"Uncomfortable Truth" in Matthew Shepard's Death

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“animis opibusque parati”

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#1 Oct 28, 2013
The leftist agenda always trumps truth.

http://nypost.com/2013/10/28/uncomfortable-tr...

by Andrea Peyser

Stephen Jimenez didn’t set out to be the most dangerous journalist on earth.

Or, more to the point, the most dangerous gay journalist.

But Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear. And it calls into question everything you think you know about the life and death of one of the leading icons of our age.

Matthew Shepard, college student. Killed, at 21, for being gay.

Or was he?

Jimenez’s “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard,” out last month, challenges every cultural myth surrounding Shepard’s short life and unspeakable death. After some 13 years of digging, including interviews with more than 100 sources, including Shepard’s killers, Jimenez makes a radioactive suggestion:

The grisly murder, 15 years ago this month, was no hate crime.

Shepard’s tragic and untimely demise may not have been fueled by his sexual orientation, but by drugs. For Shepard had likely agreed to trade methamphetamines for sex. And it killed him.

Heresy.

Why dredge this up now? Jimenez’s answer surprised me.

“As a gay man,” he said,“I felt it was a moral thing to do.”

Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, now doing life for murder, were not homophobes, writes Jimenez. Shepard was lured from a bar, then driven to the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., where he was robbed. McKinney savagely pistol-whipped Shepard with the barrel of a .357 Magnum. The men then hung him, barefoot, freezing and barely alive, on a fence, in a pose resembling a crucifixion. He died six days later.

But McKinney was no stranger. Strung out on meth for a week before the slaying, writes Jimenez, McKinney likely had been Shepard’s gay or bisexual lover.

“To understand who Matthew really was,” Jimenez said,“to alter our perception of him as a martyr and an icon, is not going to be damaging to gay rights.

“I don’t buy it. I don’t think we have anything to lose from telling the truth.”

Activists, journalists, politicians and filmmakers who, with the best of intentions, based careers on Shepard’s murder are furious. But Jimenez insists he’s willing to trade Shepard’s irreproachable image for a serious talk about drugs. Meth, he said, is haunting the gay scene, bringing with it a plague of ultra-violence, new HIV infection -- and gay-bashing.

If this book saves one life, it’s worth it.

Jimenez, 60, a Brooklyn native who splits his time between New York and Santa Fe, NM, has seen his work attacked by organizations from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which helped push through a 2009 federal hate-crimes law in the name of Shepard and James Byrd Jr., the black man dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in Texas in 1998.

The New York Times Magazine commissioned, then canceled, a piece from Jimenez in 2004.(The editor claims it wasn’t any good.) But ABC’s “20/20” ran with a story Jimenez produced, which won two major broadcasting awards. Yet the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog recently accused Jimenez of serving as a lapdog of “right-wing pundits, radio hosts and bloggers.”

In Washington, DC, gay activists pestered bookstores to cancel Jimenez’s appearances. So much for free speech.

“It’s offensive,” said Jimenez.

I find it offensive that a gay journalist should be held to a different standard than a straight one. But Jimenez’s every word has been vetted by protectors of Matthew Inc. to determine his agenda. Is he a traitor to the cause?

Jimenez is not the enemy. He’s just a man who told an uncomfortable truth, as he saw it.

He should be proud.
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#2 Oct 28, 2013

“animis opibusque parati”

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#3 Oct 28, 2013
Duke for Mayor wrote:
New commentary, dawg.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#4 Oct 28, 2013
-tip- wrote:
<quoted text>
New commentary, dawg.
New chance to suck money out of the Tea people.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#6 Oct 28, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
New chance to suck money out of the Tea people.
The author of the new book is gay. I highly doubt much of the plural right is going to buy it.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#7 Oct 28, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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The author of the new book is gay. I highly doubt much of the plural right is going to buy it.
It's the Tea Party here that is all atwitter about it.
hey hey black Albert

Columbus, OH

#8 Oct 28, 2013
Look, just as long as the vermin on the progressive left can use this to advance pedophile sodomy they will do so. Case in point is that disgusting and vile pedophile kiddie porn author and fisting champion Kevin Jennings, who obama made 'safe schools tsar'.

Since: Dec 11

Middletown, OH

#9 Oct 28, 2013
And the wiener riders here will stick their tongue out and make noise, and stomp their feet,hissy, hissy, but not a peep about answering the facts. Old news????? Now there's a put down baby. It it's old news then it must not be true or worthy of consideration. Who swallows that? Those who swallow........
---a tip for you----

Athens, OH

#10 Oct 28, 2013
scientific fact shows that the biggest homophobes are the biggest closet cases.

