1819 News Website Kills an Alabama Pastor & Mayor

David Gamble
4 min readNov 6, 2023

Last Wed, Nov 1, a Right-Wing News website, “1819 News”, published a hit piece that outed F.L. ‘Bubba’ Copeland. He was an Alabama mayor and also a pastor. By blowing up his private life for no real legitimate news reason they in effect hounded him into self-destruction.

Two days after the very public exposure and the ridicule it brought, he took his own life.

Who are 1819 News?

They are a far right news site dedicated to reporting events that are specific to Alabama, hence the name 1819 News because that’s the year that Alabama was founded. Founded by Jeff Poor, who used to work for Breitbart, and also previously worked for Tucker Carlson, the site has history that stretches all the way back to ancient historic Oct 2021.

The Hit Piece

The Hit piece on Mr Copeland was an example of an outlet totally ignoring journalistic norms and integrity.

They revealed that ‘Bubba’ Copeland wore women’s clothes and also described himself as a “transgender curvy girl”.

Were they going after him for hypocrisy?


Their reveal would be justifiable if he had been personally targeting the LGBT community, but no, that was not the case. They simply decided to stalk him and then expose his personal life, and so they have killed a man simply because they did not like what he chose to wear.

He had broken no laws, nor had he indulged in any hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community, nor had he initiated or been part of any policies that discriminated against others. He was targeted because of the “crime” of not conforming to narrow minded bigoted views.

Copeland was approached by 1819 News prior to publication and asked to comment. He explained himself to them as follows …

“Just my wife knows about it,” Copeland said. “It’s a hobby I do to relieve stress. I have a lot of stress, and I’m not medically transitioning. It’s just a bit of a character I’m playing. … I don’t go out and seek solicitation or anything like that.”

He continued, “It’s something that I don’t intermingle with the other. It’s private. I don’t do it in the public or anything like…



David Gamble

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