Toronto’s Scar

Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate, detailing how the Toronto Star is doing the work of right-wing radphlegms for them by employing the American gay male blog ‘its not my job’ mindset when it comes to giving a damn about whether the transphobic defamation it spews has even the slightest grounding in reality:

I want to introduce a debate tactic well-known to the Internet, but perhaps not so well known to print media: Strawman Sockpuppetry. That’s when one inserts an inept voice into a debate to argue against one’s own position. This false flag tactic creates the illusion that the debate position held by one’s opponent is ridiculous.

After Gallinger’s problematic story was printed, those who stand against trans equality came out of the woodwork to publicly gnash their teeth at the supposed absurdity of trans equality… With the help of the Star’s own editorial staff. After the Star was notified that Gallinger’s story was predicated upon a hoax, the Star nevertheless published a letter to the editor decrying the absurdity of trans equality as evidenced by Gallinger’s story. The Star editorial staff made no mention that the entire story was fake. Instead, they printed a letter titled “Trans rights trump women’s rights” using the original title of Gallinger’s article:

tstar-2

Sockpuppet?

Gee – where have I heard that term before?

Oh yeh…

Here.

Meanwhile, back at the Canadian ranch:

The Toronto Star has published this claim – without noting that the claim is a hoax, or at the very least is an anonymous and unverified claim – twice now. Twice the editorial staff saw fit to proffer – as plausible – the highly questionable, anonymous, unsubstantiated and contested claim that sex crimes are taking place at the YMCA. In what other context would such editorial behavior be tolerated? In what way does this behavior resemble the professional standard the Star publicly professes?

Does the Toronto Star have a bug infestation?

And, if so, does the Star even realize it?

Life is So Easy For Self-Declared ‘Ethicists’

No responsibilities and…

well, lets just stick with that: No responsibility, no responsibility at all.

From Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate who, apparently, with a handful of phone calls, does more actual journalism than the Toronto Star does in, well, who knows how long:

On Saturday, the Toronto Star’s “ethics” journalist, Ken Gallinger, unquestioningly published the incredible claim that an elderly Toronto women was hit on in the YMCA women’s locker room by a male-bodied individual who was walking around the women’s locker room fully nude, replete with erection.

The claim is a hoax. We can add this fake incident to the growing list of other fake incidents:

How do we know that the Toronto ‘incident’ didn’t happen?

First:

When Autumn Sandeen wrote Gallinger about the article, Gallinger claimed no journalistic duty to fact check any claim saying, “It is, of course, not possible for me to substantiate most of the stories I’m told, and frankly I don’t try — my general policy is to deal with issues as they are presented…” To seemingly make the case that he wasn’t entirely derelict in his journalistic duties, Gallinger claimed that he did at least check to make sure “that the e-mail address from which it came was valid.” What Gallinger utterly failed to do, was pick up the phone and simply call the YMCA to verify any aspect of this anonymous story.

No journalistic duty to fact check any claim?

Who does Gallinger think he is?  The JohnThe Bil?

Clearly he’s not Cristan, because…

Since Gallinger wasn’t willing to fact check any of these claims, I contacted every Toronto YMCA with a pool and guess what?

No complaint or even rumor of anything like this exists in Toronto area YMCAs. Every Toronto area YMCA was shocked to learn that an unsubstantiated claim like this was propagated by the Toronto Star. Every Toronto area YMCA confirmed that nobody had made any complaint concerning anything even remotely similar to the claim made in the Toronto Star.

Cristan has posted audio and transcripts thereof.

Forward to your favorite christianist-lovin’ TERFs (Or is it TERF-lovin’ christianists?  Its so hard to tell these days), so they can get their stories straight (pun intended) next time they decide to commit group libel against trans people.

Enough Irony to Fuel a Thousand White-Hot Suns

From the blog of The John:

When `saying it first` becomes more important than `getting it right`

Yes, that would be the same blog which, among others, refused to acknowledge any inaccuracy in the gay-male-blog meme of ‘trans activists hurt Dan Savage’s feewings in Vancouver’ even after the Canadian news outlet that had first inaccurately reported the incident acknowledged that it had inaccurately reported the incident.

  • According to a Jan. 23, 2012 post in the website of Canada’s Xtra, Dan Savage made an appearance in Vancouver, British Columbia on Jan. 21.

  • According to the aforementioned Jan. 23, 2012 post in the website of Canada’s Xtra, Dan Savage was glitterbombed before that event.

