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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:

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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 09:28 AM PDT.

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