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Bullyboy Sean Hannity: Too Chicken To Face Opposing Views On Ahmadinejad?

Reported by Ellen - September 25, 2007 -

Sean Hannity was in a chickenhawk snit over the fact that the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, came and went at Columbia University without the world falling apart or, at the very least, going to war. Hannity has been salivating for war against Iran – with other people doing the fighting and dying, of course – for as long as I can remember blogging about him. But “tough” Hannity didn’t just avoid military service when he had the chance (and correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t he have been eligible at age 29 to fight in 1991’s Desert Storm?), he also dodged the verbal "combat" of an opposing opinion during much of last night’s (9/24/07) Hannity & Colmes discussion about the over-hyped visit. With video.

In the first discussion (video currently available on the Hannity & Colmes website with the not-so-"you decide" title Tyrant speaks), two students with opposing views were interviewed plus the Columbia-bashing Heather Nauert. That made it two against one.

But even those odds were not good enough for the FOX News conservatives in round two. In that segment, the discussion focused on Ahmadinejad’s desire to speak to 9/11 families. Alan Colmes stated that a spokesman for September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows had expressed a willingness to meet with Ahmadinejad. But the only guests were two 9/11 relatives with the same antipathy to any such meeting.

In the third segment, Hannity started by complaining that college campuses had a double standard because they don’t give equal time and respect to conservatives. Footage of a melee at Columbia with the Minutemen was shown and Ann Coulter was once again held up as a free speech victim who had a pie thrown at her just because of her conservative views. As is the usual with “real journalism, fair and balanced” FOX News, Coulter’s penchant for invective and advocating violence were never mentioned.

Whenever Hannity starts whining about anything, it’s a dead giveaway that he’s about to engage in just what he is accusing someone else of doing. Sure enough, moments after he complained that conservatives don’t get equal treatment on campuses, he and liberal-hater David Horowitz hogged most of the segment and barely allowed either Colmes or the opposing guest, author Robert Dreyfuss, a word in edgewise.

Horowitz was once again presented as author of “The Professors,” thus misleading viewers into thinking he had some kind of credentials in academia. As usual, Horowitz’ history of treason, lying and the fact that his Center for the Study of Popular Culture has been cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center for supporting efforts to make bigoted and discredited ideas respectable were also not revealed.

Hate-mongering Horowitz got in a couple of plugs for his “Islamo-fascist Awareness week” for which FOX News just happened to have a graphic ready to put up on the screen. In fact, the promo got more air time than Colmes.

“It will be on a hundred campuses,” Horowitz bragged. “Almost every speaker I have is going to have to have bodyguards because of the terrible situation on these campuses – the threats from the fascist left.”

Apparently, Hannity is scheduled to be one of the speakers. “Can you get me five?” tough-guy Hannity asked.

Hannity finally found time for Dreyfuss when the segment was nearly over. In his divisive fashion, Hannity asked, “Why would you provide a presitigous forum for such a maniacal, evil dictator and a guy that wants to wipe Israel off the map?" (Funny how Hannity never evidences any interest in Jews or Israel except when he wants to foment more hatred toward Arabs.)

What Dreyfuss lacked in airtime, he made up for in finesse. He told Hannity “If (Ahmadinejad) had been hit with a pie, would that make it equal? …There are people in the United States who are advocating a pre-emptive war against Iran, just like the pre-emptive war that we waged in Iraq. That would be catastrophic. It would have incalculable consequences. And yet here we are, debating an invitation to a university, like it’s a life or death issue."

Dreyfuss continued, “The life or death issue is how do we deal with the rising power of Iran and how do we deal with the catastrophic consequences of our war in Iraq. We destabilized the whole Middle East.”

Colmes broke in and, with his few seconds, pointed out that Phil Donahue and Hillary Clinton have also been booed off stages. “You don’t talk about that,” Colmes said to Horowitz.

The music was playing. Time up.