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On Hannity & Colmes, African-Americans Are Controversial, Coulter Is Not

Reported by Ellen - September 28, 2005

Last night, Hannity & Colmes reported for the third time on Louis Farrakhan's "shocking" allegations that the New Orleans levee collapse that flooded the city was the result of a deliberate explosion. Hardly a mainstream opinion but H&C keeps harping on this story as if it has a lot of significance and meaning. Yet, when provocateure extraordinaire Ann Coulter appeared on the same show, nobody seemed to mind her hate-filled invective. Holy double standard, Batman!

Hannity berated last night's Farrakhan surrogate. "This is what bothers me about what you're saying and what Minister Farrakhan's saying. Without any proof, evidence or substantiation, you recklessly go out there knowing that there are people that are followers of yours and followers of Minister Farrakhan that will believe your conspiracy theory and you convince them that America is racist, that their government is racist, that their government blew this up and it is unfair to race relations without any proof, sir. What you're doing is reckless and it is harmful to race relations. Why don't you wait until you have your proof before you go out with such reckless stuff?"

Colmes ended the segment by saying, "We're waiting for hard proof."

Then why keep reporting this story? It can only be for the purpose of denigrating a segment of the black community. Meanwhile, the show persists in ignoring the perspective of mainstream African-Americans, 66% of whom believe the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina would have been faster if most of the storm’s victims had been white. In the only H&C segment that I have seen on the topic, Hannity never stopped interrupting the guest.

It was a whole different story when Ann Coulter joined the guys. Nobody mentioned the need for hard proof nor a worry about reckless harm her allegations may have caused. As a bestselling author, she must have a number of followers, too. Some highlights of her past statements:

"I'm not blaming the Democrats for 9-11 alone. I'm blaming them also for the [USS] Cole bombing, for the embassy bombings, for 20 years of attacks that have not been stopped. " [8/16/04]

"[T]he [Democratic Party] platform is violating the Ten Commandments one by one." [2/28/05]

"The only way a Supreme Court nominee could win the approval of NARAL and Planned Parenthood would be to actually perform an abortion during his confirmation hearing, live, on camera, and preferably a partial-birth one." [7/21/05]

The extent of the scrutiny was Colmes asking, "Oh, please, now Ann. (She turned to giggle at the camera.) Do you come prepared with these lines just to tick people off? ...See, I don't believe you mean everything you say."

Coulter: Oh, no. It's true.

End of discussion.

But later, we got an "update on Charlie Rangel's controversial comments on George Bush." Rangel had been on H&C the night before to discuss his recent comparison of President Bush to Bull Connor, an Alabama police commissioner who came to symbolize racism in the 1960's. Rangel told Colmes Monday night that he made the comparison to get attention, (i.e. hinting he didn't mean it, the same as Colmes thought about Coulter). Hannity said, "Now, Republicans were very quick to condemn the comparison, and asked Democrats to do the same. Well, we have the results."

With obvious distaste, he read a list of comments by African-American Democrats supporting Rangel. For example, Major Owens, D-NY, said, "Bull Connor didn't even pretend that he cared about African-Americans. You have to give it to George Bush for being even more diabolical."

Comment: While FOX News parent, News Corporation poses as a champion of minority viewers by attacking Nielsen's ratings system, it ignores or condones racial bias on its own news network.

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