but you already knew that, didnt you, tippy....
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#11 Oct 28, 2013
-tip- wrote:
The leftist agenda always trumps truth.
http://nypost.com/2013/10/28/uncomfortable-tr...
by Andrea Peyser
Stephen Jimenez didn’t set out to be the most dangerous journalist on earth.
Or, more to the point, the most dangerous gay journalist.
But Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear. And it calls into question everything you think you know about the life and death of one of the leading icons of our age.
Matthew Shepard, college student. Killed, at 21, for being gay.
Or was he?
Jimenez’s “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard,” out last month, challenges every cultural myth surrounding Shepard’s short life and unspeakable death. After some 13 years of digging, including interviews with more than 100 sources, including Shepard’s killers, Jimenez makes a radioactive suggestion:
The grisly murder, 15 years ago this month, was no hate crime.
Shepard’s tragic and untimely demise may not have been fueled by his sexual orientation, but by drugs. For Shepard had likely agreed to trade methamphetamines for sex. And it killed him.
Heresy.
Why dredge this up now? Jimenez’s answer surprised me.
“As a gay man,” he said,“I felt it was a moral thing to do.”
Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, now doing life for murder, were not homophobes, writes Jimenez. Shepard was lured from a bar, then driven to the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., where he was robbed. McKinney savagely pistol-whipped Shepard with the barrel of a .357 Magnum. The men then hung him, barefoot, freezing and barely alive, on a fence, in a pose resembling a crucifixion. He died six days later.
But McKinney was no stranger. Strung out on meth for a week before the slaying, writes Jimenez, McKinney likely had been Shepard’s gay or bisexual lover.
“To understand who Matthew really was,” Jimenez said,“to alter our perception of him as a martyr and an icon, is not going to be damaging to gay rights.
“I don’t buy it. I don’t think we have anything to lose from telling the truth.”
Activists, journalists, politicians and filmmakers who, with the best of intentions, based careers on Shepard’s murder are furious. But Jimenez insists he’s willing to trade Shepard’s irreproachable image for a serious talk about drugs. Meth, he said, is haunting the gay scene, bringing with it a plague of ultra-violence, new HIV infection -- and gay-bashing.
If this book saves one life, it’s worth it.
Jimenez, 60, a Brooklyn native who splits his time between New York and Santa Fe, NM, has seen his work attacked by organizations from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which helped push through a 2009 federal hate-crimes law in the name of Shepard and James Byrd Jr., the black man dragged to his death behind a pickup truck in Texas in 1998.
The New York Times Magazine commissioned, then canceled, a piece from Jimenez in 2004.(The editor claims it wasn’t any good.) But ABC’s “20/20” ran with a story Jimenez produced, which won two major broadcasting awards. Yet the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog recently accused Jimenez of serving as a lapdog of “right-wing pundits, radio hosts and bloggers.”
In Washington, DC, gay activists pestered bookstores to cancel Jimenez’s appearances. So much for free speech.
“It’s offensive,” said Jimenez.
I find it offensive that a gay journalist should be held to a different standard than a straight one. But Jimenez’s every word has been vetted by protectors of Matthew Inc. to determine his agenda. Is he a traitor to the cause?
Jimenez is not the enemy. He’s just a man who told an uncomfortable truth, as he saw it.
He should be proud.
Haha,-tip- is so desperate to bluff about his own uncomfortable truth.

“The One! The Only! RUKiddingme”

Since: Dec 08

Jersey, Baby!

#12 Oct 28, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
<quoted text>
The author of the new book is gay. I highly doubt much of the plural right is going to buy it.
So. He's an Aunt Tom.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#13 Oct 28, 2013
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
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So. He's an Aunt Tom.
Damn, boy, you got a slur for everything.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#15 Oct 29, 2013
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
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You keep finding things that deserve slurs.
You keep popping up...

Since: Oct 10

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#16 Oct 29, 2013
George, Karl, Tip, hey hey and Shah have something to contribute to a discussion here.

The rest of you useless trolls....why do you even bother to post? Get out and take a walk, get some fresh air, better yet, die.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#17 Oct 29, 2013
Seriouslady wrote:
George, Karl, Tip, hey hey and Shah have something to contribute to a discussion here.
The rest of you useless trolls....why do you even bother to post? Get out and take a walk, get some fresh air, better yet, die.
Excellent contribution Annie!!!

How are the bicycle lessons coming? Training wheels off yet?

woof
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#19 Oct 29, 2013
Seriouslady wrote:
George, Karl, Tip, hey hey and Shah have something to contribute to a discussion here.
The rest of you useless trolls....why do you even bother to post? Get out and take a walk, get some fresh air, better yet, die.
I love your posts that profess your preference for content and end with you wishing death on people. You are a fine specimen, Anne.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#20 Oct 29, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
I love your posts that profess your preference for content and end with you wishing death on people. You are a fine specimen, Anne.
I suppose that if I had never been able balance myself upon a bicycle I might be a bit mad about life too.

woof
Ohio Attorney

Circleville, OH

#21 Oct 29, 2013
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
<quoted text>
Wazzzup, triflinlady?
Are you learning to ride a bike? At your age? And girth?
Why?

woof

“I luv Canton”

Since: Sep 13

The 57th state

#23 Oct 29, 2013
RU_Kiddingme wrote:
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I dunno. You gotta ask triflinlady why she's triflin' with some bicycles at her age.
LOL

You are a clueless little 0.0 trollie wench huh Yasser......

So sad that you need to troll topix and throw out the same lame
ad nauseam insult to feel better about your worthless existence...

Well, I guess I should not expect originality from the mentally deficient.

Carry on then

Since: Oct 10

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#24 Oct 29, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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I love your posts that profess your preference for content and end with you wishing death on people. You are a fine specimen, Anne.
Why yes, I am. Hear it from people everyday.

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