By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Tamara Holder, a Fox News contributor accused of having an affair with Jesse Jackson, Sr., doesn’t think Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal is a big deal. She said, “Public service has nothing to do with bedroom service. 98.4367% of men cheat. I do know a few good men who don’t. Leave Weiner alone.”
Holder, a Fox News contributor who frequently appears on the Sean Hannity show, has not commented on the allegations against her and Jackson.
The charges surfaced in a discrimination case against Jackson filed by former Jackson employee Tommy Bennett. Described as “lurid” by Courthouse News Service, the lawsuit alleges that, “It was well known that Ms. Holder was a mistress of Rev. Jackson,” adding that the Jackson family was informed of this because of a letter from another Jackson mistress.
Bennett says he was instructed by Jackson to escort Holder to Jackson’s hotel room at the Hilton at Chicago O’Hare airport for their alleged affairs.
The charges have not been aired by Fox News, which employs Holder as a paid commentator and featured her comments during the George Zimmerman trial.
As Accuracy in Media recently reported, a new book notes a strong personal relationship between “brother” Roger Ailes, the Fox News chief, and Jesse Jackson, who gave the keynote address in 2012 during a ceremony for a Fox News project known as the Ailes Apprentice Program, which promotes “diversity” in journalism. The program sends non-white students to cover groups such as the Unity conference of minorities and homosexuals in the media.
It was the relationship between the two men, according to the new book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, which led to Ailes hiring Jackson’s daughter, Santita, as a Fox news commentator.
Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition says it “unequivocally denies Tommy Bennett’s false claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination,” and insists that the “inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Rev. Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community.”
But Jesse Jackson has also covered up other serious sexual allegations.
In 2001, he finally confessed that in 1998, when he was counseling Bill Clinton about his adulterous affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, he had been carrying on an extramarital affair of his own with an employee of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Washington, D.C. That relationship produced a child out of wedlock.
The mother later accused Jackson of being a deadbeat dad and failing to pay child support.
Rush Limbaugh has covered the controversial case involving Jackson and his alleged mistress Tamara Holder, but Fox News has not done so.
“So much racism out there, where does he find the time to bed these babes?” Limbaugh joked. “Of course we’re assuming there’s a bed involved…”
Bennett attorney Thomas V. Leverso informs Accuracy in Media that there has been a new development in the lawsuit that alleges the illegal use of a gay Jackson employee to facilitate the Jackson-Holder relationship.
“Today [Tuesday] was the fact-finding conference in the Illinois Department of Human Rights,” he told Accuracy in Media. “Although no determinations of fact were made as of this evening, Rainbow PUSH withheld two fact witnesses from the conference: Reverend Jackson and Marjorie McKinner-Price, director of human resources for Operation Push. In other words, Rev. Jackson did not show and has not offered any contra-evidence to any part of the salve-on-the-inner-thigh incident or any of the other sexual harassment allegations of Mr. Bennett.”
This is a reference to the fact that, in addition to the alleged relationship with Holder, Jackson is accused of demanding sexual favors from Bennett, such as being told to apply a cream on Jackson’s inner thigh to treat a rash. Bennett says he refused, Jackson became angry, and called Bennett a “little mother —.”
Back in March, Bennett released a statement welcoming the decision by the Illinois Department of Human Rights to proceed with a proper investigation into the complaint, and that he was placing his Cook County lawsuit on the same matter on hold.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights says it “administers the Illinois Human Rights Act. The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations and real estate transactions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), national origin, ancestry, military status, age (40 and over), order of protection status, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes gender-related identity), unfavorable military discharge and physical and mental disability.”
The next step, Leverso told AIM, is that the Illinois Department of Human Rights either finds substantial evidence, or does not at this point. If it does so find, then the case proceeds to the Commission. If it does not, then Bennett would request a legal review by the Commission before proceeding.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.