The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

Breaking: Story about ‘homophobic RSVP mom’ was a moronic HOAX

Totally fabricated.

Totally fabricated.

This is a public service announcement.

The title story, “broken” by Long Island radio station K-98.3 on Wednesday this week, claimed that a mother whose child was invited to the birthday party of a school friend, being given by her “two dads,” responded with disapproving comments in her written RSVP.  The tale quickly went viral, exciting some very natural attention right here at LU.

The story’s gist included debate-bait comments supposedly made by the mother:

“Tommy will NOT be attending,” wrote Beth on the invitation. “I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your ‘lifestyle’. I’m sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [phone number].”

The narrative then purported to recount the anger felt by the “two dads,” followed by an escalating feud in which the mother authorized her phone number to be released by the radio station, and dared people to contact her.

Now it turns out that none of this ever happened.  Steve [Harper] and Leana, co-hosts of the radio station’s “Morning Show,” made the whole thing up.  Just after 7:00 PM Eastern on Friday, they posted an apology on the station’s website, stating the following:

On Wednesday, we told you the story of Sophia’s birthday party, and one parent’s objection to the same-sex household of Sophia’s parents.  We also posted the invitation on our Facebook page, and invited comments from our followers.

This story was, in fact, totally fictitious, and created by the two of us.  This was done without the knowledge of K-98.3 management or ownership.

We were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic, but we made a mistake by misleading our listeners into thinking that this specific situation actually existed.

(H/t: HuffPo)

This isn’t the first time a gay-themed cause-célèbre turned out to be a hoax.  At least this time, no one is claiming to have given donated money to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Long Islanders can let us know if Steve and Leana earn their trust back.  But it’s OK with us if you never mention them around here again.

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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  • CarolinaSistah

    Which one of them, Steve or Leana, are gay? Just asking…

  • interestedobserver2

    Typical leftie strategy — make up a story and then try to force a policy discussion based on a flat-out lie. I’m glad they got caught, now they should be fired immediately for lying to the public and sowing hatred.

  • Xavier

    Stories about angry intolerant homophobes tend to be false, and stories about militant gheys forcing their agenda on society tend to be true.

    I wonder why? /

    • Ned

      Shhh … you’re not supposed to know this ….

      SEXUAL ASSAULTS are UP because of “gays”. With the removal of the childish, “don’t ask, don’t tell”, “gays” are OPENLY assaulting same sex and the officers really don’t know how to handle it in a “politically correct way” without looking like they “discriminate” against perversion. No kidding.

    • stonemike

      good point !

  • wwjdroy

    This back and forth hatered over less than 2% of the population has been done over in ad-nausium. We live our lives either as we see fit or do our best as God sees fit, and in the end, He will judge. So whether a thief, a murderer, a hedonist womanizer (as I once was) homosexual, or any number of things most honest fathers want for their children; God will decide at our deaths, and He will choose, and at that point, it will be out of our control. Now is the time we choose.

  • guest

    Steve and Leana should be fired. The media thinks it’s okay to lie to the people they are supposed to protect.

    • stonemike

      They’ve watched the MSM take on the role of “progressive operatives” and are in reality more responsible for the “destruction of freedoms” obammi has wrought upon our nation than “the liar in chief” himself ! The media, much like illegals who obammi protects have become “entitled” !

  • Ned

    Since when do LIEbrals ever tell the truth?

    They thrive on lying, intimidation and exploiting the less informed.

    • Ace Smith

      The reality is that the libs themselves are the ones less informed. They do their best to incite those ignorant masses that tend to exist in their ranks through lies and half truths. These people should be fired and banned for their actions. The unfortunate reality is that they will probably be praised for their attempt to gain sympathy for their cause.

  • M. Fazio

    This is a great example of the Liberal Marxist Media wanting to get the Public involved on an issue that they don’t want thrown in their faces, which the Homosexual Community wants to do. Throw their lifestyle in our FACES.

    They call their lifestyle “NORMAL?” Sorry it is NOT. They feel they are an endangered Species, which in some part, they ARE. So they want SPECIAL LAWS JUST for them, if they feel they are “NORMAL”, why the Special Laws? You don’t need them. Laws are out about discrimination.

