After the announcement by the now-convicted Wikileaker Bradley Manning that he is a transgendered person named Chelsea, the Associated Press and The New York Times have decided they will refer to Manning to as “she” in all further news reports.
The Associated Press has announced the change to its style book–the guide that all AP writers must follow–requiring writers to refer to Bradley Manning as “Chelsea Manning” from this point forward.
“The Associated Press will henceforth use Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning and female pronouns for the soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning, in accordance with her wishes to live as a woman,” the August 26 announcement reads.
As the AP goes, normally so does the rest of the progressive media establishment. The New York Times will implement the change very soon, as well.
Greg Brock, the Times‘ senior editor for standards, Politico reports, says: “Our deputy editor in charge of copy desks has sent out a message to let folks here know we will make the change tomorrow.”
A Times representative also confirmed the change to Politico.
Other outlets have already urged the change. On August 23, Huffington Post scolded media for not immediately changing the way they refer to Manning.