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Saturday, 02/15/2014 - 01:02 pm EST

Unbelievable.

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According to this, radio personalities Steve and Leeanna from Long Island's K98.3 decided it would be super neato if they completely fabricated a story about gay dads being the victims of bigotry.  They publicized this birthday party invitation, which went completely viral:

It's a compelling story, isn't it?  A 7 year old's birthday party invitation returned to the senders (two gay dads) with that note on it?  The radio station posted that note on their Facebook page mid week this past week, and of course, readers went completely crazy over it, expressing their due outrage and offering their sympathy and support to the fathers.  It spread like wildfire. 

The problem with the story, though, is that Steve Harper and Leanna (last name unknown) made up the entire thing, right down to the actual invitation, which they apparently hand-crafted.  And they wrote this apology note on the station's website yesterday:

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 invitatation on our Facebook page, and invited comments from our followers.

Dear K-98.3 Listeners,

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.

We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.'  We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

Sincerely, 

Steve & Leeana

- See more at: http://www.k983.com/morning-show/morning-show.aspx#sthash.R2ycbkak.dpuf

Dear K-98.3 Listeners,

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.

We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.'  We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

Sincerely, 

Steve & Leeana

- See more at: http://www.k983.com/morning-show/morning-show.aspx#sthash.R2ycbkak.dpuf

Dear K-98.3 Listeners,

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.

We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.'  We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

Sincerely, 

Steve & Leeana

- See more at: http://www.k983.com/morning-show/morning-show.aspx#sthash.R2ycbkak.dpuf

Dear K-98.3 Listeners,

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.

We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.'  We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.

Sincerely, 

Steve & Leeana

- See more at: http://www.k983.com/morning-show/morning-show.aspx#sthash.R2ycbkak.dpuf

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.

We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a 'life of its own.' We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust."

And people were pretty pissed off that they'd been duped, as they should have been.  They took to the station's facebook page to unleash their fury.

 

I can't really say it any better than those folks already did.  Now that Daisy and I ARE radio hosts, it's absolutely inconceivable to me that Steve and Leeanna did something so mindnumbingly stupid. I mean, WTF were they THINKING?  How could they POSSIBLY have thought this was a good idea?

How they haven't been fired, I have no clue. But I'm guessing they've really damaged their following.

WOW.

UPDATE 2/17/14:  They've been suspended!

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