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Hannity & Colmes Groundhog Day

Reported by Ellen - April 28, 2006

It’s beginning to feel like every day is Groundhog Day on Hannity & Colmes: Duke lacrosse rape case, then Aruba. I lost track of last night’s (4/27/06) “new developments” because every night seems the same. Sean Hannity declares he wants to get to the bottom of the Duke matter but spends the rest of the discussion complaining about the prosecution and alleging that there has been a "rush to judgment."

Alan Colmes decries the rush to judgment against the accuser and points out that the Duke students, with their prior arrest records and their boozy, stripper-party, don’t sound like angels. Thrown in for good measure are a couple of usually female, mostly blonde, attorneys who argue about standards of proof and attorney conduct plus one “regular person” who just happens to be a close friend of one of the defendants (usually Reade Seligman) and can attest to what a swell guy he is.

The legal experts stick around for the Aruba segment. Suddenly, Sean Hannity’s concern about the rush to judgment disappears and he seems ready to arrest Joran Van Der Sloot for the murder of the still-missing Natalee Holloway. My eyes glaze over every time I see that video of Holloway talking from the back seat of a car and my mind blocks out whatever Colmes' position is.

Once the crime segments are done, it’s time to bash Democrats and/or Hollywood celebrities. Last night, Cynthia McKinney and Harry Belafonte got a reprieve (temporarily, I’m sure) and Ted Kennedy and Alec Baldwin were the targets. Will it be back to McKinney and Belafonte tomorrow? A rotation to Howard Dean and Jane Fonda? Or maybe it will be Hillary and the immigrants.

One thing is almost certain. The FOX News fascination with crime will not extend to the White House and a consideration of who may have leaked Valerie Plame’s name or the charges that may be filed against Karl Rove in the next few weeks.

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