Calling Out The Smears Of Media Matters

Steve Jimenez is not interested in allowing the liberal media monitor to slime his book on the Matthew Shepard murder while offering no substance to back up their claims. In Out magazine, he challenges their assumptions: In its attacks against me and my book, Media Matters relies frequently on the claim that “investigators… have denounced … Continue reading Calling Out The Smears Of Media Matters

The Smears Of The Matthew Shepard Foundation

It’s well worth reading a story in the Guardian/Observer today about the famous and horrifying murder of Matthew Shepard. The Guardian is a left-leaning paper, but it is not American and therefore has some interest in the actual truth of the affair, as opposed to the propaganda. And it largely echoes the superb reporting of … Continue reading The Smears Of The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Sourcing The Matthew Shepard Story

Alyssa Rosenberg has written an atypically brutal and ad hominem take-down of Jimenez’s The Book Of Matt. She focuses on the reliability of his anonymous sources: [T]he sourcing gets particularly weak when Jimenez tries to make the leap from suggesting that Shepard used methamphetamine to suggesting that he was dealing on a large scale. A … Continue reading Sourcing The Matthew Shepard Story

Missing Matthew Shepard

Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard (out today), describes what Matthew’s complex story means to him: An excerpt from the new book is now available at the Daily Beast. Below is a long video that details some of the evidence and sources that back up some of Jimenez’s more provocative … Continue reading Missing Matthew Shepard

Were Matthew Shepard’s Murderers Equally Culpable?

In today’s video from Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, he shares his thoughts on what role Russell Henderson played in the murder of Shepard and why he thinks Russell might have gotten a different sentence than Aaron McKinney if Henderson had not been pressured to … Continue reading Were Matthew Shepard’s Murderers Equally Culpable?

The “Wildfire” After Matthew Shepard’s Murder

In today’s video from Book Of Matt author Stephen Jimenez, he details how the hate-crime narrative of Shepard’s murder took hold as fast as it did, noting the easy symbolism, frequently inaccurate media reports and how at that moment in 1998, both the gay community and president Clinton were under siege: Responding via our Facebook … Continue reading The “Wildfire” After Matthew Shepard’s Murder

Challenging The Myth Of Matthew Shepard

In today’s video, Stephen Jimenez explains how his personal experience as a gay man and survivor of the AIDS epidemic informed his approach to The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, as well as why he thinks the gay community should be ready to embrace the complexity of Shepard’s life and death: In … Continue reading Challenging The Myth Of Matthew Shepard

Was Matthew Shepard’s Murder A Hate Crime?

In today’s video, Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, considers the role that homophobic hatred played in Matthew Shepard’s murder and whether the brutality of the crime is consistent with other cases of meth-related violence: A reader counters a previous one: The gratuitous brutality of the … Continue reading Was Matthew Shepard’s Murder A Hate Crime?