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Sean Hannity Complains About “Reckless Rhetoric” Of Political Discourse

Reported by Ellen - July 27, 2007 -

Sean Hannity was on his Hanctimonious high horse last night (7/26/07) over what he called the “reckless rhetoric” being used in political debate. “The bickering has turned very, very ugly, downright ugly,” he said. But Hannity didn’t raise any objection when his bullyboy buddy, Mark Levin, accused Democrats of everything but being traitors. With video.

Hannity hosted his portion of Hannity & Colmes from the second of his “Freedom Concerts” where he sat in front of a crowd that seemed to have no people of color. Nearly all the guests that night came from semi-celebs who were at the show.

Predictably, the only harsh rhetoric that bothered Hannity was that which came from Democrats. “I’ve just gotten fed up with the rhetoric from the Democratic Party,” Hannity said to Levin. “What is it about the Democratic Party that they seem to be able to feel they can get away with this continued reckless rhetoric?”

I don’t think it was an accident that the Democratic guest was FOX News contributor Harold Ford, Jr., somebody with a vested interest in keeping on good terms with Hannity, rather than a feisty, outspoken Democrat like Jane Fleming Kleeb. Not long ago, Ford remained acquiescent as Hannity accused Democrats of emboldening the enemy and undermining the troops. Last night, Ford was just as compliant.

Ford quickly distanced himself from the “reckless rhetoric” Hannity cited as an example, some comment by Rep. John Oliver (D-MA) calling Republicans “nihilists and jihadists.” Ford said, “I wouldn’t use those words, as you know… The reality is, we need both parties to be adults and to come together” Yet, he didn’t seem to have a problem when Levin accused Democrats of being enemies of the state.

“(Democrats are) very busy working day in and day out undermining our troops,” Levin said in his whiney, self-satisfied sneer. Speaking to Alan Colmes, Levin added, “Your party tries to disenfranchise the military… You want to lose the war.”

If you ask me, that’s an example of reckless rhetoric right there but nobody on the panel seemed to notice or care.

Astoundingly, Colmes seemed not to mind that outrageous accusation and agreeably debated the point by saying that one way to support the troops is to bring them home.

Predictably, Levin was more interested in puffing himself up at Democrats’ expense, than he was in actual debate. “Actually, you’re spewing the Democrat talking points,” he said with a dismissive wave of his hand. But he did go on to dispute a few of the issues raised, albeit with his customary derision. As the sea of white faces cheered (probably on cue) at one of his talking points, Levin scornfully told Colmes, “Luckily, I can’t hear you.”

Colmes did bring up some “nasty rhetoric” coming from Republicans, but he continued to ignore the outrageous comments that had just occurred. Nevertheless, he offered Ford an opening. “Why is the rhetoric only bad when it’s on the left when I hear Republicans make these horrible comments about Democrats?”

“There’s no doubt there’s an inconsistency,” Ford began well enough. But, sadly, he immediately focused on sucking up to those who had just demeaned him, rather than calling them out on it and highlighting for the viewers Levin’s ugly behavior. Ford continued, “And I respect where everybody’s emotions are. And I respect Mr. Levin. I know he has, wants to see the Republicans do well in the fall, next fall, and even see a Republican win the White House.” Then he turned back to discussing policy, apparently thinking he had just engaged in a substantive debate and oblivious that he had just successfully played his role in Hannity’s political theater.