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Sean Hannity And Mary Matalin Team Up To Smear Coretta Scott King’s Funeral Again. Where Will They Send Their Thought Police Next? Weddings And Baby Showers?

Reported by Ellen - February 9, 2006

It takes a special kind of person to smear the funeral of a civil rights icon but Sean Hannity was at it for the second time in two nights last night (2/8/06) on Hannity & Colmes. Mary Matalin was on hand to pile on the attacks not only on the mourners but on civil rights leaders, too. All the while, these two were patting themselves on their backs for their enlightened racial insights.

As he did the night before, Hannity was not content with smearing only the Coretta Scott King funeral. He was sleazy enough to smear Paul Wellstone’s funeral again, too.

Matalin, oozing with self-annointed superiority, declared King’s funeral offensive, un-Christian, and ignorant. With obvious pride at her snappy sound bite, Matalin sneered that the funeral was “no hope, all hate.” Then, to prove that she’s really, really superior, Matalin said, “My chief response is that it’s sad.” With phony compassion, she called it “a sad day for America that we couldn’t celebrate that great family.” I don’t know what video she saw but the one I saw showed a lot of folks doing a lot of celebrating. But because they weren’t conducting their own funeral the way Matalin – an outsider – thought they should, that was grounds for condemnation. How very tolerant and sympathetic.

Hannity complained about Democrats politicizing funerals in one breath, and then did exactly that in the next. He asked Matalin if King’s funeral was another example of “the strident left.”

Neither Hannity nor Matalin had the good manners to put aside their own partisanship and show a little bit of magnanimity in honor of a woman they both claimed to esteem. Instead, they used the alleged bad manners of the mourners as a pretext for some of their own.

First, Matalin criticized the African-American community for not liking Bush more. She claimed that the mourners “completely missed the progress made in the African-American community which can be credited to President Bush.” She said that African-American homeownership is at an all time high and that the achievement gap between white and blacks closing. Then Matalin proved that she was the one out of touch when she used the dubious tactic of insulting civil rights leaders (during a discussion about Coretta King's funeral, no less) to prove how Black-friendly Republicans really are. She called the civil rights leaders at the funeral “racists” who keep their constituency “enslaved, if you will, by continuing to let them think, to force them to think that they’re victims, that the whole system is against them.” Later, when she was speaking with Alan Colmes, Matalin mocked civil rights leaders as “hustlers” “who continue to propagate this notion among the African-American community that we are a nation of racists and they are victims.”

Hannity showed his own cluelessness by repeating his usual argument for why African-Americans should support Bush. “There’s never been a president that has put more African Americans in higher positions in power than George W. Bush.” Then he claimed that it was Bobby Kennedy that authorized the wiretapping of Martin Luther King “and his friends.” In other words, African Americans should not concern themselves with Bush’s policies but ought to support him because he appoints African Americans to positions of power. Oh, and a Democrat was an enemy of Martin Luther King. I’m surprised Hannity didn’t bring up Robert Byrd’s history in the KKK as another incentive for Blacks to vote Republican.

Alan Colmes seemed more bemused than outraged at the attacks on King’s funeral. As he had the night before, he called the Bush supporters “too sensitive” and insisted that nobody criticized Bush. Comment: I disagree. I think he was dissed indirectly and that there’s no reason the congregation should be the least bit defensive about voicing their beliefs during the funeral of such a political giant. If Sean Hannity, Mary Matalin or any other outsiders don’t like it, they can just stay home.

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