crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
It appears that Sean Hannity has stopped trying to get a "czar scalp" to keep up with the one Glenn Beck supposedly got when Van Jones resigned.
Instead, he is now playing the victim:
We've told you a lot about safe schools "czar" Kevin Jennings, including his questionable associates, statements and admiration for men closely tied to the group North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
Well, according to an Obama supporter named Joan Garry, anyone who criticizes Mr. Jennings is a homophobe. Writing in the Huffington Post she argues, "Anyone who tells you that Kevin Jennings is not qualified for his job… is a big ol' homophobe… 53 GOP members of Congress are trying to get Kevin Jennings fired based on his sexual orientation."
Not surprisingly, Miss Garry sat on the finance committee for Obama for America. She cites no evidence to suggest that criticism of Jennings by me or by anybody else was motivated by his sexual orientation.
You know why? Because there is none.
Hannity is like a man trying to defend himself from a charge of murder by showing the bloody weapon.
My friend, you aren't a victim here.
All the attacks on Jennings have not been about his so-called "questionable alliances" (although based on the shellacking Hannity got from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs last year about HIS alliance, one would think he should stay away from the issue of "questionable alliances") or Jennings' so-called "questionable statements."
It HAS been about Jennings' sexual orientation from day one.
We are talking about people (i.e. religious right groups and right-wing conservative blogs, organizations, and anti-gay hate groups) who dug through countless records, statements, videos, and audio to find something to stick on Jennings because maybe in a moment of clarity they realized that opposing him because of his orientation would make them seem homophobic.
Personally, I think homophobia did and continues to play a huge part in Hannity's attack on Jennings as the following links demonstrate:
His behavior reminds me of what the elders used to say about trying to cover up bad body odor with cologne.
You never get rid of the offending odor, they say, you just add to it.
More on Hannity's attacks on Jennings:
After Stephanopoulos interview about Jennings, Hannity accuses him of "regurgitating the entire talking points of the left"
Hannity escalates anti-gay bigotry, asks "Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA?"
Hannity "not convinced" of timeline conclusively debunking his smears of Jennings
Hannity repeats call for "Mr. Jennings to be fired" for views "out of the mainstream"
After statutory rape smear disintegrates, Hannity attacks Jennings with fabricated NAMBLA link
Hannity continued to push "statutory rape" smear even after Fox reporter questioned story's accuracy
Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters posts on Jennings:
How Fox News tried to help bring down Kevin Jennings
King's anti-Kevin Jennings letter creates backlash
Rep. King's office knew charges against Jennings were false BEFORE sending out letter
House Reps have a problem with gay appointees but not with anti-gay hate groups
Kevin Jennings receives an 'apology' for inaccurate murder claim
New lie lodged against Kevin Jennings – he 'advocates' murder
Will it be 'death of a thousand cuts' for Kevin Jennings?
Religious right continues to attack Kevin Jennings, lgbt community with proven lies
Who knew the American Family Association could moonwalk?
Join the Support Kevin Jennings Facebook group
Fox News corrects inaccurate Jennings article. Politico does the same
Smart answers to lies about Kevin Jennings – a list of talking points
More right wing lunacy on Kevin Jennings courtesy of Kevin McCullough
More attacks on GLSEN'S Kevin Jennings – Now the Family Research Council gets in the act
Fistgate' and President Obama – religious right pushes a pitiful attempt of guilt by association