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FOX News Pundit: All Obama's Associates Come From Far Left Fringe

Reported by Ellen - May 1, 2008 -

FOX News and, especially, white-rights champion Sean Hannity have spent weeks without end attacking Barack Obama for not distancing himself more from a former pastor who said, “God Damn America” and was highly critical of United States policy. Yet Hannity didn't mind a bit last night (4/30/08) when Hannity & Colmes guest Mark Steyn, a high-school dropout turned disk jockey turned pundit with a poor record of political prognostication, announced that all of Obama's associates seem to come from the far left fringe. With video.

Steyn, you may recall, doesn't just smear Democrats. He had the shockingly bad taste to have attacked Virginia Tech students as too passive in the face of the shooting spree there last year. His bad judgment was summed up well by an article in The Guardian, published in 2006:

Apart from predicting that George Bush would win the 2000 presidential election in a landslide, Steyn said at regular intervals that Osama bin Laden "will remain dead". Weeks after the invasion of Iraq he assured his readers that there would be "no widespread resentment at or resistance of the western military presence"; in December 2003 he wrote that "another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out"; and the following March he insisted that: "I don't think it's possible for anyone who looks at Iraq honestly to see it as anything other than a success story."

Nevertheless, neither Hannity nor the other conservative guest, John Kasich, questioned Steyn's outlandish statement about Obama, a presidential candidate who has devoted his life to mainstream public service, first in the state government in Illinois and then in the U.S. Senate. Steyn said, “The problem with Obama is that in his adult life, all his choices of associates seem to come from a very particular, narrow, far left fringe.”

Fortunately, Bob Beckel, the only Democratic guest on the unbalanced panel, was on the job. “That's a McCarthyesque statement,” Beckel said. “That is ridiculous to say that. Now come on. If we're going to have a serious analysts' discussion here, let's be analysts and not be...”

“Great American” Hannity admonished Beckel. “Don't interrupt people. That will help.”

Of course, it's always OK to smear a Democrat on “We like America” FOX News but any slight criticism of Republican policy means you hate America.

Throughout last night's show, Hannity repeatedly trumpeted poll numbers that had bad news for Obama. But somehow, the results of a NBC/WSJ (now a sister company to FOX News) poll released that same day never got mentioned. That poll found that voters are significantly more concerned about John McCain's ties to President Bush than they are about Obama's relationship to his pastor.