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Sean Hannity's Paranoia

Reported by Ellen - June 27, 2007 -

I realized tonight that Sean Hannity has come up with a fair number of conspiracy theories so I thought I'd start to keep track.

In the weeks before the 2006 election, Hannity blamed Republican woes on a media conspiracy to suppress votes. “The media seems somewhat complicit. I argue that there’s even a sort of an institutionalized bias to sort of suppress voting and take away initiative from people. That’s how I feel, based on the news coverage." Hannity & Colmes, October 21, 2006

Last week, he blamed Hillary Clinton for conspiring with Center for American Progress to silence talk radio. Podesta is not one of the authors of the report (see p.4). “This is what I suspected it was from earlier today. This is Senator Clinton’s best friend trying to come up with a blueprint to silence conservatives... I want to see the connection. Podesta and Hillary Clinton. This is supposed to be a tax-exempt organization. I’d like to know what influence she may have had on this. Hannity & Colmes, June 21, 2007

Hannity blamed Hillary Clinton for negative press about Obama and Edwards. “I think all the attacks against Barack Obama and John Edwards – I get the impression the Hillary camp is, you know, alternating days, going after one after the other, using the press to leak these negative stories against both of them." Hannity & Colmes, June 26, 2007

Hannity once again concluded Clinton was part of a plot to kill talk radio. After playing a clip of John Kerry talking about reinstituting the Fairness Doctrine, Hannity said to Newt Gingrich, "This seems like it’s a well-orchestrated campaign. Do you suspect as I do, the Clintons?” Hannity & Colmes, June 27, 2007

Hannity claimed that John Podesta and his liberal think tank, The Center for American Progress, were part of “a sinister, concerted effort” to have the Fairness Doctrine reinstated (despite the fact that a recent joint CAP/Free Press report stated otherwise) in “a direct assault on the First Amendment,” all in an effort to influence the 2008 election. Somehow, McCain-Feingold is involved, too.
Hannity & Colmes, June 28, 2007

“I think it’s more sinister here. And I think John Podesta, working on Hillary’s behalf when he came out with The Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio (sic), this phony report… Isn’t this really to intimidate station owners and send a message – and it even says so – that they’ll challenge the number of stations that groups can have in particular markets. It seems like an intimidation issue here.”
Hannity & Colmes, July 20, 2007

To be continued.