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FOX News “Discusses” McCain Lobbyist Ties By Hyping and Rehashing William Ayers “Connection” To Obama

Reported by Ellen - May 20, 2008 -

As the Washington Post reported, a fifth top aide to John McCain has resigned due to ties to lobbyists. So how did Hannity & Colmes discuss it last night (5/19/08)? By framing the issue as a partisan attack by Barack Obama and then focusing on McCain's counter-attack about Obama's “connection” to former 60's radical William Ayers. With video

Sean Hannity introduced the discussion by saying, “Senator Barack Obama took shots at Senator McCain over the weekend claiming Senator McCain has had big problems with some of his top advisors for being former lobbyists. McCain spokesman fired back at this attack by saying, 'Just a few years ago when Barack Obama was beginning his career in politics he was launching it at the home of William Ayers, an unrepentant domestic terrorist who his chief strategist said Senator Obama was certainly friendly with.'”

The unbalanced panel consisted of two former NYPD detectives with the same anti-Obama, pro-McCain outlook.

Former detective Joe Coffey acknowledged that Ayers had never been charged with a crime. But that was an irrelevancy to Coffey. He was not only willing to extra-judicially charge Ayers but convict him as well. “(Ayers) was guilty. He's a domestic terrorist. Make no mistake about that,” Coffey said.

Self-styled “Great American” Hannity had no problem circumventing our system of justice.

On FOXNews.com, the video of the segment is described as follows: More victims of Obama friend Bill Ayers' Weather Underground attacks break their silence.

It was a deliberate attempt to paint Obama as some kind of radical soulmate to Ayers and coincidentally distract from questions about McCain. Alan Colmes did raise those questions but he got considerably less time than Hannity did in the segment and Colmes was outnumbered three to one (Hannity kept butting in on Colmes' time). Still, Colmes managed to get out amidst the shouting that unlike the former McCain aides, Ayers has never had any role in Obama's campaign.

In fact, Obama's “friendship” with Ayers is tenuous at best. As Politico reported, “There’s no evidence their relationship is more than the casual friendship of two men who occupy overlapping Chicago political circles and who served together on the board of a Chicago foundation.” Furthermore, Ayers’ radical activities occurred about 40 years ago, when Obama was a child. Ayers is now a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Hannity asked sanctimoniously, “How is it the American people don't hear this friendship, this association... and run from this guy, Obama?”

Coffey said, “To asssociate with these people when you're running for president of the United States is an outrage.”

How about the associations of a national radio host? Hannity has yet to explain his far more substantial association with Neo-Nazi/white supremacist Hal Turner. As author Max Blumenthal wrote in The Nation,

For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner's occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants. Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News's Hannity and Colmes. Today, Turner lurks on the fringes of the far right, spouting hate-laced tirades on his webcast radio show. Hannity, meanwhile, remains mum about his former alliance with the neo-Nazi, homing in instead on the supposed racism of black and Latino Democrats.

Here's an example of the kind of hate Turner spouts, found today on his website.

You can write Hannity and ask him about his relationship with Turner (trust me, it gets under Hannity's skin when you do it) at hannity@foxnews.com.