists, given that Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Hale was transgender and that her identity may be relevant to the motive.

It’s a bold move. Or perhaps it isn’t. I assume they have a good grasp on their news audience, and it is unlikely to be very online. Certainly, they are unlikely to be New York Post readers. So they may assume that they can just memory-hole a fact that most people are focused on.

Many on the Left have been pushing the idea that Audrey Hale was a victim, not the perpetrator. In Tennessee, where the children were shot, trans activists stormed the capitol and literally said so. They chanted it.

The confusion among the MSM-types is understandable. They have been pushing the false notion that there is a war against transgendered people, which is not true. There is no genocide. Transgendered people are violently assaulted at less than half the rate of the general population.


The Nashville shootings highlight this, so they must find a narrative that reinforces their point. It’s hard, though, because the transgender advocates are insane, and that is hard to hide.

Don’t expect the narrative builders to give up on generating a convenient narrative. They have a tough task, of course, but this is their area of competence. Lying, hiding facts, spreading misinformation, and censoring the truth are their bread and butter.



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