Stephen details how inaccurate media reports, easy symbolism, and a particularly contentious political climate created the perfect conditions for the hate-crime narrative to take hold in the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's murder.
His new book, The Book Of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard (amzn.to/1beyhmF) will come out on Sept. 24.
Stephen Jimenez is an award-winning journalist, writer and producer. He is a 2012 Norman Mailer Nonfiction Fellow and has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20, Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Fox, Court TV and others. His accolades include the Writers Guild of America Award, the Mongerson Award for Investigative Reporting (Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism), an Emmy, and several fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. A graduate of Georgetown University, he has taught screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and other colleges. Mr. Jimenez lives in Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This video is a part of the Dish's Ask Anything interview series. It was recorded in New York, NY on August 27, 2013. You can find the rest of Stephen's videos and the resulting commentary here: dish.andrewsullivan.com/ask-anything/#stephen-jimenez
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