To the left-stream media, when it comes to social issues every coin has only one side. As a revived bathroom bill winds its way through the Texas Legislature, media activists are going into hyper-drive to fight it for their LGBT allies.
Photos portray only opponents of the bill. Commentary is masked as "news reporting." The Dallas Morning News summed up the left-stream media's unified position to portray this as strictly an "LGBT rights" issue. Little is reported on how the victimization of women and girls in public restrooms is prompting these bills.
Without Democratic control of the Texas Legislature, the media's LGBT puppets are wielding three big hammers to influence public opinion against the bill, which has moved from passage in the Senate to the House of Representatives.
Using the NFL and NCAA for leverage
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News writes about the Cowboys' efforts to land the NFL draft in 2018 and how "it could be derailed by the legislative push for a bathroom bill. The Cowboys aren’t associated with the campaign, but they are featured," he writes. His story is headlined: "New transgender bill pulls Cowboys, NFL draft into middle of bathroom bill debate in Texas."
Moore cited how:
In the wake of Super Bowl LI in Houston, when asked if the event would return to Texas if the bathroom bill passed, a league spokesman said, If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.
A woman featured in a $1 million radio ad campaign against the bill who describes herself as a lifelong Cowboys fan talks about how she’s thrilled that the 2018 draft could be held in North Texas. She says the NFL could reject the club’s bid to host the festivities.
Erik Barajas, on ABC13, reported that "the Houston Texans have told the NFL they are against the bathroom bill, and said it could cost future Super Bowls and NFL events in Houston."
Jeremy Wallace of the Houston Chronicle, wrote: "Similar bathroom bills, like one passed in North Carolina in 2016, have provoked boycotts. After that bill passed, the NCAA announced it was boycotting the state and the NBA announced it was moving the annual basketball all-star game. This year, North Carolina amended that law to end the backlash."
Appealing to Big Business, Predicting Economic Calamity
Moore gave prominent coverage to the Texas Association of Business, which is behind the massive ad campaign, quoting Jeff Moseley, CEO of that organization. "The bathroom bill distracts from the real challenges we face and would result in terrible economic consequences--on sporting events, talent, on tourism, on investment, on growth, and on small businesses. That's why TAB and the Keep Texas Open for Business coalition are investing heavily in radio ads in DFW and focusing on potentially losing the NFL Draft and remain steadfastly opposed to this unnecessary legislation."
The woman in the Texas radio ad said a bathroom law could cost Texas “millions of dollars in lost revenue" and leave "a lot of Cowboys fans angry."
Wallace reported "business groups said Texas has already lost $66 million in conventions just over the prospect of the bill becoming law and fear the economic damage will be devastating."
The editorial board of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram came out in opposition, too. It's headline reads, "Can we just not with the bathroom bill?"
If passed, any of the various House and Senate versions would restrict the use of bathrooms by birth-certificate gender in certain buildings. And that could mean problems.
“[Regulating bathrooms] poses an enormous long-term economic risk for the state of Texas. It literally challenges the miracle of Texas,” said Jeff Moseley, Texas Association of Business president.
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Writing for the GSD&M ad agency, Duff Stewart claimed:
The bathroom bill doesn’t improve safety. The bathroom bill hinders economic growth, community, business development and Texas’ overall ability to stay competitive in the search for the kind of diverse, smart talent that moves our state forward.
Name Calling and Lying
The Texas ad campaign claims a bathroom law requiring sexually confused to use the restroom of their birth gender "won't make us safer."
Wallace cites anonymous "critics" who "say the language would make life harder for transgender people who identify with the sex opposite of what is on their birth certificate.
Stewart wrote: "Several Texas law enforcement officials have stated that non-discrimination ordinances have not reduced public safety in Texas cities, including San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth. All have ordinances allowing everyone to use the restrooms of the gender in which they identify, and none have experienced any increase in public safety incidents."
Stewart is mangling the truth beyond recognition. This climate of leniency on cross-dressing male predators is presenting real and widespread horrors for women and girls who are being victimized in bathrooms and locker rooms. It's all over the media, though these agenda-driven LGBT activists and their media lapdogs refuse to acknowledge it.
The title for nastiest writing on the Texas bill goes to Jim Schutze, of the Dallas Observer, who likened the Texas bill to "evil" and "moral depravity" -- as a "Nuremburg-style law pushed by the Texas governor and lieutenant governor, who want to be able to oppress children based on gender identity."
The position of the business association is courageous. The Texas Nuremberg bathroom bill is an abomination, an expression of the very lowest, basest rabble-rousing instincts in two politicians who would happily humiliate and endanger children in order to garner votes.
An NBC report featured a Texas transgender who said she'll be forced to use the men's room and "that puts me in even more danger than I already am." And a man said the bill only aims to "stigmatize people."
Oddly enough, Manny Fernandez and David Montgomery of The New York Times stand out for giving voice to the conservative side. Their story quoted Trayce Bradford, president of the Texas Eagle Forum. In a hearing of a Texas legislative committee, she said the bill is "about feeling safe. There has to be some boundaries":
Ms. Bradford, who said she was stalked and sexually assaulted in college, said conservative activists have been unfairly accused of spreading hate by backing the legislation. “I don’t know of any conservative who wants to serve as the potty police,” she said.
Gromer Jeffers Jr., of the Dallas Morning News, is holding out hope that Republican Speaker of the House Joe Straus will kill the bill. He's the "last shield" against the bill and is also the great hope of moving conservatives from the "fringe" to the Left:
"Tell the lieutenant governor I don't want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands," Straus, a Republican, told a state senator. "For this fight, Straus is the champion of the business establishment and conservatives who want to move the party closer to the center."
The problem for Straus is that many Republican lawmakers are beholden to primary voters and the people who influence them. If Patrick and Abbott turn up the pressure on GOP House members, it could lead to them revolting against Straus' position and settling on a bathroom bill compromise with the Senate.