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Transgender Conference is Killing our Culture?(Ill-informed Misguided Media Coverage)
by C & C (chaos_rains)
at February 16th, 2008 (12:44 pm)

Transgender Conference is Killing our Culture?
February 15th, 2008

I am sickened by the casual way in which the right wing media spew forth hatred of homosexuals. Here is the latest call to action from GLAAD referring to a disturbing exchange on “The O’Reilly Factor:”

Laura Ingraham claims that Transgender Conference is “Killing Our Culture” on FOX News’ The O’Reilly Factor

While guest hosting Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Feb. 8, commentator Laura Ingraham debated Medea Benjamin, a spokeswoman for Code Pink who is opposed to military recruitment stations in Berkeley, Calif. Ingraham and Benjamin had the following exchange:

INGRAHAM: Are you—do you think that people have a right then to stop the, let’s say, transgender conference that’s happening next month at Berkeley? What if the push was to stop the transgender conference? Would you support that?

BENJAMIN: I don’t think that has anything to do with it, Laura..

INGRAHAM: Has nothing to do with the culture or a divisive issue?

BENJAMIN: It’s war that the American people are against.

INGRAHAM: Well, wait. You think - oh, no, let me get this straight. You think the majority of Americans would support a transgender conference in their communities? Are you kidding me?

BENJAMIN: A transgender conference. . . ..

INGRAHAM: Oh, come on.

BENJAMIN: . . . .is not killing people. It’s people discussing. We’re talking about a war.

INGRAHAM: And killing the culture, maybe.. That’s all.

Ingraham’s claim that a transgender conference is “killing the culture” reflects the kind of over the top, uninformed statements that are unfortunately still commonplace in various News Corporation media outlets. Such ill-informed rhetoric does nothing to advance any discussion of issues, whether transgender specific or not.

GLAAD encourages you to contact Laura Ingraham and The O’Reilly Factor and ask them to stop making ignorant, mean-spirited attacks on transgender people.
CONTACT: oreilly@foxnews.com

What does the transgender conference have to do with the war? Obviously the host had no idea what to say next, so instead of thinking of a good comeback, she just decided to throw some homophobia into the mix. When the right wing dummies are backed into a corner, all they can think to do is throw anti-gay grenades or bring up Jesus, which is why everyone should hate them. And how does the transgender community endanger culture? How do they kill the culture? What are they doing to kill the culture? How is culture killed? What the fuck does any of that mean?

From the beloved Margaret Cho



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Posted by: . (thewerekitty)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)

Your comment about "direct my powers" made me giggle.

I agree with you. That should have ended the debate.

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Posted by: . (thewerekitty)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)


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Posted by: . (thewerekitty)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

I owe it all to you and your "powers"

Posted by: actor (placenta)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)

ugh; anything that is ever said on
that entire station, i deem as incredible.

this is pretty sick, actually.
i think bill o'reilly and laura ingraham
are killing our culture by brainwashing
everybody with their nonsense.

Posted by: Rainsong's Aerie (rainsonggryphon)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

inarticulate mess that reminds me of 'rahowa' groups. If that's the kind of culture we're killing, I want to be the one sharpening the frilly pink guillotine anyway. ;p

Seriously though, it looks here as if they don't even know entirely what they're debating. WTF is 'war' doing randomly strewn into the mix? They also claim that BERKELEY of all places wouldn't accept a GLBT-related conference! I have to seriously question the education requirements to be on that channel now, do they know NOTHING of bay area culture?!

Posted by: Teka Lynn (tekalynn)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

O'Reilly made a pretty nasty anti-San Francisco comment on his show at one time. I forget the exact wording, but it was along the lines of nobody would miss San Francisco if the terrorists blew it up.

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Posted by: just z (mb2u)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Mariko (marikotoeii)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)

im a level 7 blood elf lol

Posted by: K (ftmiscool)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)

yeckkkkk...fox news

Posted by: Luka (midnights_sun12)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)

ugh, bill o'reilly. HATE.

Posted by: Lee Johnson (elegancewaves)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)

Haha, I love how people still watch Fox news at all anymore.

Posted by: spittingkittens (spittingkittens)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

oh, shit....... they're onto us..........


Posted by: just z (mb2u)
Posted at: February 16th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)


What culture are we killing? The culture that says abortion is wrong but the death penalty is right? The culture that allows children to die because they can't get decent health care? The culture that refuses to condemn China for gross human rights violations while offering them billions in free trade? The culture of bigotry, hatred, religious persecution, moral bankruptcy?

If that's the culture the right wants, I think it's our duty to kill it before it spreads.

Posted by: who decided not to begin (serenefish)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)

To Margaret Cho:

Ingraham didn't say anything homophobic or "anti-gay"... that was called transphobia.

Margaret Cho annoys me sometimes, she's definitely not all that up on her knowledge of trans issues. I know she tries and means well, but every so often something slips that makes me feel pretty alienated *shrug*

Posted by: C. (terry_terrible)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

Personally, her FtM fetishization really creeps me out.


Posted by: a (nekoko)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)

Yeah, I used to really like her and her comedy stuff, but now every time I hear her jokes, that's all I can think of. :/

Posted by: A story with no plot (homo_impetus)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)


Posted by: A Guy Named Goo (aguynamedgoo)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
TG Gender Stereotypes

Meh, straw man arguments are the glue that makes the O' Reilly Factor discussions stick together. Can't think of anything relevant to the topic to keep the discussion going? Throw out another issue the right takes offense with!

Posted by: Jay's Journal (freeko)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)

O RLY should talk, this is a man who confused a falafel for a loofah!

Posted by: Jay's Journal (freeko)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

Laura Ingraham is an awful vile human being, at this rate the hatred she spouts? her cancer will return and eat her alive.

Posted by: K (ftmiscool)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)

Wonder if Ann Coulter and Laura have been out to lunch before...

Posted by: Jay's Journal (freeko)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)

Probably so!

Posted by: Jay's Journal (freeko)
Posted at: February 17th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)

Also why are these White Right Wing Republicans so fucking angry? Is having all the privledge not enough for these schmucks?

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