A trans male murdered six people, including three children, at a private Christian school
By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News
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CBS News is reportedly ordering staff not to use the term “transgender” to describe the shooter responsible for Monday’s horrific shooting at a private Christian school in Nashville that left six dead, including three 9-year-old children.
Police identified the shooter as a 28-year-old transgender and did not rule out that gender identity may have been a factor in a manifesto that was left behind, but network executives issued a memo to employees urging them to stay away from such coverage, according to The New York Post.
“The shooter’s gender identity has not been confirmed by CBS News. 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 memo read, per The New York Post.
The memo continued, “Right now we advise saying: POLICE IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS A 28-YEAR-OLD AUDREY HALE, WHO THEY SHOT AND KILLED AT THE SCENE. And move on to focus on other important points of the investigation, community and solutions.”
A trans male murdered six people, including three children, at a private Christian school.
A trans male murdered six people, including three children, at a private Christian school. (AP Photo/John Amis)
The directive was issued on a Tuesday morning editorial call by CBS News newsgathering vice president Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and standards and practices senior vice president Claudia Milne.
Grabien transcripts show that “CBS Evening News” did mention how authorities revealed that the shooter identified as transgender on Monday’s broadcast but made no mention of it on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell did use female pronouns for the shooter on Tuesday.
CBS News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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