Google Funds Vox Media’s Effort to Normalize Fringe Gender Theory

Google is funding a Vox Media initiative to promote gender ideology and activist language in newsrooms across the country, according to a Vox Media announcement.

The Google News Initiative Innovation Challengea project that funds online journalism, is funding Vox Media’s new language guide for writers, “Language, Please,” Vox Media said in a article announcing the publication of the guide. The guide, which is intended for use by news outlets across the country, encourages reporters to avoid gendered words like “boy” and “girl” and links to “inclusive readers” they can hire to correct their speech.

“This project was established by Vox Media, created in consultation with media industry leaders, and developed with funding from the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge beginning in December 2020,” reads the Vox article. .

“Referring to children more broadly in gender-neutral terms rather than with a phrase like ‘boys and girls’ recognizes that gender is now understood in many circles as a spectrum rather than a binary,” the guide said. . said.

An entrance complaints that public use of a transgender person’s “dead name” or birth name puts transgender people at risk of violence and harassment. It encourages authors to use the preferred names and pronouns of transgender people and discourages phrases that recognize an individual’s sex at birth.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a conference in Brussels on January 20, 2020. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

The Vox Media Language Guide ordered journalists to use gender-neutral language when discussing abortion, contrary to Associated Press advice discouraging the use of terms such as “pregnant people” in coverage of abortion. The AP guide says writers can ignore the rule when a story about abortion focuses on women’s rights and feminism. (RELATED: Men continue to commit heinous crimes, then identify as women after being arrested. Media plays along)

“Language, Please” also includes a 10-page guide to navigating “awkward conversations with your colleague” that instructs writers to “ask for help” when confronting a colleague about choosing language in their articles. It also encourages journalists to find community in identity-based employee resource groups.

In addition to gender ideology, the guide tells journalists which phrases to use when covering a host of other issues, including immigration, social class, mental health and addiction. A practical exercise asks authors to avoid the terms “homeless”, “poor”, “drug addicts” and “drug abuse”, and calls these labels “dehumanizing” and “stigmatising”.

“The goal is to provide greater context, dig deeper into a story you may not have known about a term, and inform thoughtful decision making when it comes to writing and editing,” wrote Vox Media President Pam Wasserstein in an email to all staff obtained by The Daily. Caller News Foundation.

“The goal is for this resource to help ease the burden on those who have historically been marginalized in the newsroom and too often relied on to pick up certain beats, reshape issues and language, edit stories on topics social and cultural and educate others on topics related to identity,” she said.

A Vox Media spokesperson told DCNF that the guidance is not binding on writers and is intended to serve as a supplement to existing style guides rather than a replacement. She declined to comment on the extent of Google’s funding.

“Inclusive language ensures that news stories are accessible and fair to readers, and we’re excited to support this important and needed inclusive language project,” said Yash Shah, Google spokesperson., said in Vox Media article on initiative. “The Google News Initiative aims to help news organizations tackle complex industry challenges and develop new approaches to online journalism that respond to communities where they are, and Language, Please does just that. “

A Google spokesperson directed the DCNF to the Vox Media article and declined to comment further. Wasserstein did not respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

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Sharon D. Cole