If you thought the McCarthy era witch hunts were over, you are sadly mistaken. Welcome back to 1950!
After TV host Glenn Beck’s attack on Van Jones resulted in Jones resigning from the Obama administration, it seems to be open season and now Fox News -- the “fair and balanced” news channel with a political agenda -- kicked its game up a notch this week in its attempts to discredit and destroy more of President Barack Obama’s advisers.
This time the victim is openly gay Kevin Jennings, an assistant deputy secretary at the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Instead of Glenn Dreck this time, however, it’s his colleague Sean Hannity, who’s looking to carve himself a name in history as an obstructionist and garner some extra viewers in his internal ratings war.
The strategy is a simple one: Send your minions out and find something, anything, that’s connected to your target, either directly or indirectly, twist it, turn it and then discredit and ruin them. Sort of a game of “the Six Degree’s of Kevin Bacon” but with a Joe McCarthy-type twist.
Hannity's first attempt at destroying Jennings was accusing him of not reporting a “statutory rape” while he was a teacher in Massachusetts after a 16-year-old boy came to him seeking advice in the fact that he was dating someone older. The problem is that Hannity keeps saying that the boy was 15 years old, which is a lie. The boy was 16 years old and -- in Massachusetts -- that is the legal age of consent. But Hannity keeps saying 15 even though the person in question has come forward and confirmed that he was indeed 16 and even produced his driver’s license to confirm his age. To top it off, school records show that Jennings wasn’t even teaching at the school when the boy was 15 years old.
When that didn’t work, Hannity’s next line of attack on Jennings involved Karl Rove and Peter LaBarbera, the president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), a group dedicated to exposing the "homosexual activist agenda."
And a diggin' and a spinnin' they went.
It turns out that in 1997, Jennings made remarks praising gay rights activist Harry Hay at the GLSEN Mid-Atlantic Conference. "One of the people that's always inspired me is Harry Hay," Jennings said.
For those of you who don’t know, Hay co-founded the Mattachine Society, the first enduring LGBT rights organization in the United States and, following the 1969 Stonewall riots, became involved in a local Gay Liberation Front chapter. Hay was one of the founding fathers of the Gay Rights Movement and a hero to the gay community.
But Harry Hays was radical to his death and the older he got, the more radical he became.
In 1994, seven years before his death at age 82, Hays refused to march with the official parade commemorating the Stonewall riots in New York because it refused the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) a place in the event. Instead, he joined a competing march, dubbed The Spirit of Stonewall, which included NAMBLA as well as many of the original Gay Liberation Front members.
From Hay’s point of view, silencing any part of the movement because it was disliked or hated by mainstream culture was both a moral failing and a seriously mistaken political strategy for the gay community. In Harry’s eyes, such a stance failed to grapple seriously with the reality that there would always be some aspect of the gay movement to which mainstream culture would object. By pretending the movement could be made presentable by eliminating a specific "objectionable" group — drag queens and leather people were the objects of similar purges in the 1970s and 1980s — gay leaders not only pandered to the idea of respectability but betrayed their own community.
Suddenly in death, Harry Hays became a longtime card carrying member of NAMBLA -- which is a huge lie -- and Jennings was guilty by association because he once mentioned Hays' accomplishments in the Gay Rights Movement were. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that NAMBLA in itself is not a heinous group. What I am stating is that the lengths that Fox News is trying to go to make a connection, and destroy a man's career and the Obama administration is just insane, and cannot go undisputed and unchallenged.
If this is allowed, then I suppose actor James Franco should kiss his movie career goodbye because he is playing writer/poet Allan Ginsburg in an upcoming movie and Ginsburg joined NAMBLA in defense of free speech.
To make my point, I did my own background check and spent a few minutes with Google just to see what I could find out on Hannity, Rove, and LaBarbera’s connections that they themselves should attack. And what I found is not only surprising but makes a much stronger case against each of them then the one they present on Jennings.
Karl Rove's grandfather was Karl Heinz Roverer, the Gauleiter of Oldenburg. Roverer was Reich-Statthalter -- Nazi state party chairman -- for his region. Also, he was a partner and senior engineer in the Roverer Sud-Deutche Ingenieurburo A. G. engineering firm, which built the Birkenau death camp, at which tens of thousands of Jews, Gypsies, dissidents and other were slaughtered en masse.
Further, President George W. Bush's grandfather helped finance the Nazi Party and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian father volunteered for the infamous Nazi S.A. and became a ranking officer.
LaBarbera is associated with another homophobe, American Family Association (AFA) honcho Tony Perkins. Not only is the AFA a recognized hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, but Perkins has spoken twice to the Louisiana Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization that describes its mission as, "We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called 'affirmative action' and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."
Then we have Hannity himself, who it seems has a connection to American terrorism. A few months ago, an old buddy of Hannity and a well-known neo-Nazi named Hal Turner was federally indicted for conspiring to assassinate Obama and three federal judges.
Over the years, Hannity has tried to distance himself from this avid racist. But it has been proven that Hannity and Turner maintained a cordial on-air relationship. According to Turner, the relationship was much closer off the air. Turner brags about being invited down to the studios by Hannity, and Hannity hasn't denied the claims. In fact, in his book Hannity described that he was eventually fired by the ABC affiliate because his left-wing management had a problem with "one caller on the show."
Hmmmm... Nazis, racists and domestic terrorists. Oh, my.
So, judge for yourself. Actually, you might not want to because it might turn out to be you who's the next one judged.