I stumbled upon this outrageous thread at Digital Spy (http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1158840), which was about Caroline Wyatt, who reports on defence matters for BBC News. The thread began in November 2009 and rumbled on until October 2010. The opening post asked if she were a man because of her deep voice, and further along it was suggested that she might be a post-op 'trannie'. The poor woman! Thank goodness she was defended, and the infantile comments condemned, but as ever nobody 'won' the debate, and all the crass and hurtful remarks went unpunished.
Wikipedia has this to say of her:
Caroline Wyatt (born 1967) is the BBC News defence correspondent.
Wyatt was born in Darlinghurst, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, and adopted by a British diplomat.
EducationWyatt was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School (subsequently renamed Woldingham School), an independent school in Woldingham, Surrey, UK, before studying English and German at Southampton University, which included six months at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. She went on to gain a postgraduate diploma in print journalism at City University, London.
Life and careerWyatt joined the BBC in 1991 as a news and current affairs trainee. She reported from Germany between 1993 and 2000, first as Berlin correspondent then Bonn correspondent. She was then the BBC's Moscow correspondent until 2003, when she became their Paris correspondent. She took up her present post as defence correspondent in October 2007.
War reportingWyatt reported from Baghdad during the December 1998 Bombing of Iraq. She covered the 1999 Kosovo conflict from Albania and Kosovo. In 2001-2 she reported on the War in Afghanistan from the headquarters of the Afghan Northern Alliance. She also covered the Iraq War in spring 2003 as an embedded journalist with the British troops in and around Basra.
Wyatt chaired the jury of the 2008 Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.
Radio presentingWyatt has occasionally presented for BBC Radio on the Radio 4 programmes The World Tonight, From Our Own Correspondent and the Saturday edition of PM , as well as Europe Today, Newshour and Outlook on the BBC World Service. She has also co-presented Euronews on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Wyatt has an unusually low pitched voice.
Well, that seems to depict an intelligent and well-travelled lady, with a pretty meaty CV to boot. She's clearly not a mere lightweight TV presenter. And there is absolutely no mention of remedial surgery for a transsexual condition. There's nothing odd about a woman in her 40s having a deepish voice. She certainly isn't going to sound like a young Shirley Temple!
My heart goes out to Miss Wyatt. I really hope she is still unaware of the Digital Spy thread. It represented a gross personal attack, making a mockery of such concepts as 'fair observation' and 'free speech'. It makes you wonder what would happen to any of us if we had the temerity to appear on TV. Alas, it's entirely typical of the attacks made upon individuals who are seen to be 'not normal'.