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Hannity Pummeled On His Hypocrisy Over Ted Nugent

Reported by Ellen - August 24, 2007 -

I’ve got to think that after Bob Beckel and Alan Colmes got through with Sean Hannity tonight (8/24/07), even blind Republican viewers saw through his hypocrisy as he tried to defend rocker Ted Nugent’s vile comments about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama by likening them to Democratic criticisms of Bush administration war policy. With video.

Beckel was outstanding as he demanded that Hannity answer “yes or no” whether he would denounce Nugent for calling Obama “a piece of shit” who should “suck on my machine gun” and Clinton, a “worthless bitch” who should "ride into the sunset” on his machine gun. But, hilariously, Hannity insisted that his comparison to Obama's comments about the war in Afghanistan was apt.

Colmes wasn’t shabby either. He pointed out Hannity’s outrage over the Dixie Chicks’ much milder comments about Bush, then played a clip of Nugent calling for the arrest of a left-wing blogger who had joked about shooting him. Even the Republican guest, Karen Hanretty, called Nugent “a lunatic.”

Hannity, on the other hand, stuck to his guns (pun intended) and provided many moments of unintentional humor. My personal favorite: his over-done, ostentatious laughter from the other side of the desk as Colmes played Nugent’s Obama “joke.”

Our video of this segment was removed from YouTube but you can watch some of the video of Hannity defending Nugent at Media Matters.

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