Fox News Lie of the Day 10-08-09

October 8, 2009

And man it’s a doozie. From DailyKos…

Fox News — joined by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Karl Rove — has a new fantasy. This time, it’s a supposed link between Obama’s Dept. of Education and NAMBLA, the North American Man Boy Love Association:

See the video here.

Leaving aside the fact that Kevin Jennings, the target of their smear, isn’t a ‘czar’ (he’s the Department of Education’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe Schools), the Fox-Hannity-King smear is totally false.

1. Jennings has never praised NAMBLA. The statement that Hannity claims was praise for NAMBLA was actually praise for Harry Hay’s creation of the Mattachine Society, the nation’s first gay rights group.

2. The boy Jennings counseled had no sexual contact with the man he had met during a bus trip. (And unlike in King’s fantasy, they did not meet in a bathroom.) The boy and the man simply had a discussion.

3. Even if they did have sexual relations, the boy was not fifteen. He was 16 — the age of consent in Massachussets.

Another way of putting it: Everything that Fox, Hannity, and King claimed in their “report” was a lie. As usual.

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