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Hannity Tells The Truth!

Reported by Ellen - November 15, 2005

It's pretty pathetic that it should be newsworthy that the co-host of a national news show was truthful, but considering all the liberties Sean Hannity takes with the facts and considering that I have been criticising him for it, it's only fair to note that Hannity stuck with the truth during a double-segment about the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. A virtual clap on the back to Hannity for resisting the urge to use the occasion to bash the Democrats and Ruth Bader Ginsburg by fabricating her record and the circumstances of her nomination, as he has done so many times in the past. One can only imagine the temptation he must have felt!

In fact, the whole discussion was civilized and interesting thanks to panelists Laura Ingraham and David Boies. I'm no fan of Ingraham and you can't say that Boies is as liberal as Ingraham is conservative. For example, Boies said there are strong arguments on both side of Roe v. Wade, that the president should have wide latitude to choose his nominees and that Alito should perhaps be confirmed even if he's against Roe v. Wade. There was no true progressive voice to raise the concern, shared by many, that Alito is an extremist. But, unlike the childishly theatrical Ann Coulter who is the usual legal pundit, at least Ingraham has something of substance to say and she can say it with a minimum of vitriol.

Maybe the guests' integrity rubbed off on Sean Hannity or maybe our posts had an effect but the only thing he said about Ginsburg was that the Senate allowed her to avoid discussing issues likely to come before the court, so why should we expect that of Alito?

Any discussion about the Supreme Court brings on an almost Pavlovian response from Hannity to bring up Ruth Bader Ginsburg's confirmation. Ordinarily, that leads to an attack on Democrats for not acceding to the president's nominee the way Hannity (falsely) claims Republicans acceded to Clinton's. Somewhere in his diatribe, Hannity will be sure to (falsely) claim that Ginsburg is in favor of legalizing prostitution and polygamy and lowering the age of consent to 12.

So, congratulations, Sean! That wasn't too hard, was it?

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