O’Reilly Admits "Pink Pistols" Story Exaggerated
Why the American public still regards the neo-conservatives as the bastions of civility and morality is beyond me. But then again, one on five Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth. More than 20% of Americans also believe that the world is flat.
Go figure. This goes a long way in explaining why George W. Bush and his crime family can still remain in office after all that has happened and is likely to happen under his "leadership". - The Angryindian
When Bill O’Reilly of Fox News and "no spin zone" fame featured a report on "gay gangs," the umbrage GLBT people took was business as usual except for one thing: the report crossed a pro-firearms GLBT group called The Pink Pistols.
CQPolitics.com reported on, and The New Yorks Times reprinted, the story, in which an O’Reilly report broadcast last month claimed that 150 "gay gangs" were assaulting people in the Washington, D.C. area.
O’Reilly’s source for the story was a Maryland security consultant, Rod Wheeler, who is also a former Washignton, D.C. police officer, according to the CQ story.
Wheeler said on the show that some of the gay gangs toted 9 mm. Glocks and referred to themsleves as "the pink pistol packing group."
The report, with sensational and lurid claims of "young girls" being "raped" and "gay gangs" running wild in the nation’s capitol, were enough to get the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to urge its membership to demand the O’Reilly honor his "no spin zone" motto and make an on-air retraction, or else present concrete facts for the claims made on air.
The Southern Poverty Law Center also became involved, rebutting the claims made on O’Reilly’s program in a meticulus, point-by-point fashion.
But it was a group of about 10,000 gay and lesbian gun-rights enthusiasts who might have had the most impact: called The Pink Pistols, the group is a GLBT advocacy organization supporting what they view as their Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
The Pink Pistols are not happy at having the name of their organization dragged through the mud in what they see as a sensationalistic and gratuituous manner.
Bloggers picked up on the story; calls and emails flooded O’Reilly’s show; and in the end, O’Reilly took the highly unusual step (for him) of admitting that the story may have been exaggerated, although in an on-air interview with Rashad Robinson, a GLAAD spokesman, O’Reilly stuck to the general claim that, "It’s a valid story," saying that lesbian gangs had been reported as involved in violent attacks in several cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and Memphis.
However, "Is it out of control? No," said O’Reilly. "I’m not in fear of the lesbians beating me up tonight."