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Why I’m Leaving The Daily Wire
There is a critical distinction between speaking truth and being tactless, between sticking to the facts and sticking it to the libs.
After much consideration, I am tendering my resignation from The Daily Wire, a publication to which I dedicated my time and passion as an investigative reporter for the last six months.
My interest in the transgender debate became all-consuming when I realized that so many of our trusted institutions—the mainstream media, government, academia, civil rights and gay rights organizations, big tech, and the medical establishment—were misled on this issue and were misleading the public in turn. As a pro-choice atheist who has consistently voted Democrat throughout my adult life, this realization, as I’ve written, was nothing short of world-rocking.
When the documentary “What is a Woman” was released in 2022, I thought it was a brilliant commentary on the state of our culture. Matt Walsh didn’t insult his interviewees, but instead let them embarrass themselves with deeply incoherent attempts to answer a question any first grader should be able to answer. Even my liberal parents loved the movie. So, when The Daily Wire approached me with the opportunity to write exclusively on transgender issues with an emphasis on pediatric gender medicine, I accepted.
There were difficulties working for a decidedly conservative news and media corporation, which I anticipated. For instance, health professionals would not talk to me, much less go on the record, because of their suspicion of “Right-wing media.” But I pushed through these inconveniences because I felt that much of the criticism directed at The Daily Wire staff was misguided. Their position on transgender issues was sufficiently nuanced, and their editorial standards were, and remain, high.
I was told that The Daily Wire’s stance was that adults could live their lives however they pleased, so long as they kept kids out of it. There was no clash between safeguarding of children and tolerance for alternative adult lifestyles, even ones that some might regard as unhealthy.
It was a message I could get behind.
But recent videos and posts have weakened my confidence in their commitment to this message. On Valentine’s Day, Matt Walsh did a segment on his show about transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney that has now been viewed by millions. “You are weird and artificial, you are manufactured and lifeless, you are unearthly and eerie, you are like some kind of human deepfake,” Walsh said. “Everyone [who] looks at you will see something pitiable and bizarre.”
Walsh has defended these statements as “good strategy” because, he says, they rally the conservative base. He adds that the goal is not to “convince the other side” but to “defeat, humiliate, and demoralize” his opponents. This triggered a race to the bottom, with other social media personas one-upping each other to see who can take more extreme stances.
There are transsexuals who are not ideologues, who know they cannot literally identify out of their sex, and who believe that medical transition is a choice for adults—not children—to make. I count some of them as my friends. They are trying to educate the public, using their unique position as transsexuals to deflect ad hominem criticism that they are motivated by prejudice or perversion. Some have also participated in helping to pass legislation to protect women’s sports and safeguard children. Walsh’s rhetoric coincided with a sudden deluge of animus toward transsexuals like my friend Blaire White, simply for being transsexual.
I can only assume that the enthusiasm generated by Walsh’s hardline position encouraged another colleague of mine, Michael Knowles, to make a controversial statement at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Many left-wing media outlets deliberately misinterpreted Knowles’ claim that “transgenderism” should be “eradicated from public life entirely” as a call for “eradicating transgender people,” and many later corrected their headlines to accurately reflect the quote. A generous interpretation of Knowles’ statement is that he wishes to eradicate gender ideology, a postmodern social theory, from public life. So why not say that? On this issue it is extremely important to clearly distinguish between people and ideas so as not to feed into Left-wing manufactured hysteria about impending genocides.
The political Right often rails against “identity politics” and group labels yet many fail to distinguish between transgender people and transgender activists. Not all transgender people are transgender activists. In fact, many—especially of the older generation—find the extremism of contemporary trans activism appalling. Likewise, not all transgender activists are themselves transgender. Included in this group are doctors and researchers who pump out junk science and stake their careers on medical experimentation on vulnerable teenagers.
An important lesson we’ve learned from the growing number of detransitioners is that transgender identities are not always fixed. Being transgender is not innate and biological the same way that being gay is. Many are socially influenced to adopt transgender identities for a variety of reasons and are medically “affirmed” without proper evaluation.
A number of those who identify as transgender today may become detransitioners tomorrow. They will need our help, especially as they face a torrent of attacks from their former “community” for the sin of apostasy. Many of these people are susceptible to gender ideology in the first place because they struggle with mental health problems, body image issues, or autism. I would know: I’ve dealt with all three. If we do not exhibit compassion for this group of young people, we make it less likely for some to inevitably realize their mistake and reach out to us for help.
As a journalist, I have to believe there are reachable centrists, including moderate liberals, who are uncomfortable with gender ideology but who have been insulated from serious coverage of this medical scandal. Winning over hearts and minds is difficult enough without inflammatory statements such as “transgenderism must be eradicated from public life.” There is a critical distinction between speaking truth and being tactless, between sticking to the facts and sticking it to the libs.
I am keenly aware of the distinction between factual reporting and opinion. As a journalist and reporter, I dedicate my days and nights to meticulously surveying data, scouring the primary literature, and choosing the best words to accurately convey the truth. But such painstaking attention to detail is rendered meaningless when the company’s flagship entertainers and personalities speak impulsively and deploy divisive rhetoric for entertainment and clicks.
This is not a game, and we cannot afford to make these issues overtly partisan. The bodies, minds, and lives of children are being permanently damaged, and everyone, not just reporters and journalists, has a duty to approach this issue with the seriousness it demands.
In light of these concerns, I can no longer in good faith maintain my employment with The Daily Wire. There are many wonderful journalists at this organization who continue to do stellar work, and I hold no animosity toward any of them. But when my employer can no longer make good on the promise I was given at the start of my employment, my only recourse is to resign.
Though I’m leaving The Daily Wire, I am not leaving the fight. As an independent journalist I will continue my commitment to factual and rigorous reporting on gender ideology and pediatric gender medicine, with the goal of reaching people across the entire political spectrum.
I am writing a guidebook for parents called “The Parent’s Survival Guide To Gender Ideology,” which will provide parents with a short yet comprehensive survey of all the main issues to adequately equip them to push back against gender ideology in their schools and communities. A companion website will also be created to provide fact-based, nonpartisan information exposing gender pseudoscience.
I’ve illustrated several children’s books in the past and will be writing and illustrating a children’s book that teaches kids to embrace their individuality regardless of their (non)conformity to sex-based stereotypes.
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