Although the book has been dismissed as rubbish, Mr. Jimenez continues to defend his work and is now challenging Media Matters to a public debate:
He or someone on his behalf posted this message on https://www.facebook.com/bookofmatt:
Author Stephen Jimenez writes in an Out MagazineOp-Ed: "I invite Media Matters to select a representative to debate me face-to-face about The Book of Matt in an open public forum moderated by a journalist of national renown. Such a debate would be in the public interest: It would further clarify the factual truths surrounding Matthew Shepard’s tragic murder, and it would help educate the public about the important distinction between online advocacy and fact-based journalism."There's been no response from anyone at Media Matters; quite odd given the fact that its writers, Carlos Maza is known to spend his day on social media making disparaging comments toward others who don't share or support his narrow minded view of the world.
I say do it, Carlos.
Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/11/21/andrew-caldwell-im-not-gay-no-more-song-sued-church/#ixzz3KBo9dDGa
And for what it's worth, The HRC released a brief statement noting that Terry Bean, HRC cofounder and board member has taken a leave of absence.
Bean also supposedly posted a message on his Facebook page.
Rumor Tweets: Peter LaBarbera hired a male escort on a recent trip to San Francisco. Someone please tell me it's not a rumor.