Only on O'Reilly: Scary Lesbian Gangs Recruiting Kids, Packing Pink Pistols

| 11/12/2007 3:53:51 PM

So-called crime analyst Rod Wheeler appeared in June on the O’Reilly Factor to sound the alarm: There was, he claimed, an “epidemic” of violent lesbian gangs sweeping the United States.

The O’Reilly website’s synopsis of the interview quotes Wheeler as saying, “There’s a national underground of women who are actually recruiting kids as young as 10 years old to be members of their organizations. Some of the kids have reported that they were forced into performing sex acts. Some of these groups carry pink pistols and they cause a lot of hurt to a lot of people.”

Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse followed up a month later with a report posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website and recently published in the Fall issue of the organization’s magazine Intelligence Report. Their investigation found that Wheeler’s “national underground” network was a fantasy constructed by piecing together and exaggerating a handful of otherwise unrelated incidents.

In the O’Reilly segment, Wheeler, a former Metropolitan D.C. police officer, cited D.C.-area incidents to support his claims. But Detective Patrick Word, president of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network, told Intelligence Report that his 400-member group “reports only one lesbian gang” in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia area. Most of the other details Wheeler cited were based on sensationalized or falsified media reports; some, like the pink pistols, were made up entirely.

Buchanan and Holthouse’s investigation helped drag hasty qualifications and retractions out of both Wheeler and O’Reilly. Unfortunately, once such a sensational story circulates, the damage has largely been done.

Rashad Robinson, the senior director of media programs for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) told Intelligence Report, “This type of reporting creates a climate of homophobia and fear and perpetuates dangerous stereotypes of gay people and definitely helps feed into a climate of anti-gay discrimination and violence, which is a true national epidemic, but not one you’re likely to see reported with such zeal by Bill O’Reilly.”

12/25/2007 12:42:03 AM

If we all try real hard to ignore O'Rielly is there a chance he will go away. Repeating his lies - even to rebuff them - lends too much creadence. His is the stuff urban legends are made of.

11/13/2007 3:54:13 PM

Yeah. Tell that to Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, who said that he was attacked by a Lesbian gang who left him naked and tied up in his car. Then again, good old Prince Frederic Von Anhalt also says that he's the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby. So. Can't believe everything you hear.

Tod Colby
11/13/2007 12:07:46 PM

So, O'Reilly is a homophobe. That's news? If GLAAD wants to cite incidents that "create a climate of homophobia and fear" why don't they cite the transvestites that went into a Catholic church in San Francisco that has him so cranked up?

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