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FOX News Chickenhawks Distort Veteran John Kerry’s Remarks, Call Democrats “Dangerous,” And Pretend It’s On Behalf Of The Troops. Take Action!

Reported by Ellen - November 1, 2006 -

Chickenhawk Sean Hannity was a vision of phony-baloney Hanctimony last night (10/31/06) on Hannity & Colmes as he distorted John Kerry’s “stuck in Iraq” comment and then condemned him for saying what he didn’t say. Next, Hannity used that distortion to smear the rest of the Democratic Party and the majority of Americans who say they support it. Apparently, there’s nothing Hannity wouldn’t do for the sake of divisive partisanship except, of course, enlist. He was joined in that political opportunism, disguised as sensitivity to the troops, by a string of other chickenhawks: President George W. Bush (in part 2 of Hannity’s sycophantic interview), Michael Barone, pollster Frank Luntz and, of all people, Tom DeLay.

As Alan Colmes made clear, Kerry was actually making a joke about Bush, not denigrating the troops. According to Colmes, Kerry had made a string of one-liners, saying at one point that Bush had lived in Texas but now lives in a state of denial. Then, Kerry said, "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." In other words, mired in a war in Iraq. Kerry was not defaming the troops; he was not even referring to them. But Hannity ignored that fact and tried to turn his misinterpretation into Republican gain. For a bully like Hannity, that means Democratic demonization.

DeLay is currently under federal indictment for, essentially, money-laundering but on Hannity & Colmes, DeLay was portrayed as the victim of “political opportunism” and Kerry was the real criminal. DeLay insisted to Alan Colmes that Kerry said he meant to call the troops “mindless pawns in Bush’s civil war” in his press conference. But I found no such reference. Just as I was walking away in disgust that someone like Tom DeLay should be allowed to smear John Kerry on a national news network, Colmes actually confronted DeLay on his indictment and asked if that contributed to the decline of public approval of Congress. DeLay insisted he had no ethical problems. Oops, Colmes’ time ended just after one minute while Hannity got nearly three minutes to acquit Delay and convict Democrats.

DeLay's case yet has not gone to trial but legal beagle (and college drop-out) Hannity pronounced the indictment “a political witchhunt” and that the charges against DeLay “wasn’t even a crime.”

Hannity wasted no time hyping Kerry's "wrongdoing." "What are the families of those soldiers that lost their sons in Iraq and Afghanistan thinking?” Hannity asked melodramatically. “Any apology now would be politically motivated and insincere.” Maybe Kerry should just be declared an enemy combatant and sent to Gitmo.

DeLay seemed to think so. “The left has a disdain for the military,” DeLay said. “They’re dangerous... trying to undermine the will of the American people." Apparently, DeLay, too, will go to any lengths for the sake of partisan divisiveness – except enlisting.

After DeLay was Senator John McCain, an actual veteran, but he steadfastly refused to see Colmes’ point that what Kerry said was a botched joke about the war. “He did a botched joke. Some would say that Bush has a botched war that’s not going well… But to say that he was badmouthing the troops, Sir, is inaccurate… So why can’t Republicans let that pass once he has clarified that statement?”

McCain not only wouldn’t let it pass, he “upped the ante,” so to speak, by attacking Kerry on his Viet Nam record. I wonder if we can expect the Swift Boat Veterans to make a reprise on the next show.

Lastly, there was an unbalanced panel discussion of two conservatives, Michael Barone and Frank Luntz, and one Democrat, Robin Swanson. Despite being outnumbered, Swanson was a real strategist (for a change) and did a great job of bringing out the real issues. She pointed out that John Kerry is not on the ballot and, as Swanson said, “This is about the real issues that are at stake in this election and Republicans are looking for any opportunity to change the subject… Move on to issues people care about… I think President Bush is insulting our intelligence by exploiting this issue... How about an exit strategy for the war in Iraq?”

Hannity said, “No Democrats have the courage to distance themselves from this guy.”

Comment: I’m not only not distancing myself, I’m sending Senator Kerry a message of support via his webmail. The only ones who should be doing the distancing are the FOX News advertisers who support this kind of anti-American hate speech.

One sponsor I saw last night, just before DeLay’s interview, was Sandals resorts. I encourage everyone to contact them via their webmail. Here’s my email to them:

To Whom It May Concern:

I noticed a commercial for your resort during the October 31, 2006 Hannity & Colmes. During the commercial, the song “I’m in the Mood for Love” played. But are you aware that the program was nearly non-stop hate, most of it leveled at Democrats? For example, guest Tom DeLay told host Sean Hannity, “The left has a disdain for the military… They’re dangerous... trying to undermine the will of the American people." Hannity did not object to such language.

I’m not a Democrat, but I am a liberal – a liberal who goes on vacations, moreover. And I’d like to know if I’d be welcome at your resort or treated like someone who’s dangerous because of my political views. If you do want my business, I’d like to know why you would advertise on a show that would say such a hateful thing about me and millions of other upstanding citizens?

I look forward to your response.

You can also contact FOX News at comments@foxnews.com

Or Hannity at hannity@foxnews.com

Or Colmes at colmes@foxnews.com