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Colmes Cut Off On His Own Show While Attempting to Discuss Guest's Unsavory Background

Reported by Ellen - March 24, 2005

Randall Terry, founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and now consultant to Terri Schiavo's parents, was a guest on Hannity & Colmes last night. As noted by Media Matters, Terry has appeared many times on television recently but without being questioned about his rather "controversial" background. Portraying himself as "a defender of life," he and his hosts have neglected to mention his radical activities that are neither life-affirming nor within the mainstream Christian values. Last night, Colmes tried to confront Terry about some of his past, including a statement he made in a 1992 60 Minutes program in which he asked people to pray for the death of an abortion doctor. But the discussion was cut off in mid-stream by Sean Hannity.

Re-airing the tape of the TV discussion on his radio show, Colmes introduced it by saying, "I did ask (Terry) about a statement he made that he wanted to assassinate an abortion doctor and prayed for the death of Dr. Warren Hern who is an ob/gyn who performed abortions and he - apparently there is a videotape broadcast on 60 Minutes in February 1992 - a program called "The Lambs of Christ" with Randall Terry going to Boulder, Colorado to lead a demonstration at Hern's office and he made a statement about how we should pray for the death of this abortion doctor. This followed the assassination of the death of Florida Dr. David Gunn. So here's a guy who calls himself a defender of the culture of life - pro life."

From Hannity & Colmes:

Colmes: You're a pro life advocate, you're defending the culture of life... Tell me if this is accurate about you, that in 1998 the Humanist reported this, talked about you, "Terry has been a staunch advocate of assassinating medical personnel involved in abortion clinics." In 1989, you and your followers gathered in front of..."

Terry: Alan, Alan, Alan..

Colmes: Let me just finish. I'll give you a chance to respond. ...in Boulder, Colorado, physician Warren M. Hern's office and prayed for the doctor's execution. Then, following the assassination of Florida Dr. David Gunn in 1993, you broadcast the call for Hern's murder. Is that accurate or not?

Terry: Oh, please, Alan. Not only is it inaccurate, it's a boldfaced lie... You know what, it's reported that you've been selling cocaine to children, is it true?

Colmes: Clearly, this has been reported time and time again in the mainstream media about you. You have an opportunity to respond. And rather than being defiant, you can just deny it if you say it's not true.

Hannity (interrupting): Hang on a second...

What an interesting time for Colmes' time to be up! I would have thought that Hannity, who has berated Dan Rather for being over-reliant on sources with a "political agenda," would have also wanted to thoroughly review Terry's background which, as Media Matters noted, also includes being "censured by his church, the Landmark Church of Binghamton, New York, for a 'pattern of repeated and sinful relationships and conversations with both single and married women.'" But no. Just like Dr. Hammesfahr, another expert promoted by Hannity with a dubious background (reported on in earlier posts), Hannity seems more interested in having someone promote his own viewpoint rather than airing the truth.

NOTE: It has long been reported that Hannity and Colmes get an equal amount of time on the show and that someone uses a stopwatch to make sure. I tried to watch a re-run of the TV program to check if Colmes had received his full time or not with Terry. But Dish Network had the time of the re-run incorrectly. I woke up this morning to find a tape of O'Reilly instead. If anyone out there has the information, it would be greatly appreciated.

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