The 'Real Boy' of Fake PBS

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham | June 23, 2017 | 6:30am EDT
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The PBS trailer for "Real Boy" says the documentary "follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence" and other challenges. (Screen grab of Bennett from PBS trailer)

Liberals made a big deal out of the report that Fox News has dropped its old slogan “Fair and Balanced.” The slogan was always a mockery of the liberal media’s rejection of what they call “false balance.” It’s “false balance” because the conservative view is false. From their arrogant viewpoint, only the “truth” is worth reporting.

That same worldview infects public broadcasting, which from its very beginnings in the LBJ days was a left-wing propaganda project. They passed a Public Broadcasting Act with a meaningless rhetorical bow to fairness and balance, and liberals made sure any legislative teeth in that law were pulled. 

The gender deconstructionists on the Left are now using PBS to push only their viewpoint.  On June 19, the documentary-film series “Independent Lens” aired a one-hour film called “Real Boy.” The star, naturally, was a girl named Rachael who wants to be a boy named Bennett, and her goal in this film was “top surgery,” known in less euphemistic terms as “breast amputation.”

The “balance” in this film was Rachael’s mother Suzy, who the gay activists at the “NBC Out” website described as “frustratingly apprehensive.” Inside the LGBT media bubble, acceptance is mandatory. They routinely employ emotional blackmail: resistance is worse than futile, it encourages self-loathing and even suicide.

Inevitably, as a PBS documentary would, it shows how Suzy comes around to support the amputation, as a fellow mother of a “trans boy” tells her “We have to love them and support them....Love them through it, that’s all you can do.’” They cannot be told they’re mistaken. 

Gushy music plays in the background, as Suzy continues to be pushed: “There’s so many other people in this world who would love to bring them down. We just have to make sure we’re not any of those people.”

“Those people” means people who accept that allegedly oppressive “binary” view of gender. 

Rachael’s father and sister do not support the amputation, and so they’re off camera. They “bring people down.” In one scene, Rachael tells her father over the phone “I’m not interested in arguing with you.” Then she hangs up and yells “My f—ing family!” 

Rachael is a musician and early on in the film, they illustrate her singing her song, with lyrics that include “If the skin your soul embodies, doesn’t fit quite right, and you hate what their god gave you, fear not my love.”

God is not a favorite at PBS. This is certainly part of what Pope Benedict meant when he denounced a “dictatorship of relativism.” A religious view, or even a common-sense non-religious view of how the human race was created, male and female, is cast aside as hateful and discriminatory....and not worth air time on a TV network funded by the taxpayers. Relativism will allow no rebuttal. 

The film was funded through the “Independent Television Service,” a PBS offshoot that subsidizes documentaries, overwhelmingly on the Left. They claim they “help inform civil discourse essential to American society.” Translation: they create essential change.

Shaleece Haas, the maker of “Real Boy,” is upset that there aren’t a glut of pro-transgender propaganda films, and claims the media part of the cultural revolution isn’t sufficient. “It does not solve the problem of homophobia and transphobia, of all the various forms of hatred.... alongside storytelling, we really need to be working to create safe, inclusive spaces, in our schools, communities, in our institutions.”

The cultural revolution will be televised ... and then it will be imposed. Dissenters will pay for the privilege of being denounced. Then the Left complains that  the conservatives hate democracy.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog

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