Focus On the Family Jumps On the “Lesbian Gangs!!!” Bandwagon

Jim Burroway

July 19th, 2007

CitizenLink is now working the Lesbian Gangs!!! theme, pumping a lurid sweeps-week report by a Memphis ABC affiliate from last February. Focus claims this story is being suppressed by gay activists:

Peter LaBarbera, with Americans for Truth, said the station manager told him the group [GLAAD] definitely did not want the story to air.

“A senior staffer told him several times, ‘We’re going to take you to court if you air this report,’ ” he said.

Similar gang activity is reported in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Linda Jernigan, a former homosexual, said that’s why GLAAD is making such an issue of the Memphis story.

“They don’t want this type of information to get out,” she told Family News in Focus, “because then they know people’s eyes will be opened, they’ll begin to see this whole situation for what it really is.”

Here’s the situation for what it really is: Memphis police have no police reports or arrest records to substantiate this story. That’s why the station manager, after reviewing the report, finally admitted that they had no independent confirmation that anything had happened.

You’d think CitizenLink would understand the importance of independent confirmation in journalistic practices. After all, they claim to have professional editor, don’t they? But even with professional editors CitizenLink still has difficulty understanding journalistic standards.

But what about the other cities?

I’m sure that out of the many thousands of gangs across the nation, some are bound to be gay or lesbian. And insofar as we do have a serous gang problem that needs to be addressed at all levels, and there are likely to be gay and/or lesbian gangs among them, I don’t want to minimize anyone’s efforts to highlight the problem of criminal activity among youths.

But really. An epidemic of Lesbian Gangs!!!? Hardly.

Let’s go back to what Rod Wheeler said. He’s the guy who appeared with Fox New’s Bill O’Reilly and started all of this nonsense. He’s also the guy who retracted the whole thing:

Lastly, I mentioned in the segment that there is this “national epidemic” of lesbian gangs. A better choice of words would have been to say that there is a growing concern nationally, and especially in major urban areas, of increased gang activity, which includes some lesbian gang activity.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to make a compelling headline out of that.


July 19th, 2007

Well, perhaps Wheeler should have understood that “a better choice of words” might have been the TRUTH – a curiously elusive idea when it comes to these alleged “Christians.”

It is outrageous enough that, as a journalist with two degrees and years of work and study of my own, I have to feel like I have to defend the profession because of deliberately misleading “reports” from supposed broadcasting “news” stations. These are, after all, exactly the kinds of things which should cause a station to be removed from access to the public airwaves.

Right-wingers have, in their whining about the so-called “liberal” media, managed to establish some parallel universe in which “fact” is nothing more than whatever idea they might cook up in their minds. For all their claims of leftist media bias, all they have succeeded in doing is destroying more public trust in our “mainstream” media.

The only way this kind of irresponsible journalism is going to be destroyed if for people to start standing up to these outlets which perpetuate this abuse of the American people. And abuse is exactly what this is – an intentional, manipulative, grossly irresponsible whoring of a profession for political and economic purposes.

It seems to me that one thing we need to do is create a list of these stations and keep track of these abuses, and when their licenses are up for renewal, file a challenge. In the print media, we should file complaints all the way up to their parent company, and use their own ethical regulations to challenge this nonsense.


July 19th, 2007

Does this mean I have to turn in my super secret lesbian decoder ring?


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