Home Store In Memoriam Deborah Newsletter Forum Topics Blogfeed Blogroll Facebook MySpace Contact Us About

Hannity & Colmes Guest Blames Bush Unpopularity On Hollywood Celebrities

Reported by Ellen - September 13, 2006 -

Apparently still honoring the solemnity of the 9/11 anniversary, Sean Hannity and FOX News held its fire (somewhat) against Democrats last night on Hannity & Colmes (9/12/06). Instead, they went after their second-favorite target, Hollywood liberals. While conservatives like Ann Coulter can smear and insult Democrats to her heart’s content, any remark against Bush by an entertainer is worthy of an entire segment. Last night, there were two guests criticizing remarks by Sean Penn and Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines calling the president dumb. One of the guests insisted that the reason their remarks are important is, “It’s become second nature to say ‘Oh Bush is stupid’ because so many celebrities say it.” With video.

The remarks deemed worthy of that discussion were, according to Sean Hannity, Penn’s statement that Bush is “Beelzebub and a dumb one” and Maines’ “blast” calling Bush a “dumb f***.” In case viewers weren’t whipped up enough by those quotes, “Hollywood Unhinged” appeared on the screen for most of the segment.

In fact, that was the second discussion about the entertainment industry. A prior segment was about a new movie, “Death of a President,” depicting the fictional assassination of George W. Bush. That segment featured one guest, a UCLA professor who defended the movie. Perhaps that’s why the FOX News producers felt they had to have two guests attacking Hollywood in this one.

During the earlier discussion about “Death of a President,” Alan Colmes said, “The people who condemn this don’t condemn Ann Coulter when she says, ‘They shot the wrong Lincoln,’ about Lincoln Chafee, and ‘The only question about Clinton is to whether impeach or assassinate,’ which is hurtful speech but yet protected free speech. I’d like to see the same level of condemnation from those who are condemning this movie.” I wish he had brought up some of Coulter’s more outrageous statements during the Penn/Maines discussion, particularly when guest Pat Lalama complained “These (Hollywood) people don’t have intellectual arguments.”

Instead Colmes asked, “Who cares what Sean Penn says? Who cares what the Dixie Chicks say?”

Lalama said she didn’t care, “But what troubles me is that it’s part of this larger culture.” She claimed that the “celebrity culture” makes fun of “everybody in the Midwest – literally” and “make fun of people of faith.” Scrunching her face like she was sucking on a lemon, she added “I mean WHO are they?” Lalama later added, “Speaking out is not the issue. It’s what is this hate?”

That would have been the perfect moment for Colmes to bring up some of Coulter’s blanket, hate-filled statements such as “(Democrats) consider it unfair to talk about national security… What part of the war on terrorism do they support?”

Turning to the other guest, Jill Dobson, of Star magazine (owned by the same company as the National Enquirer), Colmes said he disagrees “that people actually look at these artists and change their views because of something some stupid Hollywood celebrity says.”

Dobson replied, “I think that they do. I think people look up to celebrities. They hear what they’re saying and it’s become second nature to say ‘Oh Bush is stupid’ because so many celebrities say it. Now granted, that might be an OK, valid viewpoint to have but you don’t want to have it because a celebrity told you to feel that way.”