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Media Mattress Stuck on Sweet 16

Do the folks at Media Mattress — sorry, Media Matters — really believe in giving a pass to adult-child sex?

Let’s walk through this v-e-r-y slowly for Eric Boehlert over at Media Mattress, where sleeping with the state run media is the achievable aspiration today and everyday.

Here’s the link to Boehlert’s story in which I, yes, moi, am called “monumentally dumb.” Why might this be Mr. Boehlert’s view? Well, because I did not note that the now famous “Brewster” in the Kevin Jennings situation (or “witch hunt” in Mattress parlance) was really 16, not 15. According to no less than “Brewster” himself, who has now stepped forward to say so. And, which, under Massachusetts law, makes the formerly young Brewster not that young at all for consensual sex but rather legal, barely. So to speak.

In his indignation, Boehlert does the usual bodacious liberal dance. As if, had he been defending O.J. way back when wifely murder was accused, Boehlert would have suggested to the jury that Mr. Simpson was really innocent because his murdered wife had cancer and was surely going to die anyway. So what’s the big deal?

In other words, Boehlert the Bodacious, the issue here is not Brewster’s actual age at the time. The issue is what Mr. Jennings thought his age was — and thinking that thought, how did he respond? More to the point, is he carrying around these thoughts today and trying in some fashion to make them the official policy of the U.S. Department of Education?

As all now agree, Mr. Jennings himself has been revealed on tape — a tape played on Sean Hannity’s show — saying this (relevant remarks highlighted):

 And I said, “Brewster, what are you doing in there asleep?” And he said, “Well, I’m tired.” And I said, “Well we all are tired and we all got to school today.” And he said, “Well I was out late last night.” And I said, “What were you doing out late on a school night.” And he said, “Well, I was in Boston…” Boston was about 45 minutes from Concord. So I said, “What were you doing in Boston on a school night Brewster?” He got very quiet, and he finally looked at me and said, “Well, I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.” High school sophomore, 15 years old. That was the only way he knew how to meet gay people. I was a closeted gay teacher, 24 years old, didn’t know what to say. Knew I should say something quickly so I finally said, “My best friend had just died of AIDS the week before.” I looked at Brewster and said, “You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.” He said to me something I will never forget, He said. “Why should I, my life isn’t worth saving anyway.” 

Boehlert responds to this by saying: “As anybody who’s been following the Kevin Jennings Witch Hunt knows, the boy in question was at least 16 years old, the legal age of consent in Massachusetts where the incident occurred. This has been known for days. The Spectator, however, just doesn’t like that fact, so it opts for its own version of the truth.”

In other words, the “O.J.’s-wife-was-going-to-die-anyway” defense. The boy was really 16, not 15, so no problem.

Well, hello? “Brewster” could have been 35 for all we care. The point to all not blinded from too much time being rolled in the Media Mattress is that the issue was what Mr. Jennings thought the boy’s age was. And quite clearly, as Jennings himself says on the tape, he believed “Brewster” to be 15 — to quote exactly “High school sophomore, 15 years old.” Which is to say underage for consensual sex by virtue of the laws of the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Overwhelmed by the boy’s gayness instead of his childishness (would he have made the same suggestion to a 15-year-old heterosexual girl?) Jennings dished the condom advice.

Then, hilariously, Boehlert wants to know why I focused on the silence of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to the Jennings issue. I say hilarious because Boehlert knows as well as the rest of us, but just hopes none of us will notice. Unlike GOP leaders Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner — and for that matter President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other Democrats — Representative Pelosi is the Member of Congress who demanded the ousting of GOP Congressman Mark Foley and castigated him for texting underage male House pages for sex. Foley, she cried, not to mention the GOP House leadership of the day, had failed to “protect the children.” She labeled Foley’s behavior “abhorrent.” All the while during this episode she kept under wraps that she had marched in a parade celebrating Harry Hay — quite famous for advocating exactly the same behavior that was apparently desired by Congressman Foley. Sex with underage boys.

In sum, as pointed out before, Mr. Jennings has felt the need to say he would have handled things differently with Brewster, whom he did in fact believe to be 15, not 16.

So the question for Mr. Boehlert is simple: Was Mr. Jennings right in giving the advice he gave to a boy he believed to be 15? Yes? No? Maybe?

Will Mr. Boehlert roll over in the Media Mattress and answer? Will the Mattress speak on the advisability of sex between adults and children? Should this in fact be the policy of the Department of Education?

Stay tuned.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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