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Hannity & Colmes Ignores Developments In Iraq While Attacking Cindy Sheehan For Not Supporting The Troops

Reported by Ellen - August 23, 2005

Sean Hannity introduced last night's top story on Hannity & Colmes by saying that "the anti-war left, LED (my emphasis) by Cindy Sheehan, have been blasting the president with a series of demonstrations and televisions ads... but some people are now fighting back." He showed an excerpt from an anti-Sheehan ad in which a military mother said, "I'm here to tell you that military families support our troops and their mission in spite of what people like Cindy Sheehan say." Hannity and radio talk show host Melanie Morgan spoke dramatically about "our brave heroes" and how much our troops deserve support but on the show, the troops' support never went any further than opposing Cindy Sheehan.

There were important developments in Iraq yesterday, but you'd never know it from watching Hannity & Colmes.

1. Still having difficulty reaching consensus on a draft constitution, Iraqis voted a three-day delay on the deadline. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

In Baghdad, Shiite Muslims and ethnic Kurds, who together control the National Assembly, introduced a draft constitution Monday and threatened to ram it through, regardless of Sunni objections.

Sunni leaders responded by vowing to defeat the constitution in the scheduled Oct. 15 national referendum. Such a defeat at the polls could doom efforts to unify the country after decades of Saddam Hussein's tyrannical rule and two years of violence and chaos following the U.S. invasion that ousted him.

2. Iraq is going to be an Islamic state and the U.S. is not going to object. According to the Guardian Unlimited,

According to Kurdish and Sunni negotiators, the US ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, proposed that Islam be named "a primary source" and supported a wording which would give clerics authority in civil matters such as divorce, marriage and inheritance.

If approved, critics say that the proposals would erode women's rights and other freedoms enshrined under existing laws. "We understand the Americans have sided with the Shias. It's shocking. It doesn't fit with American values," an unnamed Kurdish negotiator told Reuters. "They have spent so much blood and money here, only to back the creation of an Islamist state."

3. Meanwhile, the high death toll for the month of August continued. As the AJC reported:

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb near the city of Samarra, the military reported, bringing the American deaths in Iraq this month to at least 67.

A car bomb killed eight Iraqi police commandos in Baghdad and gunmen killed eight police and three civilians in an ambush of a bus in Taramiyah, on the capital's northern outskirts, according to news services.

But none of that was considered newsworthy on Hannity & Colmes. Nor was the speech by the maliciously-maligned president discussed. Instead, we heard all the details about what the Prime Minister of Aruba may or may not have said about what that country plans to do about finding Natalee Holloway.

I thought tears were going to well up in Morgan's eyes after Colmes told her that "61% of the American people... more and more people agree with Cindy Sheehan philosophically than agree with President Bush on this."

Morgan replied indignantly that "We know why we are there." But she never said why. Neither did Hannity, despite the fact that Bob Beckel, the other guest, raised the question during their exchange.

Morgan also said that she had just returned from a trip to Iraq and that what's being reported in the media doesn't at all reflect the situation on the ground. But she never said what that situation was.

Comment: Anyone who is truly proud of our troops ought to be willing to discuss what they are doing, what their mission is and how it's working. When was the last time you met a proud parent who stayed silent about their children's activities?

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