The anti-grooming laws being enacted throughout the nation, and which grant parents the right to educate their young children on the subjects of sex and gender identity-as opposed to teachers at school- allowed the anchors of Telemundo´s morning kaffeeklatsch Hoy Día a chance to publicly grieve the “awful situation” on-air during a report that fell short in details and went overboard with unconcealed bias.
Expressing dismay at the fact that Ohio and Texas are now “following in Florida´s footsteps, unfortunately, which enacted the law known as ´Don't Say Gay´” (Parental Rights in Education), anchors Nacho Lozano and Aranxta Loizaga then gave weight to Equality Texas, an LGTBQ+ activist group, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg´s opinion while omitting opposing points of view – or even parents- on the subject.
NACHO LOZANO: There are more and more conservative states that are considering new legislation that would prohibit teachers from introducing the concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity to the youngest students and that would follow in Florida´s footsteps, unfortunately, which enacted the law known as "Don't Say Gay".
ARANXTA LOIZAGA: Today, a law similar to Florida's called the “Education Act” will be voted on in the Ohio Legislature. It proposes that children from Kindergarten-3rd grade be banned from learning about these issues, and students between grades 4th-12th grades from receiving materials on sexual orientation or gender identity.
LOZANO: Meanwhile in Texas, controversy erupted after Lt.Gov. Dan Patrick, announced that (Texas´) next legislative session will engage the controversial Parent's Rights Act.
LOIZAGA: Texas´ bill goes beyond Florida's because it bans discussion of sexual orientation in schools for students from grades K-4th. Equality Texas rejects the bill, arguing that it stigmatizes students and teachers belonging to the LGTBQ+ community.
Truly here, and we discussed it yesterday, when a similar law was passed in another state- there are 15 similar bills, Nacho, and -the White House has spoken, President Biden. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; he is a member of the LGTBQ+ community, he is married to Chasten, his husband, they´ve just adopted twins- well via a surrogate mother -, and he said, "this law is dangerous because it fosters hatred in our communities." Awful situation.
"This law is dangerous because if fosters hatred in our communities", Telemundo quoted Buttigieg as saying about "the law." However, these laws -- 15 states have passed similar bills, according to Loizaga -- are not about grownups, or even remotely fostering any kind of hatred; they simply give parents the right to decide when and where to talk to their children about sexual orientation and gender identity.
The biased reporting about the different laws protecting the rights of parents in education, has in effect, revealed the extent to which the sexualization of children - without the knowledge or consent of parents - has been taking place in public schools.
At Telemundo, however, what matters is following the official talking points of the corporate media, which is why Lozano and Loizaga skipped the views of lawmakers or parents in favor of the anti-grooming laws, shifting attention from the true nature of the bills to voice the concern of yes, we´ll say it out loud: activist groomers like Equality Texas who "reject the bill, arguing that it stigmatizes students and teachers belonging to the LGTBQ+ community." Reporting such as this is yet another example of how corporate Latino media are grossly out of touch with the audience they claim to serve.
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