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On FOX News, Uppity Blacks Are More Significant Than White Criminals

Reported by Ellen - April 4, 2006

Last night, Hannity & Colmes featured a second discussion about the scuffle between Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and a Capitol policeman. But I’m still waiting for a discussion on Jack Abramoff, Tony Rudy (Tom DeLay’s former aide who just pleaded guilty as part of that scandal), Bob Ney or Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s transgressions. There hasn't been much on Traitorgate lately, either. But I have lost track of the number of discussions about Harry Belafonte's "outrageous comments."

Sean Hannity, who always urges viewers not to jump to conclusions from a video tape, had clearly jumped to conclusions without one. He started off by claiming McKinney didn’t have her pin nor her Congressional ID. “So she was stopped. In a post 9/11 world, this seems kind of reasonable to me.”

To give credit where it’s due, FOX News chose a guest with genuine sensitivity on the issue, former LAPD Detective Tim Williams who is African-American. Williams told Hannity that McKinney DID have an ID and that she showed it but Hannity ignored that. “It’s hurtful to race relations in the country, isn’t it?" Hannity asked, ignoring the fact that he's the one always finding blacks to attack on the air.

Then Hannity made a deliberate attempt to discredit McKinney by playing a tape of her talking about 9/11. “What did this administration know and when did it know it about the events of September 11? Who else knew and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York.”

Hannity asked, “Isn’t that somewhat similar… It seems that there’s a proclivity here to jump to false conclusions.”

Williams brushed that distraction aside and repeated that the real question was whether or not McKinney had been singled out or whether she had been treated like everybody else.

Alan Colmes pointed out we don’t know what happened or who hit whom first. “Some people because they don’t like her political views… want to jump to conclusions about Cynthia McKinney.”

Hannity could not keep quiet during Colmes’ turn and kept interrupting. At the end, Hannity said, “535 members and you’re supposed to know every member of congress, every member of the House and senate… Acch.” (Comment: But how many are black women?) When Williams mentioned that McKinney is a six-term representative, Hannity wrongly said, “But there’s like five years in there where she wasn’t involved in Congress. Remember? She got voted out.”

But that was two years. Remember? She got voted back in after one term out.

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