New smear launched against Kevin Jennings using old tactics of omission
crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
Conservative blogs have claimed that Department of Education official Kevin Jennings is unfit as “Safe Schools Czar” because he supposedly promoted “child porn” by allowing an education organization he founded to recommend for students in grades 7-12 books that included sexually explicit content.
. . . In a December 4 post on his Gateway Pundit blog – headlined, “Breaking: Obama's 'Safe Schools Czar' Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom” – Jim Hoft wrote that “Scott Baker from Breitbart-TV.com and Co-Host of 'The B-Cast' submitted this shocking report today on Obama's deviant Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings.” In the post, Baker wrote that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which Jennings founded and previously served as executive director, published a reading list for students in grades 7-12 that contained books which included “X-Rated” and sexually explicit content.
But like all the other attacks against Jennings, this one is full of holes.
The implication seems to be that GLSEN and Jennings are encouraging children to read explicit or x-rated material. But such, according to Media Matters, is not the case:
GLSEN states in red type: “All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability. The editorial and customer reviews listed at Amazon.com often provide information on mature content.” From the section:
Is that the best you can do? If so, then you are pitiful.