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Minutes After Denigrating African American Objections To The Confederate Flag, Sean Hannity Pretended To Be A Civil Rights Advocate

Reported by Ellen - January 20, 2008 -

On Friday night’s (1/18/08) Hannity & Colmes, there were two segments about using the Confederate flag in South Carolina. In both cases, Sean Hannity not only expressed no concern for African American objections to the flag, he denounced them during an all-white panel of conservatives, only. These were just the latest examples of Hannity’s blatant bigotry and racial insensitivity. But, a few minutes, later, with the eminent civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Hannity suddenly pretended to be an advocate of civil rights. This, moments before he planned to race bait against Barack Obama’s pastor and, by extension, Obama, himself. With video.

After having previously viciously, relentlessly and falsely attacked Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for being a black separatist (and without making any attempt at understanding Wright’s theology), Hannity was the picture of disingenuously boyish innocence as he announced at the beginning of the segment that Wright is now going after “little ol’ me.”

Actually, Hannity flattered himself to think so. All Wright said about Hannity was, “I want the Lord to use me to bring hope in spite of what Hannity or (?) say.” Obviously, Hannity was just looking for another excuse to smear Wright again. Either that, or he’s so conceited that he considers any little mention of his name worthy of several minutes of prime time discussion. Maybe it’s both.

If I recall correctly, the last time Hannity talked about Lowery, it was to smear Lowery’s eulogy at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. But on Friday, Hannity was all smiles and charm while he pretended to put aside his bigotry and oozed on the charm.

“Do you miss me?” Hannity asked. He was referring to the fact that he was formerly based in Atlanta where Lowery is. “We were friends.”

“You’d be surprised how much I miss you,” Lowery said. I suppose Hannity can be nice enough when he wants to but it’s a shame that Lowery didn't seem to see through it. Because next to Hannity, Don Imus looks like Martin Luther King.

“I always admired you a lot,” Hannity said. Sure he did, when he wasn’t smearing Lowery behind his back. Hannity went on to brag about their mutual friends in the civil rights movement who have now passed on. I can’t help but think that those “mutual friends” would be turning over in their graves if they could see Hannity now, trying to use Lowery to smear another African American.

The moment Hannity finished offering up his civil rights bona fides, he got right to bashing Wright again for having praised Louis Farrakhan. “I know that Barack Obama distanced himself from it but do you think Louis Farrakhan is a racist and anti-Semite?” Hannity asked in his "Aw, shucks" voice.

Lowery was obviously taken by surprise and said he thought he was there to talk about the election.

“Well, we’re talking about everything,” Hannity disingenuously said. It was obvious to me and anyone who knows him that denigrating Obama via his pastor and Farrakhan was Hannity’s number one goal. In fact, it was his only goal. During his entire portion of the discussion with Wright, Hannity never strayed from that end.

“Louis Farrakhan is an important figure in this country,” Lowery said. He added that he agrees with some things Farrakhan has said and disagrees with others. “But I don’t think that’s the issue we face (in) the election.”

Hannity continued with the "aw, shucks" voice that made it seem as though a thought had just come to him. “But wait a minute. But if Barack Obama’s pastor is associating with a man who refers to Judaism as a gutter religion… the white man is the skunk of the planet earth, you would admit that’s racist and anti-Semitic, Rev Lowery. You’ve never been shy about standing for truth and civil rights. That’s something you ought to be willing to condemn, no?”

Lowery answered, “I think the important truth here is that Barack Obama has stated his position. Jeremiah Wright isn’t running for president. Neither is Louis Farrakhan. Obama has made his position clear… I stand with him.”

Hannity then bragged about his Christianity as he tried again to use a pastor (Lowery) to demean another pastor and his congregant, this time under the color of civil rights. “I think God judges people’s hearts and people’s souls and He’s not looking at people’s skin color. We both agree on that. But yet, his pastor also – he has this adherence at his church to what he calls the black value system… He asks his congregation to make a commitment to the black family, adherence to the black work ethic… strengthening and supporting black institutions… I’m thinkin’ you’re a Christian, I’m a Christian, aren’t we all brothers and sisters of Christ? Why would he bring race into it and doesn’t that sound separatist to you?”

Brother Hannity conveniently forgot that he had no objection to southerners being “separatist” with the Confederate flag just a few minutes previously. "Equal rights” Hannity also forgot that he had continued to welcome the calls to his radio show from a certain Hal Turner even after Turner said were it not for the graciousness of the white man, "black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa.”

Lowery is obviously a canny guy and did not fall for Hannity’s bait. Lowery praised Wright, said that he (Lowery) had used the same kind of language and added, “So I don’t see anything wrong with (what Wright said). But beside that, he didn’t ask me for my vote and I don’t plan to vote for him so what’s the point, Sean?”

At that point, Alan Colmes broke in to take his turn. I can only imagine how sick of hearing about Obama’s pastor Colmes is. “Look, they’re trying to smear Obama by guilt by association with his preacher and then with Louis Farrakhan,” he said. “And I don’t hear people asking who the priest of Rudy Giuliani talks to. Is there any dirty laundry there? Who are the pastors of the other candidates? Let’s find out all the things they’re saying.”

Funny Colmes should mention Giuliani’s priest (and I’m sure Colmes got the joke). In Giuliani's case, it’s not a question of what the priest said but what he did. As I previously posted, Rudy Giuliani’s association with Monsignor Alan Placa, deserves at least as much scrutiny as Obama's with Wright. Placa was 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.” Yet after at least a half dozen discussions about Obama’s priest, there has been none about Giuliani and Placa.