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NBC News is being accused of having digitally altered a photo of controversial transgender athlete Lia Thomas to make Thomas look less manly.
During a “Today” segment last week, the network displayed at least one blatantly digitally altered photo, allegedly to give Thomas what critics say is a “feminine glow.”
Below is the “Today” segment:
Lia Thomas, a swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, will compete to become the first Division 1 openly transgender athlete to be crowned a national champion. @ReporterBlayne reports. pic.twitter.com/LahSBHZj4w
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 17, 2022
And below is a “compare” and “contrast” between the digitally altered photo seen in the segment and the actual photo:
Why are you manipulating images of Thomas? pic.twitter.com/zJBSXx6idH
— – (@JohnCarameI) March 19, 2022
Let’s see if this worked, my first time making a gif. pic.twitter.com/etn0m0FnYZ
— Irish The Frenchiesaurus (@frenchie_irish) March 19, 2022
This obvious contrast has led to accusations that NBC News is trying to manipulate its viewers amid the controversy surrounding Thomas.
I did this professionally for 8 yrs. That’s some offensive use of diffuse glow, the liquify tool, clone stamping and blur tool city!
It’s supposed to call to our sympathetic and caring natures. It is Manipulation
— mousepower (@mousep0wer) March 20, 2022
Why are you manipulating images to make a man look more like a woman? Is that what a woman is to you? Soft focus and lip gloss? I notice you were careful not to show the bulge of his penis. Disgusting gaslighting.
— Marley McDermott (@kilgefin) March 19, 2022
@TODAYshow Why are you using an airbrushed, feminised, clearly altered image of the controversial male bodied swimmer Lia Thomas?
Do you think we were all born yesterday?
— 12 Daisies 🧟♀️ (@TwelveDaisies) March 19, 2022
Lia Thomas is a cheating male. And, why have you run an altered and “soft-focus” image of him ? Completely unethical, no integrity at all.
— unreal (@dreckweb) March 20, 2022
So why did you airbrush the photo to make Lia look more feminine? I thought NBC was all about truth…guess not.
— Ghostie (@Ghostie06937405) March 20, 2022
Is this to give the “feminine” glow 🙄 pathetic
— Elizabeth (@Eliznic) March 18, 2022
Thomas, a biological male, has been competing against biological females in college swimming. A growing chorus of critics say this is wrong and unfair.
As evidence, they point to all the videos of Thomas destroying opponents, i.e., Thomas performing so well that opponents don’t even stand a chance.
Critics further note that when performing against biological males in the past, Thomas almost always came out a loser, not a winner:
— Adam Carolla (@adamcarolla) March 18, 2022
Lia Thomas comes in first place again (4th lane). Why do the other swimmers even bother? pic.twitter.com/9v1JkvV17u
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 17, 2022
The Democrat Party is mostly aligned with the transgender movement. So is the media, which often functions as just an arm of the party.
And so despite growing complaints about Thomas competing against biological females, the media keep writing “woe is me” pieces about how Thomas is the real victim.
These pieces drop on an almost daily basis. The report by “Today” appears to be another example of this. While the report does briefly mention some of the criticism against Thomas, it quickly turns around and brings in someone to essentially accuse critics of spouting “”hatred and vitriol.”
Critics did not appreciate this attack on them and whitewashing of what they believe is Thomas’ corruption of female sports. In response, they fired back by accusing NBC News, “Today” and its hosts of not caring about women:
Why does the Today Show not support female athletes? This is so sad to see.
— ~Kate~ (@kt_lvnv) March 17, 2022
The fact that The Today Show is so enthusiastic about the idea of women being pummeled by men in sport is shocking
— Hi, Cindy (@LeftySwerve) March 17, 2022
Why are you calling him “she”. That’s a dude. Notice how much taller he is than the women on the team. #PennCheats
— AConflictofValues (@ConflictOfValue) March 17, 2022
I will NEVER have ANY respect for @hodakotb again! Thomas being embraced as some kind of hero for forcing himself into women’s locker rooms AND stealing women’s swimming titles is INSANE! Reality MATTERS.
— Lorraine (@Lorrain67294577) March 17, 2022
As a long-term fan of the Today show, I will be switching channels. I was horrified and saddened to see your gleeful reporting of Lia Thomas’s participation in the NCAA swimming championships. As a program that has championed women, you should be ashamed of yourselves!
— Kelli Infranco (@KelliInfranco) March 17, 2022
It’s difficult to find any mainstream outlet willing to offer an honest assessment of critics’ takes. They do exist, mind you, but are quite rare. Fox News, however, is one of these rare outlets.
“A group of feminists protesting outside the women’s NCAA swimming championships [said] they have ‘walked away’ from the Democratic Party and believe many others have as well,” Fox News reported Saturday.
“I was historically liberal. I would say I’m politically homeless now because I don’t think the Democrats care about women and girls,” one feminist told Fox News.
Don’t expect to see her words ever be repeated by the demonstrably left-wing establishment press …
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