Noah Hurowitz

Journalismism etc.

Keeping it classy: NPR, the Sun Journal and Chelsea Manning

In the wake of Chelsea Manning’s official coming out as female, news organizations scrambled to figure out how to write about her while sticking to style guidelines.

They were kind of slow to do it, but by Thursday afternoon, the conversation was getting started. But some outlets have handled the issue with little grace. The New York Times ran a story about news organizations’ responses, which included this gem from National Public Radio spokeswoman Anna Bross:

“Until Bradley Manning’s desire to have his gender changed actually physically happens, we will be using male-related pronouns to identify him.” 

Stay classy NPR, and let us know when you’ve conducted a physical examination of Manning’s genitals and hormone levels.

Closer to home, we have a bizarre Twitter/Facebook gaffe by the Lewiston Sun Journal. Thursday morning, when the news was first breaking, they tweeted the story while quipping “Because living in a military prison for 35 years will be easier as a woman?” 



After a small gang of young Maine journalists piled on the Sun Journal for their insensitive and weird tweet, it was removed without comment. You fucked up, Sun Journal; at least have the decency to acknowledge your mistake.

[Full disclosure: I work for The Forecaster, a weekly newspaper that is part of the Sun Media Group, along with the Sun Journal]

News organizations too slow in using female pronouns for Manning



The Army private born Bradley Manning, sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, has come out officially as a woman, Chelsea Manning. She’s requesting the use of female pronouns.

Most news outlets are slow to catch up. On Twitter, The Associated Press, the New York Post, the Boston Globe and others used male pronouns in the same breath as they announced Manning’s identification as female and wish to go by “Chelsea.” 

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Bridge over I-295, Portland.

Bridge over I-295, Portland.

Oh jeeze, what did I sign up for?

Oh jeeze, what did I sign up for?

USM student dies while abroad

A University of Southern Maine student has died following an apparent accident in the Philippines.

Kim Lim, a junior marketing and general management double major, was hiking with friends when he drowned. USM President Theo Kalikow released the news in an email to the community Wednesday afternoon.

Kim had been studying abroad in South Korea at our partner institution, Sogang University, and had travelled from South Korea to the Philippines. Kim and friends were hiking near Tappiya Falls when he drowned. His traveling companions were not USM students, and no one else was hurt.

Lim was a USM presidential scholar as well as the recipient of the Mitchell Institute’s 2010 Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Pioneer Scholar Award, which recognizes first-generation college students from recently immigrated families. According to Kalikow, Lim’s family had relocated from Cambodia to South Portland in order to provide educational opportunities to him and his brother Khoung, also a USM student.



RedState Editor Erick Erickson tweets his support of the new pope, execution of Argentine leftists

Erick Erickson, a Fox News contributor and editor-in-chief of the right wing blog RedState was very misunderstood on Twitter today, according to Fox News Contributor and right wing blogger Erick Erickson.

Erickson received criticism after he appeared to (he did) lightheartedly endorse the new Pope Francis’s connection to the wholesale slaughter of Argentine leftists during the country’s Dirty War

"That lefties are accusing the new pope of handing over lefties to the right wing junta for execution makes me adore the new pope," tweeted the hilarious blogger this afternoon.

The tweet refers to the fact that Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was implicated by a human rights lawyer in connection the disappearance of two liberal Jesuit priests in the 1970s.

But regardless of whether Francis had connections to human rights violations in Argentina, it’s pretty clear Erickson is blatantly joking about massive forced disappearances, murders, assassinations, you name it.

Erickson insists he was misquoted. Because Death Panels.

Lefties upset about the death squads in Argentina back in the day are all about death panels in the United States,” he tweeted several minutes after the original tweet endorsing mass murder.

So there’s that.

can you find the two examples of a glaring lack of geocultural awareness?

can you find the two examples of a glaring lack of geocultural awareness?

Bike on Congress street.

Bike on Congress street.