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Why Does Sean Hannity Have To Resort To Distorting The Truth?

Reported by Ellen - July 26, 2005

Last night, I wrote about Hannity repeatedly distorting the truth about the process of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's nomination and promised to keep track of every time he reiterates it. I was happy to see he did not bring it up again tonight. Instead, he brought up another favorite distortion, Senator Dick Durbin "comparing our own troops to Nazis."

It's hard to believe that Hannity, a national news host, wouldn't know what Durbin actually said and what he actually meant. As stated succinctly by William O'Rourke in The Chicago Sun-Times on June 26, 2005, "(Comparing our troops to Nazis) isn't what Durbin said or did: He was quoting an FBI agent's account of Gitmo abuses and said that that description by itself could be confused with other historic instances of inhumane treatment of captives by outlaw regimes."

Why does Hannity have to distorth the truth? If right is on his side, as he seems so certain, then shouldn't the truth be enough to convince people? Is Hannity afraid his arguments are not good enough without beefing up the facts? Or is he just the kind of person intent on winning at any cost?

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