May 7, 2006



In Defense of Sean Hannity

Posted by Eric Jaffa
Wednesday August 31st 2005, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Right Watch, Media Watch

Sean Hannity is a conservative radio host.

I don’t often defend Hannity, but today I will.

Hannity is getting knocked at “Crooks and Liars” because on his radio show, Hannity portrayed a protest at a soldier’s funeral by anti-gay Right-wingers as representative of the anti-war Left.

“Crooks and Liars” notes:

If you listen to Sean, he mysteriously doesn’t name the protesters like he usually does.

However, Sean Hannity was reading from an article from WISH-TV — which doesn’t mention Right-winger Fred Phelps, and which says his group “sees American deaths in Iraq as a kind of punishment for social misdeeds.” The WISH-TV article doesn’t mention that the group’s main purpose is to be anti-gay, or that they see the deaths of Americans in Iraq as God’s punishment for the existence of homosexual behavior in America.

The WISH-TV article is awful, and the author didn’t sign his or her name. I blame that anonymous writer at WISH-TV for the misleading discussion by Sean Hannity.

Let’s give Sean Hannity a break this time.

By the way, I’m a supporter of “Crooks and Liars.” They don’t seem to be familiar with the WISH-TV article yet.

Update

John at Crooks and Liars wrote me that he thinks Sean Hannity knows Fred Phelps was behind the protests, based on numerous articles about Phelps’ activities, but that Hannity purposely chose to read from an article that didn’t mention Phelps so that he could omit Phelps’ name and have “an out.”
(referenced with permission)



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