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World War II Vet: "Hannity Reminds Me Of A Nazi"

Reported by Ellen - July 15, 2005

An older gentleman with whom I am acquainted in the way people often know each other in small towns, stopped me at the gym tonight because he wanted to talk about Hannity & Colmes. He must have noticed how engrossed I have been in the show lately and I'm sure I'm the only member of the gym, if not the only person in the world, to pull out a notepad and take notes about Sean and Alan while in the middle of a workout. Happily for me, most of my friends know why I do such a thing. But Mr. G., as I'll call him, did not. As I walked past him, Mr. G. called out to me and told me that Sean Hannity reminded him of a Nazi.

There's been a lot of political Nazi name-calling in the news lately but Mr. G. was not being partisan. He's a veteran of World War II, he told me tonight, and he has spent a good deal of time studying the war, listening to old broadcasts and talking to other veterans from different countries, including Germany. "This guy is just like the Nazis," Mr. G. said, nodding toward Hannity on the TV screen. "He spits out poison."

By the way, Mr. G. is no loony leftie elitist. He's a retired athletics coach, the kind of rural, red state guy that Hannity likes to pass himself off as but isn't. I explained to Mr. G. that I watch the show in order to write about it (I don't think he would have known what a blog is). I noted a certain kind of relief pass over his face as I explained that I was no fan of Hannity and his hate-spewing. "I like to watch this show," Mr. G. told me, "because it's important to know what these people are doing." With a bit of fatherly approval, he added, "You have to keep an eye on them."

Darn right.

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