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Chaz Bono Shows Fox Who’s Boss: “We Are Boycotting Fox”



With the transgender-bashing Dr. Keith Ablow unrepentant about the malicious quackery he published on the Fox News site – hysterically urging parents not to let their children watch Chaz Bono on “Dancing With The Stars” for fear they might decide they want to change gender — Chaz is showing Ablow exactly which man is going to lead this dance.

At last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Fox came begging for an interview with Chaz. Bono’s agent Howard Bragman told them where to stick it. “When Chaz was on the red carpet at the Emmys last Saturday,” Bragman says, “Fox asked for an interview. I said that since a Fox person [Dr. Ablow] recommended boycotting Chaz, we are boycotting Fox.”

WATCH: Fox’s Keith Ablow On Chaz Bono: Transgenderism Not A Civil Right (Video)

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether the Tufts University School of Medicine and the Tufts Medical Center support the anti-transgender quack Ablow in his transbashing. Tufts University Public Relations tried to blow this reporter off by saying that Ablow has a “voluntary, unpaid appointment” at the School of Medicine. Tufts’s website, however, describes the quack as an “Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.” As for the association with Tufts Medical Center that Ablow alleges on his website, Tufts claimed Ablow isn’t associated with the hospital and would have him remove that claim from his site. The claim, however, as of this writing remains on the professional trans-basher’s site. See below for our information request to Tufts, unanswered as of publication.

Tufts University needs to come clean about whether it supports or rejects Ablow’s trans-bashing quackery. A psychiatrist superior to Ablow at the Tuft’s School of Medicine must make a public statement as to whether they agree or disagree with Ablow’s published column. How is the public to know where Tufts stands on this, if it keeps Ablow on its professional roster after he published shameful, anti-scientific, transgender-bashing hate speech on the Fox News website? We mustn’t forget, either, that Ablow is in practice as a forensic psychiatrist and quite possibly does not treat LGBTers with due impartiality when they are involved in his investigations.

READ: Dr. Keith Ablow’s Fox News Piece On Chaz Bono? Don’t Let Your Kids Read It!

We’re rooting for Chaz Bono to show up the quack Dr. Ablow as a total and utter jerk. Ablow’s peers have already gone some distance towards that goal. The American Psychiatric Association’s Dr. Jack Drescher published a rebuttal, “The Doctor is Out (of Touch).” Refuting Ablow’s hateful drivel, APA President Dr. John Oldham said, “There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people.”  And PsychCentral’s Dr. John M. Grohol published an Ablow smackdown “Don’t Let Your Kids Watch Dr. Keith Ablow.”

And, we’re just absolutely thrilled about powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred’s efforts in organizing viewing and dancing parties nationwide in support of our man Chaz!

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To Kim Thurler, Tufts University Public Relations Director:

Dear Kim:

While I thank you for your efforts in getting a reply to me, the reply is non-specific and wishy-washy.

In his voluntary, unpaid appointment at the Tufts University School of Medicine, what does Dr. Keith Ablow do?

Give lectures implying that praying to God will cure gender dysphoric patients of gender dysphoria, and make them heteronormative?

That is what his article implied, and from Tufts’ response to me I must conclude that the School of Medicine would permit him to present his emotional and commercially-driven, anti-scientific opinions in a lecture.

Can you supply me with a documented record of his activity at Tufts since the time of his appointment there?

I am an investigative journalist, trying to learn exactly what is going on between Dr. Ablow and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Take the social bigotry against transgendered person out of this equation, and see what you get.  Supposing Ablow were instead a practicing dentist, and instead had published an article on the Fox news site saying that when teenagers have impacted wisdom teeth, the right thing to do is to remove their front teeth and then pray to God that the impacted molars heal.

Would Tufts continue to keep such a quack on its roster?

I’m going to give it to you straight; the current appearance is that Ablow is exploiting his association with Tufts in order to give an unjustified imprimatur of scientific respectability to his transphobic bigotry and quackery, and that Tufts is continuing its association with him, despite his quackery, because of his media successes.

You claim that Tufts does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity and expression, yet to employ a certified psychiatrist who publicly expresses non-scientific anti-trans bigotry ipso facto creates an unsafe environment for transgendered persons at your institution. The impression frankly is, that because of Ablow’s high profile on Fox, et cetera, if Tufts had to choose between throwing a transgendered student, faculty member et cetera under the bus, and dismissing Ablow, it would throw the trans person under the bus.

You didn’t even provide me with a statement from one of Tufts’ psychiatric professionals superior to Ablow, agreeing or disagreeing with his statements about the science on gender dysphoria.

How am I supposed to know whether they agree or disagree with him?

The results of societal bigotry against trans persons are seen in such crimes as the savage, merciless beating of Chrissy Lee Polis in a Maryland McDonald’s.  The society has politicians, and as we see, even medical professionals who encourage that bigotry.

You have a public relations red hot emergency on your hands, but you are treating it as though somebody had invited you to afternoon tea.

