If we sat in a boardroom and tried to decide the kind of story that the liberal media are the most hostile to covering – hostile to the point of wishing it had never existed – it might be this: teenage boy describing himself as “gender fluid” accused of raping a girl in a high-school bathroom.
It’s a story any liberal media outlet would love to spike, censor and ignore. It’s a vivid illustration of what liberals consider a false stereotype. This is what liberals assume ideologically and automatically. They believe that sexual predators would declare themselves gender-fluid, then enter a locker or bathroom to commit a crime.
It’s a right-wing “lie” that suddenly became real.
This story was first reported by The Daily Wire. Fox News ran with the story. It was ignored by the liberal networks. At Stone Bridge High School in Loudoun County, Virginia – where the school board’s policy on “gender expression” is highly controversial with parents – a 9th grade girl was allegedly raped in a school bathroom by a so-called gender-fluid male student wearing a skirt.
It happened on May 28. On June 22, as parents protested the county’s gender policies, Scott Smith, the parent of the allegedly assaulted girl, was arrested during a Loudoun County school board meeting as he attempted to speak. This video was viral. Beth Barts, a school board member, referred to bathroom safety concerns as paranoia at that meeting. Superintendent Scott Ziegler replied “To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms.
Although this was obvious, school officials hid it. On Fox’s The Ingraham Angle Smith said he didn’t go public with his daughter’s plight because he was told it would prevent justice in her case.
The latest outrage occurred on October 6. After police allege that he forced the girl to occupy a classroom empty, the boy involved in Stone Bridge was arrested for sexual battery and kidnapping. On October 14, the school board insisted in a statement that “members of the Loudoun County school board were not aware of the specific details of this incident until it was reported in media outlets earlier this week.”
The Washington PostArrived late on October 13th. The Post ignored important context despite having three reporters bylines on the story. There was no mention of a “gender-fluid” offender, or any mention of the conflict in county school board meetings over their politically correct “gender expression” policy.
The following August saw the Post quoted school board member Ian Serotkin telling the conservatives they weren’t against bullying: “You seem to imply that bullying and harassment of our LGBTQ students is a thing of the past. I don’t know how you can say that with a straight face, I’m sorry.”
We understand that it’s now considered “bullying” to resist using the new names or pronouns selected by the gender-nonconforming. How can anti-bullying groups not be sensitive about sexual assaults of students? Let’s ask them: Who is “marginalized” in a rape?
It is very difficult for the national media to cover local crimes. Although stories about police brutality could quickly turn into a huge national cause, violence against police is not. A horrible abortionist’s malpractice is a local story, but restricting access to abortion anywhere goes national. This shocking assault doesn’t match the LGBTQ “narrative.” In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It seems that bias by omission is mandatory.