Sean Hannity Attacks Howard Dean For Helping New Orleans’ Ninth Ward
Reported by Ellen - June 4, 2006
Alan Colmes did a pre-recorded interview with Howard Dean that was relegated to the next-to-last segment on Friday night’s Hannity & Colmes (6/2/06). Dean was doing clean-up work in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward with 350 members of the DNC. Community service for black people? You could almost see Sean Hannity shudder at the thought. His bullyboy features were set with disdain and he cut Colmes off as he tried to talk about the devastation he had seen.
During the interview, Dean explained that he and the DNC had decided to focus on community service in NO ever since they had chosen to hold their convention there in December. Colmes caught up to Dean while he was “wheelbarrowing” at a site where DNC people were helping to gut a house. As they spoke, the camera panned to massive piles of debris and rubble almost everywhere. Colmes noted that the ruin and destruction was far more shocking in person. (Comment: I have heard this from several different people.)
Colmes added that “all these months later” there is still no electricity, still no traffic lights. “So what do we do?”
“If we were in charge, we’d have the National Guard in here, with an enormous amount of federal support. We’d have a FEMA that actually works for people and we’d be restoring all this. Look, it’s not rocket science to do this. You need organization, you need resources, but mostly what you need are organization. You know, you cannot blame the local and the state for this. This is so big. This is the equivalent of the San Francisco fire a hundred years ago. When something like this happens, the buck stops with the federal government. We simply need a federal government that’s competent and qualified so this kind of stuff doesn’t happen again. We can’t stop hurricanes, Alan, but we can sure clean up after them better than this.”
Colmes brought up how much of our resources are tied up in Iraq. Dean refused to comment, calling that “just a political line. I’m not going to stoop to that. This is a tragedy.”
Live in the studio again, Hannity refused to allow Colmes to talk about what he had seen in New Orleans. Hannity tapped his pen against his hand and said in his bullyboy voice: “Photo op. Couple hours pushing a wheelbarrow, politicizing a tragedy. That’s it… When has he ever been back?” This, from the man whose "concern" about the Katrina victims consisted of blaming the Mayor for his "chocolate city" remark and relying too much on FEMA and asking Shepard Smith to put the suffering "in perspective" while he was reporting on it.
Colmes tried to argue. “That’s not at all what happened… These pictures don’t do justice to how horrible it is in the Ninth Ward and you can see that nothing’s been done.”
Hannity turned away from Colmes and cut him off. “Photo op,” the bullyboy voice said..
During the final portion of the show, Colmes brought it up again. “By the way, it was not a photo op. You know what would have made a photo op for Howard Dean? If he had said ‘Mission Accomplished.’ Then, he would have had a photo op.”
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