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Arianna Huffington v Melanie Morgan & Hannity

Reported by Deborah - August 26, 2005

Hannity On The Radio

Melanie Morgan was on Hannity's radio show 8/25/05 to promote the campaign against Cindy Sheehan You Dont Speak For Us Cindy backed by the organization, Move America Forward, which obviously mimics MoveOn.org. Morgan is taking her "caravan" down to Crawford this weekend to set up shop across from Camp Casey. Arianna Huffington supporting Cindy Sheehan had the pleasure of debating both Morgan and Hannity since talk radio doesn't even pretend to be fair and balanced.

From the start, Hannity used the story of the Walter Reed vigils and Sheehan quotes as weapons against Huffington. Using his well worn badgering technique he asked ,"Do You think that's appropriate," and then "Answer me!" and then "You don't have the intellectual integrity to answer."

Huffington stayed on message beautifully and managed to get Cindy Sheehan's message across without losing an ounce of dignity. However, Hannity and Morgan never intended to have a rational debate. In fact, Hannity was using Huffington's presence to frantically smear Sheehan.

Melanie Morgan who normally won't stop talking was rather quiet letting Hannity be the bully. Huffington couldn't seem to remember Morgan's name and kept calling her Michelle which must have infuriated her.

At the close of the "debate" Morgan told Huffington that if she cared about America, she would join their caravan because they are "pro war and pro military". That statement just summed it all up for me.

Cindy Sheehan made a brief appearance on the Today Show and Matt Lauer asked her if she was ready for the showdown this weekend in Crawford. Sheehan was lowkey telling Lauer about their peaceful plans for the weekend. In her own way Sheehan let it be known that she wasn't going to initiate anything.

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