October 1, 2009

Sean Hannity just came out and said it last night before his "All-American Panel": He's attacking Kevin Jennings, the Obama White House's "School Safety Czar," for ostensibly looking the other way when informed of a teenage boy's affair with an older man.

Hannity, you see, thinks he abetted "statutory rape" and displayed "bad judgment." Therefore:

Hannity: I want him fired!

As usual, Media Matters has the whole story:

Despite evidence to the contrary, Fox News -- led by Sean Hannity -- and other right-wing media have claimed that Department of Education official Kevin Jennings "cover[ed] up statutory rape" and violated Massachusetts law by not reporting to authorities a 1988 conversation in which a high school student told Jennings about his relationship with an older man. In fact, Jennings' attorney wrote in a 2004 letter that the student was 16 years old, which is -- and was at the time -- the legal age of consent in Massachusetts.

What exactly should Jennings have reported to authorities, Sean?

Hannity is just seething with jealousy, and you can tell it. Glenn Beck has two scalps already, and he wants one too, just to keep up. The behind-the-scenes rumors are that Hannity despises Beck and the feeling is mutual -- and that, moreover, Beck is gunning for Hannity's prime evening slot.

Too bad for Hannity he's shooting blanks again with this takedown try. Here's wishing you even worse luck next time, Sean.

Greg Sargent at the PlumLine has more, as does Steve Benen.

Can you help us out?

For 18 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.