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Friday, August 13, 2010
CNS Attacks Official For Being Gay
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com ventures into the gay-baiting arena with an Aug. 12 article by Jane McGrath asserting that "Conservative groups are expressing concern that David Hansell, an openly homosexual man and former AIDS activist, is currently serving as the acting head – the assistant secretary – of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)."

The crux of McGrath's article are unsubstantiated allegations by the right-wing Fanily Research Council that Hansell "conducted a series of meetings aimed at forcing Florida to lift its ban on same-sex adoption" and "is lobbying to cut HHS financial assistance for all Florida adoptions if the state doesn't change its policy."  McGrath quoted theFRC's Peter Sprigg as saying that "We have heard from private sources" about theallegations and "Sprigg told CNSNews.com that he is not at liberty to divulge the identities of the private sources who informed him of the alleged meetings."

McGrath made no apparent effort to verify Sprigg's claims; she wrote that Hansell "would not grant an interview to CNSNews.com" but answered an unrelated question via email.

McGrath also allows anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera to smear Hansell by comparing him to "Kevin Jennings, a former homosexual activist whom President Obama appointed as assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education," adding:

Jennings came under public scrutiny last year for how he handled a situation as a teacher in a private boarding school when a 15-year-old boy informed him about a sexual relationship with an older man. Jennings, who has written and spoken of the incident, claims he told the boy “I hope you knew to use a condom,” but did not report the information to authorities.

In fact, the student in question was 16, and there wasn't a sexual relationship.

(McGrath's article is currently not showing up at CNS; here it is in Google cache.)


Posted by Terry K. at 1:34 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 1:37 PM EDT

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