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One Day After Hannity Decried Racially Divisive Politics, He Tried To Smear Obama As An Anti-White, Anti-Semitic Bigot

Reported by Ellen - January 17, 2008 -

Sean Hannity was back at the race-card playing table last night, just one night after his big spiel against racially divisive politics. Predictably, he blamed the Democrats of doing it and then used his own accusation as “cover” for doing it himself. With video.

Tonight’s excuse for race-baiting was Richard Cohen’s column in The Washington Post in which Cohen tried to make a big deal out of the fact that the daughters of Obama’s minister (one of Hannity’s black boogeymen) selected Louis Farrakhan (Hannity’s biggest black boogeyman) for an award for epitomizing greatness. As icing on Hannity’s boogeyman cake, the award is named for Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Obama’s pastor. Never mind that Obama has already said he does not agree with Rev. Wright on some issues, particularly the matter of Farrakhan. That point was made in Cohen’s column but conveniently overlooked by Hannity.

In his bullyboy voice, Hannity said to his Democratic guest, “Steve McMahaon, that’s Barack Obama’s pastor praising the anti-Semite and the racist, Louis Farrakhan. Is that an issue we should care about in this campaign?” This, less than two weeks after Hannity was complaining about other people attacking MItt Romney and Mike Huckabee over their religion.

There’s an excellent article by the wonderful writer Michael Chabon, who happens, like me, to be Jewish, called Hey, Louis Farrakhan and Richard Cohen: You Can’t Scare Me. Funny, but I can’t recall the Catholic Hannity ever spending a moment of airtime on Jewish issues (other than promoting sympathy for Israel as a reason to attack Iran) beyond his accusations of anti-Semitism toward Farrakhan.

McMahon did a decent job of defending Obama: “Listen, Sean. I’m a member of the Catholic Church and I’d hate to be held accountable for everything that appears in Catholic publications." But McMahon remained politely and respectfully defensive. He never did what, in my view, was necessary: Going on the offensive and demanding to know how a white supremacist sympathizer like Hannity has the nerve to tar Obama as a bigot just because his pastor’s daughters admire a black man Hannity doesn’t like.

Next, Hannity moved on to hypocritically attack Democrats for playing the race card in every election. Regular Hannity-watchers know that attacking others for what he is doing, himself, is a typical Hannity tactic, used as cover for his own, similar maneuvers.

Why did McMahon sit there silently and not remind Hannity about some of the Republican race cards, such as Willie Horton, John McCain’s “love child” and the “Call me” ad against Harold Ford, Jr.?

Please write to Hannity at Hannity@foxnews.com and FOX News at comments@foxnews.com and tell them that real Americans want a debate on the issues, not racial smears from a white supremacist sympathizer pretending that it’s someone else playing the race card. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to ask why there has been no discussion on Hannity & Colmes about Rudy Giuliani’s association with Monsignor Alan Placa, described by Salon.com as a “consultant at Giuliani Partners despite a 2003 Suffolk County, N.Y., grand jury report that accuses Placa of sexually abusing children, as well as helping cover up the sexual abuse of children by other priests.”