    They made a big deal about the Baker in Colorado who didn’t want to bake for this Couple because of their lifestyle the Baker didn’t agree with. Well, go to another baker, But no, They want to take this baker to Court, where it didn’t need to go in the first place. If I was the Baker, I would make the CRAPPIEST Cake possible for them. I would NOT care about their opinion about my Baking. I would refund their money back. This Couple wanted to make a statement and throw it in everyone’s face.

    Screw you Liberal Media! You are Liars and you seem not to care.

    • stonemike

      One of “radical progressives” base tenets is to preempt the oppositions beliefs, such as not accepting homosexuality! In this case , these agitators fabricated a story to try to inflame hatred toward traditionalists who want nothing to do with

      gays! Nothing new for lying, despicable ‘leftist”, it just too bad this story was not true because the fictional mother deserves all the respect a responsible mother should get !

  • slkgej6

    Just how ridiculous is this debate becoming that the gay party line is constantly being portrayed as if they were living through the equivalent of Jim Crow laws in the south during the civil rights era? However, unlike the civil rights conflicts, the majority of the tales that we hear nowadays are simply made up by those hoping to attract sympathetic attention.

    If I were the manager of the radio station, that would have been their very last day at work and, if I had anything to say about it, their very last day working anywhere. As an employer, I don’t care who my employees choose to sleep with until their lives begin to intrude on the work in my practice. But the one thing I will not tolerate is lying. I make that very, very clear through both example and policy. I simply do not tolerate an employee who chooses to lie.

    I realized a long time ago that a person who lies, especially in ways that would call into question the integrity of my practice, cannot be trusted. You don’t wake up one day and decide that you’re going to become a liar; it is a habit, and one that I rarely find easily remediable without a life changing experience. I’m not talking about the little white lies that everyone tells every day in order to avoid hurting others or reveal too much of ourselves, I’m talking about blithely making up a story like this one and using it to create controversy or receive sympathy where none is merited. It’s loathsome and contemptible and it should not be allowed to be excused with such sickening words. For such an act, there should be life changing consequences. Perhaps then they would realize that for those who don’t live in the world of the leftist, the end does NOT, in fact, justify the means.

    • Howard Portnoy

      Well said.

    • J.e. Dyer

      Indeed, nicely said. If the radio station has any integrity, this pair will be out on their rear ends by 8 AM Monday.

    • cozmo

      Whew, I should have read all the comments before posting. Geesh, why wasn’t this obvious to the station owners?


  • stonemike

    Doesn’t matter this scenario happens thousands of times a day, when parents are faced with making decisions about their childrens future and welfare, and whether the subject is homosexuality or the oppression of SOCIALISM, all parents have an unalienable right to advise their kids as they see fit !

    • J.e. Dyer

      Agreed, stonemike. It seems many on the left realize they can’t win by arguing against what you just said. So they make up stories to try to change the terms of the debate.

      • stonemike

        Stay active, stay vocal, America needs you!

  • cozmo

    Islanders can let us know if Steve and Leana earn their trust back.


    That they still have a job show there is no integrity at the station. If they still have an audience it will show the amount of those lacking character in the area.

    • J.e. Dyer

      Can’t disagree with you there, cozmo.

  • frankenbiker

    Why are these two still employed? Why don’t we all call that station and demand their termination? I think I’ll start.

  • johughsie

    These “shunned gay stories” remind me of the story of “The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf”.
    Eventually – nobody will believe ANY OF IT!!
    Because of all the falsehoods & lies & deceit & fictional stories…….”fairy tales” – there’s a pun in there.
    Get it??
    Fairy tales.

    • J.e. Dyer

      I have to assume that day will come. I guess what we should all be wary of is this manufactured “evidence” involving scribbled notes on slips of paper, like restaurant receipts and RSVP cards.
      Next time, we should demand video, at the very least.

  • jimpeel

    If you have to invent lies to bolster your cause you have no cause, just a lie. Hitler’s minister of propaganda said it best “The big lie, told often enough, becomes the truth.”

  • Blahdiohblahblah

    Gosh, doesn’t the wording sound exactly like the fake “this is why I’m not leaving a tip” hoax we heard a while back?
    What’s with teh gheys and their weird straights-say-“I don’t believe in what you do” meme?. Trouble is, we DO believe it, and its disgusting, that’s why we’d rather not have our little guys around y’all.

  • Eli Odell Jackson

    Sin begets sin
    If they can accommodate one sin (Sodomy) they can practice another (Deceit)

  • Eli Odell Jackson

    To be honest I don’t understand what’s unreasonable with the response if it were true..