Ben Baeder, writer, exaggerates in article on gangs

By Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
July 11, 2007

The LOTT graffiti in Los Angeles

The LOTT graffiti in Los Angeles

A writer for the Whittier Daily News published an article on gangs that included my name and website in an appalling fashion. I found an excerpt of that article below:

…The LOTT (Living On The Top) gang is based in Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. It started in the 1970s as a group of friends who got together at a vacant lot to get stoned on hard drugs, according to the Web site streetgangs.com, published by USC doctoral student Alex Alonso.

As members went to prison and the drug trade grew, the gang grew more violent and evolved into a traditional street gang, complete with tattoos, organized drug dealing and kil#i*gg, according to the site.

The article states that information about the LOTT gang is “according to” my website StreetGangs.com, but it is based on as article posted on my website by A. Martinez. But Ben Baeder of the Whittier Daily News, improperly cited my website and article about statements that never appeared in the article. No where in the article did the author mention, “complete with tattoos,” that the LOTT was an “organized drug” dealing operation, or that they where involved in “kil#i*gg,” but Baeder decided to sensationalize his article by creating those statements.

These kinds of writers are the reason why many working professionals do not trust the print media. They take the worst quote, add their own words, and twist the meaning and embellish the story for viewership and because most articles about gangs has a negative bias, I am cautious with whom I let interview me, but I definitely will not allow Baeder to interview me again without a retraction.

You can read the entire article that Baeder falsley quotes at:
http://www.streetgangs.com/hispanic/lott13.html

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13 Comments for “Ben Baeder, writer, exaggerates in article on gangs”

  1. HArd Rock

    Ben Baider is a sensationalist writer, thats what they do to get readers. Dont trip man.

    • MONIQUE

      BEN BAIDER WORKS AT COPYMATE AND HAS A HUGE ENTERPRISE GOING ON AT FLORAL ST IN EAST LOS ANGELES. RUNNING MAN WITH NO HEAD. SRITES!!!!!!!

  2. JOEL MORENO

    Well to begin I am a gang member from THE LOTT 13 GANG. I respect any coment that anybody may say about my varrio but to say that we ki*l people its not true .Theirs many people that ki*l humans in so many ways that its a same. I think that who ever did this article should think about what he writesbefore he puts all this bull sh*% in the internet.Thank you for your time. MR.DOPEY GRACIAS

  3. n/a

    Ben Baeder from the Whittier Daily News is a walking piece if crap.

    I know the person who wrote that article for streetgangs.com, and he NEVER stated/wrote anything about any "kil#i*gg".

    The history of THE LOTT 13 is strictly for historical purposes and is common street knowledge.

    There is ABSOLUTELY nothing incriminating in that history.

    Ben Baeder LIED and put things that where NEVER written in the history.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    Ben Baeder needs to pay some consequences for his unprofesionalism and outright lies.

    If the Whittier Daily News has any credibilty, they should fire him for feeding the public BULL-CRAP/LIES and for impersonating a real reporter.

    He is an obvious RACIST, going around acusing Mexican Americans without any facts what-so-ever!

  5. Concerned Citizen

    Ben Baeder needs to pay some consequences for his unprofesionalism and outright lies.

    If the Whittier Daily News has any credibilty, they should fire him for feeding the public BULL-CRAP/LIES and for impersonating a real reporter.

    He is an obvious RACIST, going around acusing Mexican Americans without any facts what-so-ever!

  6. concerned

    has Ben Baeder paid any consequenses for the BULLsh*% he wrote????

  7. There is obviously sooo much more to know about this. I think you made some OK points in Features also.

  8. 323 reaident

    These guys from the lott, arent even around no more. they stop writting on the walls and stop hanging ou in the streets. All propaganda. to make them look good when they died out long time ago. Hoyo is still around in bergon park and Gage mara ar also around, but no lott.

    • MONIQUE

      SO THOSE FOOLS RANKED IT AFTER THEY DID THAT HALE ON ROGERS, f#@$kEN CHICKEN HEADS THEY SURE DONT CALL IT THE LOTT FOR NOTHING. WITH PIGEON HEAD BULLET IN THE BACKGROUND..

    • J.T

      bull sh*% homes….we still here MR BULLET DE LA VARRIO LOTT 13

      • MONIQUE

        IS THAT ONE HOMEBOY OF YOUR STILL ON THE RUN.(WHAT IS HE RUNNING FROM) WHAT A chick. WHAT DOES HE DO AGAIN COPYMATE. HILARIOUS WASHINGTON. COW

  9. MONIQUE

    YEAH, YEAH,! WHATEVER, SO WHEN ARE YOU ALL GONNA START kil#i*gG EACHOTHER?
    MY HOMEBO NEXT DOOR SAIDS HE HAS THEM “BLUE BALLS GOING ON”

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