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Rather Than Retract Falsehoods About “Safe Schools Czar,” Kevin Jennings, Hannity Doubles Down On The Smears

Reported by Ellen - October 6, 2009 -

Since Sean Hannity’s last broadcast, in which he and two guests attacked “safe schools czar,” Kevin Jennings, for not reporting the “statutory rape” of a gay student who said he had gone home with an older man after meeting him in a bus station bathroom, new information has surfaced about the young student. The then-student has come forward with his driver’s license showing that he was 16 at the time, the age of consent. But rather than retract his smear and his demand that Jennings resign from his current position in the Obama administration, Hannity doubled down on the smears, this time with an unsubstantiated suggestion that Jennings is a supporter of NAMBLA. It’s worth noting that Hannity has still not come up with a single incident showing that Jennings has performed his current job improperly. With video.

As a large graphic that read, “TIME TO RESIGN” hung behind him, Hannity acknowledged that the then-student has come forward about his actual age. But Hannity justified his continued vilification of Jennings by saying, “The truth… is that Jennings admitted that he was aware of a sexual relationship between a high school sophomore who now claims he was 16 at the time… It was Jennings who originally said the boy was 15 and Jennings admits that he did nothing wrong.” That’s not true. Jennings has said he should have handled the situation differently. So Jennings did not abet statutory rape and he has expressed regret for an error in judgment 20 years ago which has nothing to do with his current job performance. On what grounds did Hannity continue his witch hunt? A baseless guilt-by-association accusation.

Hannity went on to say that the Washington Times “uncovered” a 1997 speech Jennings made in which he had said, “One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay.” Hannity added that Hay was a gay rights advocate and a “big supporter of the North American Man Boy Love Association,” or NAMBLA. “In fact, in a 1983 speech, (Hay) said, ‘If the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what 13-, 14- and 15-year-old kids need more than anything in the world.’”

But as Media Matters pointed out, Harry Hay was, in fact, a respected, distinguished gay rights advocate. Furthermore, Jennings said nothing about NAMBLA in his speech. Nor did Hannity point to any indication that Jennings supported NAMBLA, himself.

Before moving on to the next topic, Hannity said, “Now I said it last week, I’ll say it again tonight. It is time for Kevin Jennings to resign.”

As Priscilla pointed out, if Hannity is so concerned with morals, why isn't he calling for the resignations of several Republicans who got caught in actual misdeeds while on the public payroll? You can write him c/o Fox News at hannity@foxnews.com.