Sean Hannity Once Again Baselessly Alleges A Connection Between Obama and Farrakhan
Reported by Ellen - April 22, 2008 -
White supremacist pal Sean Hannity, always ready to jump to the aide of a white person accused of racism, is also just as eager to accuse a black person of the same thing, especially if it's a black Democrat. On last night's (4/21/08), Hannity & Colmes, Hannity hyped a phony connection between Barack Obama and Louis Farrakhan, even though Hannity knew, from his prior FOX News shows, that Obama had expressly repudiated Farrakhan's philosophy. With video.
As I previously posted, Obama was quoted during a special weeknight edition of Hannity’s America last week as saying that he had attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March in order to better understand the movement, that he had gone as an observer, rather than a participant. Obama was also quoted as saying, “What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society. But what was lacking among march organizers was a positive agenda, a coherent agenda for change. Without this agenda a lot of this energy is going to dissipate. Exhortations are not enough, nor are the notions that we can create a black economy within America that is… sealed from the rest of the economy and seriously tackle the major issues confronting us.”
Despite that crystal-clear rejection of Farrakhan’s message, Hannity immediately implied that Obama was some kind of bigoted soulmate of Farrakhan’s anyway.
On other occasions, Hannity has lessened the degrees of separation between Obama and Farrakhan by falsely claiming that Obama's pastor gave Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award when, in fact, it was the pastor's daughters. Furthermore, Hannity has repeatedly ignored Obama's other public denunciations of Farrakhan in order to claim there is a link between them.
On last night’s Hannity & Colmes, Hannity told Democratic pollster Doug Schoen, “I gotta tell you something. This is frightening to me. That if you have Bill Ayers, the San Francisco statement that Barack Obama made, Michelle Obama's statement, Reverend Wright, connections to Louis Farrakhan, going to the Million Man March, I'm thinking, why is Sean Hannity doing a better job - and I mean this sincerely - in exposing some weaknesses I think for Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton's campaign?”
Sadly, Schoen did not dispute the false allegation against Obama. Instead, Schoen gave them credence by saying, “Here's the issue. Democratic primary voters and super delegates are sensitive to the kind of issues you're raising. I think they're legitimate. Most Democratic primary voters think they're legitimate. But a lot of Democratic elites have questions.”
It’s dismaying, to say the least, that Schoen or any other Democratic Clinton-supporter would think that playing footsie with FOX News Republicans is any way to help thier candidate. It’s not as though Hannity or anyone else on the network is going to pull their punches against Clinton in return. As a matter of fact, just a few moments later, Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway said of Clinton, “She's like that movie, Carrie, you know she just, she's buried and then the hand comes out of the grave, she's got to pull everyone down with her.”
Hannity did not object to the characterization.
While Hannity continues to hype the phony connection between Obama and Farrakhan, he has yet to mention Clinton-supporter Ed Rendell’s endorsement of him, even while Rendell was a recent guest on Hannity & Colmes. As this YouTube video shows, Rendell didn’t just not repudiate Farrakhan, Rendell thanked Farrakhan for “all you stand for, for all the good it does to so many people in Philadelphia.” Rendell went on to praise Farrakhan’s family values.