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FOX News Double Standard On Congressional Ethics: Rep. William Jefferson vs. Rep. Jerry Lewis, Tom DeLay And Oh Yeah, Jack Abramoff

Reported by Ellen - March 3, 2007 -

Sean Hannity was full of bullyboy sanctimony March 2, 2007 over Nancy Pelosi’s pending appointment of Congressman William Jefferson to the Homeland Security Committee. Though Hannity is always quick to condemn a “rush to judgment” when it’s a white guy in trouble, he came close to declaring the African American Jefferson guilty before being accused of any crime, much less convicted. Alan Colmes pointed out the double standard applied to Democrats, given that Republican Jerry Lewis, also under federal investigation, is the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. Republican guest Peter King couldn’t tap dance fast enough to explain away the difference. With video.

You may recall that Jefferson is the New Orleans congressman in whose freezer the FBI found $90,000 in cash during a sting operation. However, Jefferson was re-elected last November and, according to the Times-Picayune, Pelosi agreed to his request to put him on the committee because it has jurisdiction over Katrina recovery issues that are critical to his district. The day before, the Times-Picayune noted, Jefferson had been invited by President Bush on Air Force One for a trip to New Orleans and Mississippi.

I’m not going to defend the appointment. But I will say it’s awfully curious how Hannity & Colmes has ignored almost all the Republican scandals: Bob Ney, Tom Noe, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, and Jack Abramoff, to name a few. I can’t think of a single discussion on Hannity & Colmes about any of them. Even the Scooter Libby trial has gone largely uncovered on “real journalism” FOX News’ prime time debate show. Meanwhile, Tom DeLay who HAS been indicted (for, essentially, money laundering) got a standing ovation and a pundit’s chair on FOX News.

I’m also not going to defend the lily-livered Democrats who refused to appear on the show to defend the appointment. Hannity announced at the beginning of the discussion that the show had contacted Nancy Pelosi, all the Democrats on the Homeland Security Committee and 50 other Democratic congressional representatives. None of them had the cojones to appear on the show. I hope they thank Alan Colmes for doing their work for them so well.

Hannity's vanity couldn't take the competition, it seems. He interrupted Colmes 30 seconds before his portion of the interview should have ended by saying, "We gotta go." But not until Hannity took about another 30 seconds to get in another dig at Jefferson.