Baker: Media have "blood on their hands" for murder of transgender woman because they created "false sense of reality"

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Discussing the murder of Moses Cannon, a transgender woman, Minneapolis radio host Chris Baker suggested that "some of the blame lie[s] with the American media who enables this fraud" and who "push this false reality." He also stated: "I believe the media and the rest of the enablers out there, they have this guy's blood on their hands because they create this false sense of reality and they enable people who need serious psychological counseling."

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During the November 18 broadcast of his Minneapolis radio show, Chris Baker said of the November 14 murder of a transgender woman who reportedly went by the name Latiesha Green: "I believe that the fault, and I know, 'cause already I'm seeing quotes and comments and, 'Oh, it's hate. It's a hate crime. It's a horrible hate crime.' Doesn't some of the blame lie with the American media who enables this fraud?" Baker added: "I would say a majority of the blame does not lie with the nitwit that shot him, other than the fact that he's a nitwit and a guy who should have been in prison in my opinion, who shot him. But to me, this is the -- this is an example of how, by enabling people and trying to push this false reality, leads to horrible crimes like this."

Later in the show, Baker discussed the case again, stating that "this guy is a murderer and should go to jail. ... But I personally believe that by the media and all these other people out there enabling these people that they put people like this at risk, because they give them the boldness, the confidence, the -- to decide, 'Well, you know what? I'm a girl. Even though I'm not a girl, I'm a girl. And the media will call me a girl, so, therefore, I can walk into any party I want. I can go anywhere I want.' " Baker also stated: "I believe the media and the rest of the enablers out there, they have this guy's blood on their hands because they create this false sense of reality and they enable people who need serious psychological counseling."

Syracuse's WSYR-TV reported on November 17 that Dwight DeLee had been charged with the crime, which occurred after Green attended a party, and that "Syracuse Police say they believe DeLee's motive was a dislike for [the victim's] sexual orientation."

During the show, Baker also discussed the appearance of Thomas Beatie, a pregnant transgender man, and his wife, Nancy, on the November 17 edition of CNN's Larry King Live. During the interview, King asked the Beaties: "Did he get pregnant right out of the box?" Baker repeatedly aired the audio of this portion of the interview, responding, "It's a she, Larry. ... It's a she." Moreover, Baker called the Beaties "mental cases" and referred to Thomas Beatie as a "mutilated lesbian."

As Media Matters for America documented, Baker also called Beatie a "mutilated lesbian" on the November 14 edition of his show. He also stated: "If a lesbian gets pregnant, I'm fine with it. I'm OK. Just stop alternating reality and trying to force me to buy into your psychosis."

From the November 18 broadcast of KTLK's The Chris Baker Show:

BAKER: Last night on Larry King -- we're gonna play you some audio. Last night on Larry King, he had the mutilated lesbian on, and they described how the mutilated lesbian got pregnant, where this whole thing came from, why they did it, and then -- you know, some of the, some of the -- here, by the way, here's my favorite question from Larry King.

KING [audio clip]: Did he get pregnant right out of the box?

BAKER: You can't beat that.

PERRY: Well, technically, Larry --

BAKER: Atta boy, Larry.

KING [audio clip]: Did he get pregnant right out of the box?

PERRY: Did he get pregnant right out of -- you -- technically, Larry, here's how it worked.

BAKER: Oh, God. You can't -- Larry King is -- this guy. How can --

PERRY: I bet he didn't even see the humor in that.

BAKER: How you could do an interview with these two mental cases -- all right. Look, I -- if -- look, if you're gay, you're gay. Good for you, all right. But -- and then I'm gonna dovetail this into another story, and this is where the conversation we have to get into.

There's a very sad story about a transgender man. It's a guy who thinks he's a woman, just so we clarify. Shows up to a party and some guy with an extensive criminal record, by the way, and a history of weapons charges, shot him, killed him -- terrible story. My question is: One, why is this guy with the extensive prison record, or shall we say, criminal record, and extensive list of weapons charges, why is he not in jail in the first place?

Second of all, I believe that the fault, and I know, 'cause already I'm seeing quotes and comments and, "Oh, it's hate. It's a hate crime. It's a horrible hate crime." Doesn't some of the blame lie with the American media who enables this fraud? Doesn't some of the blame -- I would say a majority of the blame does not lie with the nitwit that shot him, other than the fact that he's a nitwit and a guy who should have been in prison in my opinion, who shot him. But to me, this is the -- this is an example of how, by enabling people and trying to push this false reality, leads to horrible crimes like this, by -- by telling people, "Oh, well, you know, he -- did he get pregnant?"

KING [audio clip]: Did he get pregnant right out of the box?

BAKER: No. It's a she, Larry.

KING [audio clip]: Did he get pregnant right out of the box?

BAKER: It's a she.

[...]

BAKER: So annoying for me, but there's a story today, it's a very -- it's a horrible story from Syracuse, New York. A guy's been charged with murder after he shot two people last week. One of them was a transgender person. So, now, they're talking about hate crime charges, things like that. Look, this guy is a murderer and should go to jail. This guy should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

But I personally believe that by the media and all these other people out there enabling these people that they put people like this at risk, because they give them the boldness, the confidence, the -- to decide, "Well, you know what? I'm a girl. Even though I'm not a girl, I'm a girl. And the media will call me a girl, so, therefore, I can walk into any party I want. I can go anywhere I want. I can demand whatever I want and no one can stop me because the media is going to call me a girl."

Well, guess what? In my opinion, other than the fact that the guy that allegedly murdered this guy -- and this guy I'm talking about would be the transgender guy. I promise I'm just getting this off my chest. This is just driving me nuts.

I believe the media and the rest of the enablers out there, they have this guy's blood on their hands because they create this false sense of reality and they enable people who need serious psychological counseling. I mean, what guy in his right mind would have his stuff cut off? Now, there's a lot of women in their right mind that would like to do that to a guy, but what guy in his right mind wants to have his stuff cut off? What woman in her right mind wants to have her breasts removed? I mean, do they notice the millions of dollars women spend every year in this country to get bigger ones?

This whole thing is -- it's just infuriating to me. You know why? Because I gotta explain this to my kids.

Posted In
Diversity & Discrimination, LGBTQ
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100.3 KTLK-FM
Person
Chris Baker
Show/Publication
The Chris Baker Show
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