When I first saw it, I took a quick at the source — FOX News sourced to a leading tabloid, UK’s Daily Mail. That was my cue to move on to other things — things with an actual chance of being factual.
However, Cristan Williams, a writer on trans issues, did take the time investigate the claims being made and blew the story wide open — she proved it was completely false. Williams stated in TransAdvocate she believes the hate group — Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has admitted to making up this claim.
Now, Zack Ford of ThinkProgress, is also saying the trans hate group, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), admits to making the entire story up.
Ford: “. . . as far as PJI is concerned, it doesn’t matter if the transgender student actually did anything to harass these girls. Simply by entering the girls’ locker room, she was “inherently intimidating and harassing” the other girls who use it.”
The story initially gain traction after an anti-trans and LGBT Christian media site got a hold of the PJI statement and published it. Neither FOX News or the Daily Mail attempted to confirm the story as factual. In fact, Bill O’Reilly did a ‘I told you this would happen’ segment on his show blasting trans equality shortly after FOX New’s reporting of this bogus story.
Some of the sites have reportedly retracted their stories. I’m not so sure about FOX News at this point.
I’m not surprised at all how low some hate groups will go. But least they know they’re being monitored and news media sites — even tabloids — may not be so gullible the next time around.
More on FOX News’ reporting of this story: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/360387
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