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What's Good For Scooter Libby Is Not Necessary For The Democrats

Reported by Ellen - October 30, 2005

Friday night's Hannity & Colmes was almost entirely devoted to the indictments against Scooter Libby. But at the very end of the program, Sean Hannity talked about another "government official having a bad day." Was he referring to the charges brought against Thomas Noe, a prominent Republican fund-raiser for President George W. Bush in Ohio, accused of illegally funneling money to Bush's re-election campaign? Nope, I haven't heard a mention of that on Hannity & Colmes. Was Hannity referring to David H. Safavian, the Bush Administration's top procurement offical, arrested last month for lying and obstructing a criminal investigation? Nope, I haven't heard any discussion about that, either. Nor was there any mention of the latest developments in former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's conspiracy and money laundering case (new subpoenas sent to several DeLay associates) nor the S.E.C. and Justice Department investigations into Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's suspicious stock sales.

No, the other news story for the night was former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry's guilty plea on two misdemeanors for not filing 2000 income taxes.

Hannity seemed to have forgotten that he had spent most of the last hour agreeing with the Republican line that Scooter Libby deserved the benefit of the doubt and that his "memory lapse" was probably not really a crime. Despite the fact that the charges against Libby could bring him up to 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines and Barry will likely receive probation, it was clear that in Hannity's mind, Libby's role in the outing of a CIA agent was really no big deal while Barry deserved nothing but scorn and contempt.

Hannity, who seems to think that any discredited Democrat makes all Republicans look good, could barely hide his glee as he announced that 20 years ago, Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine with a hooker in a hotel room while he was mayor. "Well, today he found himself back in the very same courthouse he was convicted in years ago... It seems Mr. Barry did not file income tax returns from the years 1999 to 2004 and although he told the court he didn't know how much he made during those years, documents seem to support the government's position that he earned 534 THOUSAND DOLLARS (him emphasis)." At the end, Hannity said snidely, "I assume that he will be saying that the IRS set him up."

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