Dr Mumbo

Media lessons #29: Never tell a journo the angle you don’t want them to take

It seems 21-year-old Marco learned the hard way over the weekend you should never tell a journo the one thing you don’t want them to write about you.

“Whatever you write about me, please, don’t say, Marco was born a boy and now he’s a girl. I was always a girl, it just took some time to share it with the world”, is the opening line of a candid interview with her.

So what did Fairfax title the piece? ‘Born a boy, feeling like a girl’ of course.
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After some social media outcry Fairfax did the decent thing and changed the headline on the story to ”I was always a girl’: the journey of a transgender child’.

However, a quick search on a Fairfax website still brings up that original headline, although it does click through to a dead link at least.

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