Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Kimberly and Beck Double Standard of the Democrate and Chronicle

The Democrat and Chronicle has been grandstanding, oops I mean covering the Kimberly and Beck controversy and feeding the outrage industry in this country.  I am sure you remember all the outrage from the Democrat and Chronicle reporters from Bill Mahrer's anti Christian rants or some of the anti Mormon comments of Mitt Romney.  Oh, that's right.  But here are some tweets by these "supposedly" neutral reporters covering this issue.  Let us understand, their comments were not what I would term "hateful" or a number of people.  But D and C reporters and the newspaper took it as such.  Here is some tweets:

Sports Reporter: Jeff DiVeronica@RocDevo 10h
Hadn't heard this. Dumb and cruel. Local Radio Hosts, Kimberly and Beck, Disgrace Station, 98.9 w/Transphobic Rant
Dumb and Cruel?  really, what was cruel about as for dumb I believe legit issues are raised about using tax dollars for sex change operations.
Community Reporter: Max Anderson "Local Radio Hosts, Kimberly and Beck, Disgrace Station, 98.9 The Buzz With Transphobic Rant," by Mango
This women works for the D and C in some way: Marilyn Ajavananda@MAjavananda 17h
Good blog: Local Radio Hosts, Kimberly and Beck, Disgrace Station, 98.9 The Buzz With Transphobic Rant via
But nothing is as pure trash is the blog that was somehow allowed to be published by Andrea Raethka-  let us get over the fact and I have gone through her archives and see no mention of any outrage of wanting Bill Mahrer taken off the air or anybody for anti Christian comments.  Come on be consistent Andrea otherwise you are a joke.
First you applauds the city of Rochester for its fabulous progressive decision to have trans gender people obtain free sex change operations.  That statement right there should disqualify her from writing this blog, since she has admitted to having a dog in the fight.  And to not even hint that there might be another side to this issue.
She then refers to them as infamously terrible radio host, again this is her opinion but to make a statement like that is disingenuous and not fair, so you think they are terrible what does that have to do with their opinion.  That is just taking a cheap shot.
This is what she considered so offensive:
The radio hosts both equated reconstructive surgery for transgendered people to cosmetic breast enhancement and taking care of facial wrinkles and jokingly suggested that the reason the city would do this could be that Lovely Warren could be related to someone that wants to have a surgery due to being transgendered. The hosts even went as low as criticizing and mocking a local transgendered high school student for being able to play on the girl’s softball team. The hosts then ended the segment with Aerosmith’s song, “Dude looks like a lady.”
Everything they just stated Andy, is a legit point.  Transgender surgery is like cosmetic surgery.  The Lovely Warren comment was a joke, are we allowed to still make those in this country? A transgendered teen should not be allowed to play softball, and Dude looks like a lady was funny.  But, please do not get off your high horse.  Can you show us how uneducated you are on transgender issues?
She calls the segment disgusting and pure ignorant hate (kind of like your column so far).
This part takes the cake:
Its nonsense broadcasts like this that spreads harmful misinformation, encourages bullying and shouldn’t be tolerated by radio stations nor its advertisers. I plan on contacting the radio station to express my disgust as well as express my disappointment to their advertisers to let them know I’m not happy with them supporting such hateful transphobic radio personalities. If you want to do the same, you can contact 98.9 The Buzz here.
How did the D and C allow this paragraph on their website.  This is termed activism journalism but to like to their employer is not something any self respecting newspaper would or should allow.  Calling for a boycott in an editorial not your job D and C.  You are a newspaper not an advocacy paper.
And nothing like a threat:
 People like that and quasi-celebrities everywhere need to understand that their actions, although they have the freedom of speech, they should not and are not exempt from consequences. I will repeat: freedom of speech does not mean we, the consuming public, will not react upon you.
You know what her article was missing a single fact to support her position.  Lets get this straight all research indicates trans gender is a choice.  Do they get bullied anymore then other kids, no studies support that as well.   Your job is a newspaper reporter is to stand by a piece with facts, not hateful screeching, that has been produced here.  There can be just one thing left to do
Boycott the D and C until Andy Rafeatka gets his/her column revoked.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog, I just did an entire blog on Andrea. I tried to ask her questions via Facebook messnger and she just reported me. She is just a terrible person.