Remember Van Jones, Obama's green jobs advisor? He resigned weeks ago under a torrent of media criticism and smears--via Glenn Beck, et al--for being a "truther," or a criminal, or a socialist. We might have guessed that a homosexual was next in line for the same FoxNews/WashingtonTimes treatment.
Alvin McEwan has a nice run-down on how that attack machine is focussing on Kevin Jennings, the founder of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Netowrk, who now works in Obama's Department of Education. The first national GLSEN conference was hosted in Salt Lake City in 1996. Utahns Clayton Vetter, Utah's first openly gay public school teacher, and Kelli Peterson, founder of the East High Gay-Straight Alliance, spoke at that conference.
Jennings is accused of responding to a 15-year-old who admitted to having sex with an older man by saying, "use a condom." The smears get extra juice by claiming that a newly discovered audio tape from 2000 proves the condom accusation is true.
The wheels come off this one really fast, folks, if you read just snippets of context. According McEwan's piece, and Media Matters, the full audio sounds like this:
Some far-right folks are still going to take issue with that--context or no context--and they have that right, but that comment is not shameful. If Jennings is shamed off the Obama administration like Van Jones was, then I pray for the future of our civil service. What person would want to go through this wringer if s/he had any other possible work choices?