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The only activist in this conversation is Pamela Paul, who writes about almost nothing else (and when she does, is just as wrongheaded and factually embarrassing). I’m sure her facile defense (I’m basing this on similar conversations with others in her position) would be “Of course I’m a journalist; I work for the New York Times.” Which is the kind of argument from authority that someone makes when they have no real argument.

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Thank you for this. Pamela Paul is an activist/propagandist. And the New York Times is nothing more than a hate organization at this point, at least when it comes to transgender subjects, “issues“ being a word that I will not use because these are not issues at all but, rather, attacks. The fact that Ms. Paul admitted that her evidence was weak in her very short and, frankly, poorly written rebuttal to Reeds work, tells us everything we need to know about her motivations. She knows her evidence is poor to nonexistent, and yet she insists on leveraging it for this targeted misinformation, and the term misinformation is being kind. That the New York Times would be willing to completely sacrifice every tenant of their journalistic integrity in the service of these anti-trans attacks is apalling and very telling.

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Not the only thing going on here but I noticed Pamela Paul also pulls the old trick where people use "nonpartisan" to suggest "unbiased", as though anyone suggested that SEGM is sponsored by a political party or that transphobia aligns perfectly with partisan politics.

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Great story about a crucial distinction! But, I'm wondering if Reed and Urquhart meant the Southern Poverty (not Policy) Law Center?

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Such an important distinction you call out here, Parker. And it's the zenith of arrogance on Paul's part, who's writing an *opinion* piece that's laden with bad data and factual inaccuracies to bolster her erroneous talking points, to label these two people who do actual journalism as "activists." Also, thank you for amplifying their rebuttal. I've been a subscriber to Erin Reed for a while now, and she does such important work that doesn't get amplified enough, especially when she's competing with the bigots from the New York Times. As another trans person, I know how difficult and taxing it can be to dive into all this hateful, misinformed garbage states are trying to do to us, and I'm not sure how Erin does the work she does, and she does it so very well.

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Pamela Paul and the rest of NYTs regular op-Ed writers should be fired into the sun. They want all the benefits of being “serious journalists” with absolutely none of the accountability. Completely wrong and misleading data? “Well, it’s just like, my opinion, man.”

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Commoners-peasants were labeled as Populists, to diminish their understanding of *Proper* Men, if they tried to compete against land-granted Lordships (aka landlords). Black folk were labeled as Uppity for trying to exceed their Station In Life and not serving *Proper* Men. Women were Hysterical for wanting to have equal accessibility to things such as voting, like *Proper* Men. Reporting the facts of a (continuing) story is NOT activism, just because *Proper* Men and PM-adjacent people accuse them of such while they are increasingly ACTIVE against "Others" wanting the same accessibility as PMs. "Butbutbut if *every* body were equal, then the words RIGHTS would have no meaning!!!" and then point out "SOME body has to do the menial work, but Not-ME!" Being active in a thing does not make one an "activist"; it takes much more effort (re: activism) to dam a stream rather than it does to help increase the stream's productivity and happiness.

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It’s infuriating. I’ve been supporter/reader for as long as I could to Erin and her newsletter. It’s always high quality work even if it’s on such a depressing topic as the continued activism of xtian nationalists across many states. Paul sounds like someone who would have disparage M.L. King during the civil rights movement probably with the same tone and wording. Instead of being honest about it it’s cloaked in bullshit. She knows how easily refuted this crap is, as Erin expertly did in her rebuttal, but knows readers barely make it past headlines, let alone check sources for their validity. Journalist malpractice if I could bring myself to call her a “journalist”.

Stay well Parker. ❤️

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