Two news stories about hundreds of lesbian gangs attacking and raping young girls in schools and other public locations have prompted a backlash against the reporters by members of the homosexual community.
Rebecca Medina of WPTY-TV in Memphis, Tenn., among journalists exposing rapes of girls by lesbian gangs
The broadcasts by Memphis television station WPTY and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly quoted law enforcement authorities, victims, and even some gang members to document the growing number of attacks on young girls by lesbian gang members.
“The Eyewitness News Everywhere” report in Memphis documented incidents of gangs known as GTOs, or “Gays” Taking Over, attacking schoolgirls. Two prison inmates affiliated with the gang told the station they had begun meeting to offer each other support, but a younger generation of members had taken their group over for violence and rape.
Rod Wheeler, who has experience as a police detective, told O’Reilly of a growing national concern over lesbians and some men “recruiting kids as young as 10 years old in a lot of the schools in the communities all across the country.” He estimated the presence of 150 gangs, including lesbian gangs, in the Washington area alone.
Some of the children, Wheeler said, “have actually reported that they were actually forced into, you know, performing sex acts and doing sex acts with some of these people.”
On the Memphis report, Deputy Beverly Cobb of the Shelby County Gang Unit said lesbian gang members “will sodomize [with sex toys] and will force [young schoolgirls] to do all sexual acts. They are forcing themselves on our young girls in all our schools.”
The report included a long list of Memphis-area schools where such incidents were documented.
The gang members, Cobb said, “carry weapons … they will use them quicker than any male that I’ve ever come upon – to try and fight them you’ll get hurt.”
Reports also said in some of the locations the organizations called themselves DTOs, or Dykes Taking Over.
But the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which had tried to suppress the Memphis report before it aired, issued a statement charging the reporting was “without … one solid statistic or credible source.”
Rashad Robinson, GLAAD’s senior director of media programs, called the reporting “inaccurate tabloid journalism” and said it “perpetuates dangerous stereotypes about lesbians and feeds a climate of homophobia, anti-gay discrimination and violence.”
Participants in several blogs simply ridiculed the reports. A writer who was identified as “Idaho Librul” told the “From the Left” website: “Thank goodness for Bill O’Reilly! I saw a group of rampaging lesbians just the other day going up and down my street. Oh wait a minute, come to think of it, they were Girl Scouts selling cookies. But I was terrified!”
On the After Ellen blog, another wrote, “Yes, it’s true, we’re just one cell short of being a full-fledged terrorist network. Don’t bother asking us where bin Laden is – we’ll never tell.”
Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth, an organization publicizing information about the impact of the “gay” lifestyle, contends pro-homosexual influences have so permeated many media organizations that the “gay” promoters are accustomed to having only their side reported.
For example, the Memphis report referenced young schoolgirls being hurt, but GLAAD’s statement ignored those victims.
“All they wanted to do was shut down the story,” LaBarbera told WND. “This epitomizes the selfishness of the gay activists.”
Having heard over the years of the fast-growing influence of lesbian gangs and their tactics of intimidation, LaBarbera said the reports, including an estimate of 150 attack squads in the Washington, D.C., region alone, were no surprise.
Neither was it a surprise that “gay” activists would try to intimidate a news team into silence about such a story, including reports the activists demanded to see the story before it aired and threatened lawsuits.
In fact, GLAAD condemned the Memphis program as full of “dangerous, inaccurate stereotypes.”
“GLAAD was first alerted to the story when Initiative Fairness of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, The Tennessee Equality Project and Memphis community members called to complain about a problematic promotional ad,” the organization said. “The teaser, aired during February ‘sweeps’ month, foreshadowed the familiar defamatory script in which a local news reporter relies on tabloid-style journalism and anecdotal claims.
“This type of reporting creates a climate of homophobia and fear, perpetuating dangerous, inaccurate stereotypes of gay people and feeding a climate of anti-gay discrimination and violence,” the group said.
GLAAD contacted the station managers and after a private preview concluded it was “shockingly defamatory.”
The statement cast aspersions on interview subjects, calling the sheriff’s department gang officer “a so-called ‘gang expert,’” and advocated a consumer campaign to present complaints to the station managers.
“They are taking the line that there’s no other side,” LaBarbera said. “If you read that GLAAD release about perpetuating negative stereotypes, you can’t write anything negative about any homosexuals.”
“It’s a stunning bit of crude bullying,” he said.
LaBarbera has had his own experience with “‘gays” wanting only their side of the story told. He’s debated the issue of homosexuality several times, he said, and has seen homosexuals lobbying debate organizations to “interview us alone.”
“You don’t need to put us on with that bigot,” they’ve told debate organizers, LaBarbera said.
Many homosexual activists have influenced news reports by providing journalists with new definitions of various words and phrases, and major news groups such as the New York Times and Associated Press have adopted some of those demands.
GLAAD’s own documentation, the AP tells its writers to “avoid references to ‘sexual preference’ or to a gay or alternative ‘lifestyle.’”
And it says the New York Times tells its writers to “avoid” the term “admitted homosexual” because that “suggests criminality or shame.” They also are told to avoid the term “gay rights,” because “advocates for gay issues are concerned that the term may invite resentment by implying ‘special rights’ that are denied other citizens.” Instead, the phrase “equal rights” or “civil rights” should be used.” Also, New York Times writers never must use “sexual preference,” because it “carries the disputed implication that sexuality is a matter of choice.”
LaBarbera noted a prominent homosexual journalist has likened talking to Christians about “gay” issues to talking to the Klan about race issues.
“Obviously, this is their whole thing. They want to portray religious conservatives as analogous to the Klan,” he said.
He noted even Fox News has contributed to the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
“Journalists need to re-evaluate their ethics on this whole issue, giving money to gay and lesbian groups,” he said.
“There is a serious professional ethic at stake: Are we going to be bullied by powerful special interest groups into distorting the news and covering up key information,” he asked.
“Here’s a lesbian gang story obviously affecting inner city schools. If there were any justice in the media this would be huge. There would be investigations kicking in,” he said.
“This is really Orwellian. We’ve got gayspeak words,” LaBarbera said.
“Here you have girls being raped by other girls, and somehow GLAAD manages to turn the homosexual lobby into the victims,” he said.
The original Memphis TV report included stories of school washroom rapes of schoolgirls, assaults with sex toys, and the intimidation that comes from the threat of those attacks.
LaBarbera told WND he heard about the “lesbian bullying phenomenon” from former lesbian-turned-Christian evangelist Linda Jernigan, who was contacted by a teacher about speaking at a suburban Chicago where “this sick behavior was occurring.”
“Jernigan said she was told that lesbian girl gangs would drag a targeted female into the school restroom, hold her down, and perform oral sex on her to ‘turn her out’ – i.e., forcible ‘seduce’ the poor girl through lesbian rape,” he said.
But he said that should be no surprise, because the “Vagina Monologues,” a feminist-lesbian play celebrated by liberal elites, in its original version contains a chapter about a 24-year-old lesbian woman “who plies a 13-year-old girl with alcohol to seduce her.”
The author turned the pedophile rape “into a sort of feminist-lesbian ‘moral good’ by having the girl victim end up as a happy lesbian who says, ‘I’ll never need to rely on a man,’” LaBarbera said.
He noted such rape descriptions were edited from later versions.
There also was an WCAU report from Philadelphia several years earlier providing similar documentation to such allegations about lesbian attacks.
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