According to a new report, CBS News executives reportedly issued a memo to their staffers warning them not to mention the transgender identity of the Nashville shooter who killed three children aged nine years old and three adults on Monday at a private Christian school.
The shooter was identified as having carried out the massacre and also identified as transgender.
A day after the massacre, CBS News news gathering vice president Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and standards and procedures senior vice president Claudia Milne allegedly made an editorial conversation in which they discussed the shooting.
This call is where the memo is said to have originated.
On Monday, “CBS Evening News” mentioned that police have stated the shooter identified as transgender; however, on Tuesday and Wednesday’s broadcasts, any mention of the shooter’s transgender identity was omitted.
CBS “News” banned staffers from using the word “transgender” when reporting on the transgender person who shot up a Nashville school.https://t.co/bgKOLuGxKn
This occurred despite the fact that the police have stated that the shooter identified as transgender.
Since then, the decision has been reflected in the coverage provided by the network.
It has been reported by a number of competing news outlets, such as NBC News, ABC News, CNN, and The New York Times, that the police said Hale was transgender and used the he/him pronouns and the name Aiden.
But, according to insiders, executives at CBS are refusing to comment on that particular component of the inquiry into the incident, in which Hale is reportedly responsible for the deaths of three adults and three children.
The decision comes as authorities have so far refused to release the manifesto written by the shooter, which may confirm the true origins of the shooter’s motive.