  • According to the aforementioned Jan. 23, 2012 post in the website of Canada’s Xtra, a “group of six activists, who named themselves The Homomilitia for the event, said they confronted Savage as he entered the theatre through a back-alley entrance.”

  • The apparent pre-Savage-event ‘press release’ from The Homomilitia, dated Jan. 21, does not indicate who all, if anyone, with The Homomilitia is trans-anything or anything-anything.

  • On Jan. 25, 2012, The John posted the following at AmericaBlog: “How the gays defined ‘Santorum.’

  • In the aforementioned Jan. 25, post, The John again reiterates the alleged Vancouver-centric facts underlying his Jan. 23 post.

  • In the comments section of the aforementioned Jan. 25, post, The John is called out on the lack of substantiation for the allegation that trans people were involved in the Vancouver event and responds by saying that that simply doesn’t matter: “Every attack until now has been done by trans people, and the attacks are happening because the trans community decided to demonize Dan and make him public enemy number one.  So, yes, if you are responsible for motivating the people who attacked him, and they’re doing it in your name, and the previous attacks were done by you, then yes you are responsible for putting a stop to it”

Remember?

Trans people do indeed.

We never forget when Gay, Inc.,-defending elitists motivate others to lie about trans people and then justify the lying.

The ‘Force Marcus Bachmann to Get a Non-Fraudulent Job’ Act of 2014

While I doubt that Minnesota State Rep. Karen Clark will call it that…

Clark plans to introduce a bill that would make Minnesota the third state to ban the discredited and dangerous practice of “ex-gay” therapy, which falsely claims to change patients from gay to straight.

To draft the bill, Clark enlisted the help of Alec Fischer, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota who launched a Change.org petition asking lawmakers to protect children from damaging and fraudulent sexual orientation change efforts (also known as “ex-gay” therapy and “conversion” therapy).

Perhaps the most famous Minnesotan who’d be impacted if this proposed bill became law is Marcus Bachmann, the husband of U.S. Representative and former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, whose clinic I exposed in July 2011 for offering “ex-gay” therapy in an undercover hidden-camera investigation.

…reality-based people should call it such nevertheless.

And while I rarely find it necessary to quote a website run by a character who has no problem being a scrivener for anti-trans group libel – and then refusing to acknowlege that the ‘facts’ underlying such stories are lies even when they are repeatedly demonstrated to be such – I will quote this, which is from someone who appeared not to be involved with propagating tales of the Vancouver Incident That Didn’t Actually Happen:

Let’s hope Minnesota lawmakers force Bachmann to get out of the gay “conversion” business for good and put the kibosh on this insidious form of child abuse.

Doesn’t He Ever Read The John, The Bil or The Joe?

Alec Baldwin ended his short-lived cable news career with a bang on Tuesday, slamming what he described as “fundamentalist” gay activists for the end of his MSNBC show.

Speaking to Gothamist, Baldwin was scathing:

I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c–ksucking maggot’ or a ‘c–ksucking motherf–ker’… ‘faggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know. But you’ve got the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy–Rich Ferraro and Andrew Sullivan–they’re out there, they’ve got you. Rich Ferraro, this is probably one of his greatest triumphs. They killed my show. And I have to take some responsibility for that myself.”

If he did, he’d know (1) that he’s never, ever, ever supposed to accept any – not even “some” – personal responsibility for anything, and (2) that the magic spell in Gay, Inc.-land – the one to absolve all sins – is to blame all that ails ya on ‘trans activists.’

The Only Surprising Thing…

One of the distinct qualities that often qualifies organizations for designation by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups is that they specialize in spinning degrading narratives about members of their target groups. And the really vicious haters often give away their game by unleashing the most heinous accusations imaginable — especially so when those accusations turn out to be based on completely false fairy tales.

…is that the piece at Crooks and Liars for which the above is the opening paragraph is not about radphlegm TERFs.

Damn – I Thought Only Bilerico and AmericaBlog Could Get the Facts This Wrong

PFOX

So I stand corrected – thanks to Cristan Williams and TransAdvocate exposing yet another right-wing anti-trans (TERFs?  Do I smell TERFS too????) ‘incident involving the transgender’ that is more fake than that Jackalope-Chupacabra orgy that Porno Pete, Maggie the Maggot and Bam-Bam Barber are stocking up on hand lotion in anticipation of.