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Hannity And Guests Rally Around Dog "The Bounty Hunter" Chapman

Reported by Ellen - November 4, 2007 -

Nothing brings out the protectiveness in Sean Hannity more than a white guy in trouble for racism. He and FOX News spent more than half of Friday night's (11/2/07) Hannity & Colmes doing their best to rehabilitate the image of Duane "Dog" Chapman, a/k/a Dog the Bounty Hunter, after he was caught on tape in a racist rant. Hannity claimed Chapman's use of the n-word was "equivalent to him cursing." The FOX News experts helpfully painted Chapman as a concerned father with a potty mouth. With video.

Before the discussion, Hannity played the complete, now-infamous phone call between Chapman and his son. In the call, Chapman called his son's black girlfriend the n-word while demanding that he break up with her because she might record Chapman using the n-word and ruin his career. As the partial transcript on Wikipedia says:

I don't care if she's a Mexican, a whore or whatever. It's not because she's black, it's because we use the word n***** sometimes here. I'm not gonna take a chance ever in life of losing everything I've worked for for 30 years because some fucking n***** heard us say n***** and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine.

For Hannity, former pal of white supremacist Hal Turner, the fact that Chapman was worried about being set up by the girlfriend put "a lot of texture and a lot of context" to the situation. Hannity said he had spoken to Chapman that day and promised that Chapman would be on the show next week (Hannity implied that Chapman would be speaking to Hannity, alone) to reveal more of the “untold” story.

Meanwhile, Hannity loyally reported without even a hint of questioning or skepticism: “And he wanted to emphasize one thing to me. Number one, he admits he's wrong. He uses horrible language on a regular basis and that he's changing that now in his life… And he emphasized again, this was NEVER and is never about race… He doesn't have any racist tendencies at all in his life and he wanted that message to get out.”

Hannity later asserted on Chapman’s behalf, “He's on the street. He uses salty language. He admits it. And this is part of that language, and he wanted everybody to know. It is equivalent to him cursing, not an insult to people based on race.”

The obnoxious (and omnipresent on Hannity & Colmes) legal expert Kimberly Guilfoyle didn't challenge Hannity on that. Listening to the context of it and going through the evidence, she said, "I think this is really about him, obviously, losing his temper, feeling very upset with his son, that he feels like this is a boy that he's raised, that he's taken great care of, that he has supported financially, emotionally and otherwise and feels like his son doesn't get it. Look, you're putting everything on the line."

Actually, it's Guilfoyle who doesn't get it. The guy just raved that he didn't want his son's "n-word" girlfriend around because the family uses the "n-word." Is there any sane person who doesn’t find that troubling?

Not Guilfoyle. The former prosecutor took Dog (and Hannity) at his word and pronounced him absolved. "In that frustration, he said something that was terrible, that was horrible,” she continued sympathetically. “And then he came right out and said, 'I'm sorry about this. I learned from this and I want to do better and not use this kind of language any more."

FOX News psychologist Dr. Robi Ludwig said she could not tell whether Chapman was really a racist or he just had "negative feelings" about his son's girlfriend.

The other guest was Brook Hart, Chapman’s attorney.

The only doubt cast on Chapman’s story came from Alan Colmes. He asked "Where does this language come from, if you don't normally talk this way?" Colmes said that he gets very angry sometimes but has never used that kind of language.

Neither have I. Nor have I heard anyone I know do so.

In part two of the discussion (video below), Colmes asked what kind of parent would tell a 23 year-old not to date someone. Ludwig dismissed his concern by saying, "I think when you're a parent and you love a child and you want them to make good choices, it doesn't matter what the age." Earth to Ludwig: There’s a big difference between wanting your grown child to make good choices and forbidding them to date someone (and particularly because they won’t appreciate your using the n-word).

Guilfoyle said, “We know the father is a good man who said a bad thing… He’s a pretty good guy in my book.”