Daily Archives: September 10, 2010

Sean Hannity: A Faux News Calamity

Sean Hannity has lost a lot of clout over at Faux News during the last year or so. Glenn “Crying Eyes” Beck has vaulted to the top of the propaganda network’s pecking order by means of his publicly televised long-running nervous breakdown. Hey, they may be gruesome, but nobody can look away from a train wreck, right? Let’s take a little gander:

Bill “Felafel Thing” O’Reilly has also jumped ahead of Hannity by means of his new approach. O’Reilly is now the only Fox News toady that will actually ask a tough question or challenge Sarah Palin’s ridiculously ignorant assertions. Here is an example:

So where does this leave former Fox golden boy, Sean Hannity? The brainless idiot schtick belongs to Beck. The “go against the Fox News grain” schtick now belongs to O’Reilly. Consequently, Hannity is left with the unenviable role of attempting to appear serious and interested while providing a platform for recently publicly embarrassed conservatives to rehabilitate their damaged images without having to face a tough question.

One recent example of this occurred last week when his guest was Arizona Governor Jan “Beheadings” Brewer. She had just been publicly humiliated during a televised debate during which not only did she refuse to admit that there were no beheadings in her state, but when challenged on the topic, she declared that she would not participate in any future debates. In short, Brewer announced that she was taking her ball and going home. She then suddenly appeared on Hannity’s show a few days later where he failed to mention the debate at all and instead, introduced Brewer as, “the woman who refuses to back down.” Wait a second, didn’t she just back down from previously scheduled debates? Hannity then allowed Brewer to assert without challenge that “the Federal Government is against Arizona and they’re going against everybody because they just don’t want to do their jobs”. Every other credible news source reported on Brewer’s debate performance and her stance on the mythical beheadings, yet Hannity never touched those subjects.

Sean Hannity does share at least one trait with all other Fox News hosts. He can be counted on to do very little research and then to misquote, misconstrue and take all sorts of President Obama’s words out of context. Case in point:  Newshounds reports that on Wednesday night’s show, Hannity said, “Now the president did have a rare moment of honesty during his speech and I hope voters around the country are watching this.” He played a clip of Obama saying, “Taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year. For everybody.” Hannity then sneered, “I know the anointed one will make sure that that happens.”

Of course the quote was taken entirely out of context. Hannity did not tell his viewers that Obama was talking about how Republicans scheduled that tax increase and how he wants to avoid it for the middle class. Here is the excerpt from that portion of Obama’s speech in its entirety:

I’ll give you one final example of the differences between us and the Republicans, and that’s on the issue of tax cuts. Under the tax plan passed by the last administration, taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year — for everybody. By the way, this was by design. When they passed these tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, they didn’t want everybody to know what it would do to our deficit, so they pretended like they were going to end, even though now they say they don’t. Now, I believe we ought to make the tax cuts for the middle class permanent. (Applause.) For the middle class, permanent. These families are the ones who saw their wages and incomes flat-line over the last decade -– you deserve a break.

This is just another example of why those people that seek their news from Sean Hannity and all the other Fox News hosts are so dreadfully uninformed. In the realm of news coverage, Sean Hannity is a disastrous calamity.

On a personal front. Sean Hannity is also an uneducated lying chicken-hawk. You might remember that the NYU dropout (that’s correct, Hannity has no college degree ala Limbaugh and Beck) insisted that “water-boarding” was not torture and that he could withstand the ordeal. Indeed, Hannity offered to undergo the procedure for charity. However, when MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann agreed to donate $ 1,000.00 for every second that Hannity could endure the process, Sean put his tail between his legs, ran away and buried his very large head in the sand. He was too chicken to accept the challenge and in so doing, he also cost a worthy charity some much needed money. You are a girlie-man, Sean Hannity.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Saturday In The Park song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5bhBSb92LY


(sung to the Chicago song “Saturday In The Park”)

Hannity in the dark
You’d think that he would open his eyes
Hannity in the dark
It’s rhetoric that the reich wing buys
Keeps us barfing, keeps us laughing
The man is a lame-brain
G.O.P. talking points
Ixnay on the truthiness
Do you dig it? (no, we don’t)
And he’s been at it such a long time
Sean Hannity

Hannity in the dark
You’d think that he would open his eyes
Hannity in the dark
It’s rhetoric that the reich wing buys
His tough talking, while he’s smiling
Scared of waterboarding
Chicken-hawk with gall
Olbermann exposed the fool
Can you dig it? (yes, we can)
And Alan Colmes was such a nice guy

Slow thinking dropout without a college degree
A bought man just can shill for the G.O.P.
Fox News execs know they’re his boss
Know they’re his boss (oh, yeah, yeah)

In a daze, in the dark
Every day’s a day full of lies
In a haze, off the mark
He’s just like Limbaugh in disguise
Embellishing and misleading
An abomination
Like the Berlin Wall
An idiot, pitching a fit
Can you dig it? (no, we can’t)
And he’s been at it such a long time