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Hannity Seeks Approval From Rove For Memogate

Reported by Deborah - February 10, 2005

Hannity's Exclusive Interview with Karl Rove was simply another opportunity for Fox to elevate the Republican Party and discredit the Democrats.As Rove was pontificating about the political shift that turned the tide for Bush, Hannity was compelled to get a pat on the head for his part in Memogate. Rove, not anxious to connect himself with that political manouver, didn't give Hannity the praise he was seeking.

Here is an excerpt from the interview transcript

I think one of the big media issues in the campaign was 50 days out of an election, CBS (search) comes out with this report - they ignore the exculpatory evidence in the President’s favor because they wanted to go forward with this, this is becoming a big deal now. I argue that if it weren’t for Col. Killian’s wife and son and Ben Barnes’ daughter bravely coming out and telling a different side of the story publicly, because they thought this report was so biased. This — that story, 50 days out of an election could have had a major impact on the outcome.

ROVE: Right.

HANNITY: How does — you agree with that, right?

ROVE: I think — I'm not sure how big an impact. It would have had an impact. But you're right; what happens, though, when a story like that comes out is — is that people who know things that differ from the story, who have credibility, like the Killian family and like Ben Barnes' daughter and like others, step forward to say something about it.

In this case, we also had this unusual example which I think is a testimony to our changing media, of the bloggers immediately jumping on this and, you know, just sort of, like the application of a lot of very talented minds, some of whom got it wrong and many of whom got it right, raised interesting questions about it that helped...

On September 10, 2004, Hannity had Killian's son and Ben Barnes daughter on the same show. Ben Barnes daughter Amy had been convinced earlier that day to do an interview on Hannity's radio show where she attempted to discredit her Father and his intentions. Amy was feeling conflicting emotions about agreeing to the interview and was very upset about her Father's negative reactions. Her testimony was weak because it was obvious that she was motivated by some father/daughter psychological dynamic which Hannity exploited. Below is a section of the News Hounds post from that show.

September 10, 2004Memogate
Hannity&Colmes opened the hour with two interviews aimed at discrediting the memos released on 60 minutes and Hannity tried to change the focus of the story, by charging CBS with media bias. 9/10/04 9PM ET

Gary Killian, the son of the officer who's name appears on the memos, claimed that one of the signatures on the memos could have been his Father's but nevertheless, all four memos were false because "that was not how my Father felt."
When asked who was behind these memos by Hannity, Killian was non committal saying," We know these memos did not come from within our group."

Colmes asked Killian if he had talked often with his Father about Bush's record. He replied" Not on many occassions. Once over dinner in San Antonio."

Killian told Hannity that although he had told this to 60 minutes, the information was not included in their piece. Hannity jumped on this.
"Amazing development. Has Dan Rather called you since then?"
Hannity tried to get Killian to accuse 60 Minutes but he was objective saying that he preferred to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Hannity then concluded, "It seems like they were setting up the President."

The next phone interview was with Ben Barnes daughter Amy who claimed that in 2000 when she asked her Father if he had helped George Bush, he said no.
Then in 2004, he said he did.

When Hannity asked his motives, she said,"He's a politician. The greatest politician. Bill Clinton is another excellent politician."

After Amy admitted that her Father's reaction to her interview earlier on Hannity's radio show had been bad. Hannity really leaped on this

"I sense the pressure you feel. I feel bad. You told the truth. He called you and he's mad at you. You just said that he contradicted himself. You're not saying that he lied. That's up to the public."

Then a few seconds later Hannity said, "What you said yesterday that he lied. Isn't that really what it is?"

Considering all the help Hannity gave the campaign with his Kerry as War Criminal and Flip Flopper Campaign; the endless Swift Boat Coverage and non stop Democrat bashing, the least Rove could have done was give him some credit for Memogate.Sometimes life just isn't fair.

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