Scott Rose

PS – Last week, your office told me it would contact Ablow to have him remove from the bio page on his website the allegedly false claim that he is “on faculty at the Tufts New England Medical Center.” Nonetheless, that claim continues to appear on Ablow’s site. I know your office pointed out, that is no longer the name of your hospital, but Ablow is still giving the public to believe that he is associated with the Tufts hospital, by whatever name you want to give it.  How am I to know what is going on?  Did you tell me he doesn’t have the association with the hospital, just to put me off?

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Acting Speaker McHenry Did Not Have Authority to Evict Pelosi Says Top Rules Committee Democrat



U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Kevin McCarthy’s hand-picked temporary successor and acting Speaker, operated outside of carefully crafted House rules when he evicted Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the former Democratic Majority Leader, from their Capitol Hill offices just hours after Republicans ousted McCarthy as Speaker.

That’s according to the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA), who previously served as the Chair of the Rules Committee. He says the “Speaker pro tempore” has one job only: help elect a new Speaker of the House.

“I want to clear up some confusion,” McGovern wrote late Wednesday afternoon.

“As an unelected acting Speaker pro tempore, @PatrickMcHenry’s job is to guide the House toward the election of a new Speaker. That’s it.”

“His power is constrained by the plain text of Rule 1, Clause 8 of the Rules of the House,” said McGovern.

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Rep. McGovern said he is “alarmed” by McHenry’s order evicting Pelosi and Hoyer.

“Given the plain text of the rule, I don’t think he has that power,” McGovern added.

McGovern further explained, “The rule says he can only exercise as much authority as is ‘necessary and appropriate’ towards the end of electing a Speaker. The Rules Committee narrowly described this rule in 2004: an acting Speaker pro tempore serves ‘for the sole purpose of electing a new Speaker.'”

“These rules were put into place after 9/11 to ensure continuity of government & quick election of a new Speaker in an emergency. Not to provide for a short-term Speaker due to Republican dysfunction,” concluded McGovern, who has served in Congress since 1997.

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‘My Job Is Not to Put Pool Noodles Around Hard Corners for Republicans’: AOC Blasts Critics Over McCarthy Vote



U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted critics across the political spectrum who are angered House Democrats did not vote to keep Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, after Republicans ousted him on Tuesday.

“Contrary to how McCarthy’s defenders are behaving, men failing up is not a Constitutionally protected right,” Ocasio-Cortez said on social media. “The man made risky decisions and faced the natural consequences of them. I am not his mom, and my job is not to put pool noodles around hard corners for Republicans.”

AOC also blasted 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is now a former Democrat, after he criticized Democrats on CNN.

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“Why did Dems vote along party lines to oust Kevin McCarthy? Not because they thought it was good for the country but because that’s what they were told to do,” Yang said on social media when posting his remarks.

“Yes,” Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez responded, “because strengthening someone who voted to overturn the election, held the entire US economy hostage, launched a baseless impeachment inquiry without a vote, and refuses to honor his word is what is in the best interest of this country.”

“Do some of you hear yourselves?” she asked rhetorically.

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Tuesday night she also defended Democrats for not, as some have put it, “saving” McCarthy.

“Does anyone believe for one minute that McCarthy would help elect a Dem speaker ‘for the institution’?” she asked. “McCarthy’s hubris is a theme. He loudly stated he wouldn’t negotiate w/Dems, called virtually none, trashed those who helped w/CR, and then expected Dem votes for free?”

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Karine Jean-Pierre Schools Peter Doocy for Asking if White House Is ‘Loving’ GOP House Chaos



In the middle of an interview with U.S Senator John Kennedy, Fox News interrupted the Louisiana Republican for some “breaking news,” as the right wing cable network’s Peter Doocy began to ask White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the chaos far-right wing Republicans caused by ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday.

“All right. Senator, thank you for joining us. We got a little bit of breaking news here. We got to jump back to the briefing. Our Peter Doocy is questioning the Press Secretary,” John Roberts told viewers as the camera cut to the White House Press Briefing Room.

“Is any part of the West Wing here, just loving the fact that Republicans don’t appear to be able to govern the one part of the government that they actually control?” Doocy asked.

“Nobody’s ‘loving’ anything when it’s when we’re not when we’re not able to deliver for the American people. Nobody’s loving that,” Jean-Pierre replied, as she explained to Doocy what the White House believes is actually important.

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“It is important for Congress to work, not for us, but on behalf of the American people. It is important to make sure that we meet the challenges of the American people. That’s what’s important. What we saw, you heard from the President, what we saw on Saturday should have never have happened, but we’re glad that a deal was made. We’re glad that we’re not in a shutdown. But House Republicans should have never gotten us that far.”

Jean-Pierre went on to tell Doocy that since Republicans “are the majority in the House, they can fix this.”

“They’re creating the chaos. That is not helpful to the American people.”

“That’s why you saw the President today talk about student debt relief, and talk about what else he’s doing to make sure that we’re giving a little bit of breathing room to the American people. That’s why you heard from the President yesterday talking about or our announcement, talking about how we’re continuing to beat Big Pharma so we can lower prescription drug costs for the American people. That’s what the President cares about. That’s what he wants to see – what can we continue to do to help Americans as they face really tough challenges? So this is not, we’re not loving it. It is not helpful to any any American across the country.”

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Doocy, went on to ask if “anybody in the West Wing has heard anybody talking about the possibility of ‘Speaker Trump.'”

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