I shudder at the thought of the number of trans people that will continue to be subject to violence as a result of Kevin D. Williamson’s trans hate piece being reprinted in a large mainstream newspaper. Yup, a few may likely end it all, triggered by this article’s appearance in the Chicago Sun-Times. I’m referring, of course, to the Laverne Cox article published recently in the National Review.
A bit of research uncovers those responsible for another shameful moment in Chicago newspaper history. Sun-Times Media LCC is owned by Wrapports. The chairman is Michael W. Ferro Jr., and Timothy P. Knight, is the CEO and publisher. Jim Kirk is the senior VP and is the editor of the Chicago Sun-Times.
These three guys are ultimately responsible for the contents of the Chicago Sun-Times. Even if not directly involved in the decision to publish the Williamson piece, they set the conditions that allows hate pieces to appear in the Sun-Times without much (if any) scrutiny.
Link to phone numbers and email to contact the Sun-Times (not the actual article): http://www.suntimes.com/aboutus/contactus/index.html
My previous article on Williamson’s National Review piece: https://lexiecannes.com/2014/05/31/transphobe-extraordinaire-kevin-d-williamson-of-the-national-review/
UPDATED June 4, 2014 — The Chicago Sun-Times apologizes, yanks trans hate piece.
“A day after syndicating a column by National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson with the headline, “Laverne Cox Is Not a Woman,” the Chicago Sun-Times has taken the op-ed off of its website and apologized.
“Upon further consideration, we concluded the essay did not include some key facts and its overall tone was not consistent with what we seek to publish,” Editorial Editor Tom McNamee told BuzzFeed in a statement. He added that it was the “right thing to do.”
Shortly before the article was pulled, Sun-Times Digital Editor Brandon Wall tweeted, then deleted, that the piece being published was the result of a “colossal parade of fuck ups.”
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