Friday, November 26, 2004

Stacy's Carnival

In the spirit of the Christian Carnival I thought that today I would go through some of my favorite sites and tell you about the stories I liked. So here we go...

Blogs for Bush is telling us that our friend Hugh Hewitt is having a new book coming out called Blog - there's a shock huh! :)

Sharon Hughes has a nice post about last years Thanksgiving with the troops. I remember that and thought it was great the way Bush annoyed the Dems by doing that! I'm so glad he was re-elected!

A friend quit smoking! Yeah - read about it at Christweb.

Dan Lacey - creator extraordinaire of one of my favorite comics in the whole entire universe - FAITHMOUSE - has posted a few cool thoughts on his blog. He talks about how he gets pigeonholed as being part of the vast right wing conspiracy. And that's a bad thing? :)

As usual Pastor Mark Roberts has some wonderful thoughts on Thanksgiving. Oh, and I just bought his book Dare to Be True about the idea of deception and the challenge to be honest all the time. READ IT!

Michelle Malkin is reminding her readers that tonight ABC is airing a special about how the Matthew Shepard's killers may have been motivated by money and drugs rather than hatred of gays. This is sure to be controversial and annoying to some homosexual activists who have depended upon this to further their cause.

My friend Paul - marketing guru extraordinaire - is telling his readers about his "Blog Alter Ego" - it's funny, be sure to read it!

And there is so much more. But for now, this will have to do. Have a nice day!


Blogger lloydletta said...

After Reading the Shephard Family Statement about the 20/20 episode, I'd like to see ABC publically respond to this. Also, I'd be interested in your response to Judy Shepherd's statement. I happen to oppose hate crimes legislation. However I think the Shepherds make some compelling points - and if they are accurately describing the show, ABC News should be ashamed of themselves.


Statement from Judy and Dennis Shepard Concerning 20/20 Upcoming Report on the Murder of Matthew Shepard

On November 26, 2004, 20/20 will air a piece that promised 'new information and facts' about Matt's beating and subsequent death. Dennis and I reviewed an advance copy of the show and were dismayed and saddened by the tabloid nature of the show, its lack of serious reporting of facts in evidence, and the amateurish nature of asking leading questions to the people who were interviewed.

I, too, was asked by 20/20 for an interview and agreed to do so to ensure that all of the facts were correctly stated. My only stipulation was that our legal advisor Sean Maloney, Matthew Shepard Foundation Board member and former senior White House staffer, had to be included in the interview to share his legal knowledge and expertise regarding Matthew's murder. He was quite eloquent in stating the facts pertaining to Matt's case, his knowledge of hate crimes in general, and in debunking 20/20's attempt to rewrite history. As you may or may not know, Sean was deleted from the interview entirely. The editing by 20/20 of my interview seems to leave out all of my relevant comments regarding the potential bias of the show and my deliberate restating of the facts of the case clearly ended up on the cutting room floor. My remarks were reduced to a few very personal maternal comments taken out of context to make it appear as if I agreed with 20/20's theories. That couldn't be farther from the truth.

This same subjective editing occurred with Dave O'Malley's interview. Dave, a Captain with the City of Laramie police force at the time, was Laramie's lead investigator in the case and worked in tandem with Rob DeBree, the lead investigator for the Albany County Sheriff's Department, to bring the case to trial and to provide the evidence necessary to convict both Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney. (Both law enforcement officers are in complete agreement with the facts as stated during the trials.)

Dave gave Ms. Vargas a detailed account of the case. He described the elements of hate and gay bias that were found during the extensive investigation and were substantiated in the large body of evidence collected for this case. Dave's comments were severely edited. Perhaps they were left out because he did not give Ms. Vargas the answer(s) she needed to maintain her 'new' theory concerning the murder. One of the most glaring omissions in the piece was the transcript of Aaron McKinney's in-custody interview which took place a few days after the murder. This occurred before any 'line of defense' had been established by legal counsel for the two defendants. Had that document been included, it would have shown an un-rehearsed and unemotional anti-gay account of the events before, during, and after leaving Matt tied to the fence.

Despite their promotional efforts to the contrary, 20/20 has not presented a 'new' theory. Much of this information was included in a Harpers Magazine cover story in 1999. What is new is the unfortunate downslide of a reputable news magazine show when its highly respected host retires.
20/20 has sacrificed years of professional journalistic ethics and values for a stab at revisionist history ... and ratings.

November 28, 2004 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree with you. If ABC did what Matt's mom says, then they should be ashamed of themselves. The bottom line for me is that the media can't be trusted, which is why I tend to listen to talk radio, or find news online.

Oh, and I fell asleep during the show! :) So I didn't even see the whole thing. That says something huh.

November 29, 2004 at 7:39 AM  

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