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One Week-Night After He Falsified His Own News Report, Hypocritical Hannity On His High Horse Over Doctored Reuters Photo

Reported by Ellen - August 8, 2006 -

Friday night, Sean Hannity seriously distorted a news report about anti-Israel protests in Baghdad. But that didn’t stop him from climbing up on his high horse Monday night (8/7/06) on Hannity & Colmes to denounce Reuters over two doctored photographs produced by a Lebanese freelance photographer. Reuters has withdrawn all 920 photos from that freelancer, severed its relationship with him and changed its filing procedures. To date, there has been no retraction from FOX News nor Hannity (at least not on Hannity & Colmes, where he made the false statement) for misrepresenting the number of protesters and omitting the fact that it was an anti-American protest as well

On Friday night, Hannity reported, “In Iraq, hundreds of protesters burned Israeli flags while others chanted ‘Death to Israel.’” But Hannity conveniently omitted mentioning that there were hundreds of thousands, not hundreds, of protesters and that they burned American flags, shouted “Death to America,” burned effigies of President Bush, and likened him to Saddam Hussein, as was reported by an article on FOXNews.com.

But despite his own recent slanting of the news (which was hardly an isolated incident), Hannity declared about Reuters, “We’ve got a problem here because I believe and others believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg, here.” With his phony-baloney Hanctimony, he said, “The idea is to make it look worse than it really is, rather than tell the truth of what’s happening in a story.”

“Real or Reuters” appeared on the screen for most of the segment.

The guest was Tim Graham, of the conservative Media Research Center. Without a trace of irony, Graham said, “If the deceit in this wasn’t so serious, it would just be sort of comical that they’re trying to get away with this sort of thing.”

Alan Colmes noted that the photographer was let go by Reuters and that his photos had been removed from their archives. “Didn’t Reuters give the proper response here?”

Graham snidely said, ““Look, if I hit you with my car and totaled your car, and I said ‘Well, you can’t question my driving ability now because I’m excellent at apologizing,’ the average person doesn’t buy that.” Comment: Unless it’s Mel Gibson doing the apologizing in which case anyone who doesn’t accept the apology will be portrayed as having a biased, double-standard on H&C.

“I gotta tell you something,” Hannity said to Graham. “Thank God for the new media. Thank God for the bloggers… that have the ability to get this information out.”

You’re welcome!

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