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Colmes Takes On Wayne Simmons

Reported by Deborah - October 10, 2005

Wayne Simmons is a Fox News favorite terrorism expert. Simmons is an ex CIA tough guy type who supports both torture and racial profiling and Alan Colmes has confronted him numerous times on Hannity & Colmes . This time it was quite different because Simmons was on Colmes turf without back up support from Hannity and Simmons came out looking mighty foolish. 10/8/05

Colmes brought up the recent news that there was a spy in the White House and of course Simmons mentioned that he started there with Al Gore adding that standards were loose in the Clinton White House telling Colmes,
"Clinton made it so easy."

Colmes was very annoyed and brought up Rove and the expected indictments. Simmons defended Rove and blurted out the recent right wing myth that David Corn is the leaker and then went after Joe Wilson. Colmes was all over Simmons, " Joe Wilson had the balls to call them on the Niger yellowcake story.." ( never heard Colmes say "balls" on H&C) Then Colmes suggested that they call David Corn about being the leaker and he was really ready to do it. Simmons was forced to back down and the know it all persona that he parades on Fox News was seriously damaged.

The battle continued until Simmons shouted, "You hate that Bush is right!" and Colmes replied, "I hate that he's so wrong!"

What was so interesting about this exchange had nothing to do with the content of the debate. In this environment , Simmons had no power at all. Once he was forced to confront the truth and rational answers were demanded, he fell apart. After watching Colmes suffer through so many Wayne Simmons appearances on H&C, it was great to see him expose the hypocrisy of the right wing propaganda machine and their rhetoric of hate and violence.


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