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Finally, A Real Discussion About Jena 6 On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - September 21, 2007 -

After two previous Hannity & Colmes discussions about the Jena 6 which FOX News framed as issues about reverse racism, there was finally a full discussion on the issues on tonight’s show. (Video coming).

Of course, they had to have a guest to “balance” Ron Daniels who argued that the demonstration in Jena, Louisiana was a milestone and “a moment” for the issue of disparate sentencing for blacks and whites.

Sean Hannity, the former pal of white supremacist Hal Turner, conveniently ignored that issue. He spent a lot of time focusing on the crime the Jena 6 committed (beating up a white schoolmate) and much less time agreeing that the noose incident that preceded the fight was offensive and should have been nipped in the bud. He spent no time wondering why it had not been. He refused to say that the kids had been overcharged. As the discussion went on, he admitted his lack of sympathy by saying he thought the penalty for the black students should be severe.

So, obviously, the question of reverse racism was still prominent in his mind. It’s usually the only race issue of interest to him.

Significantly, while the Hannity & Colmes website features the Jena 6 discussion of the night before (titled Reverse Racism? Outrage in Jena, La., but where’s outrage over Isiah Thomas and others?), there’s no video of tonight’s discussion.