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Hannity suggests Obama advisor supports NAMBLA

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 8, 2009 10:28 EDT
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Since Glenn Beck has been credited with the resignation of Van Jones and crusading against ACORN, Sean Hannity has felt the need to replicate Beck’s success. Hannity spent almost 9 minutes trying to connect one of President Barack Obama’s advisors to the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) Wednesday.

In his most sensational voice, Hannity opens the show: “Tonight — shocking new allegations about President Obama’s safe schools czar. Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA?”

But Hannity never offered any evidence connecting Jennings to the controversial organization.

“Tonight we have new information on that story involving Jennings and his professed admiration for a supporter of the North American Man Boy Love Association. Jennings is on record having praised Harry Hay, an outspoken supporter of NAMBLA and of sexual relationships between young boys and older men. We called Jennings’ office for comment on the issue but we got no response,” announced Hannity.

Media Matters reports that Jennings’ praise of Harry Hay had nothing to do with NAMBLA.

Jennings reportedly said he was inspired by Harry Hay, “who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America … the Mattachine Society.” Peter LaBarbera, president of a group that seeks to “expos[e] and counter the homosexual activist agenda,” published a transcript of Jennings’ 1997 remarks at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s mid-Atlantic conference that LaBarbera said was reprinted from The Lambda Report. In that speech, Jennings reportedly said, “One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America. In 1948, he tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society.” Jennings’ remarks include no mentions of NAMBLA.

This video is from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Oct. 7, 2009.



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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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