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Hannity & Colmes Overlooks Latest Imus Racial Controversy But Manufactures One For Obama

Reported by Ellen - June 24, 2008 -

Don Imus has done it again. He has made a racially charged remark about another black athlete. The story was important enough that it was treated as breaking news (though it happened much earlier in the day) on “On The Record,” the FOX News show that immediately follows Hannity & Colmes. But there was no discussion about it at all on last night’s (6/23/08) H&C which was almost entirely devoted to attacking Barack Obama. One of those segments included a far-fetched accusation that Obama had played the race card because he made a pre-emptive strike against those who will almost certainly use the race card against him. With video. UPDATED 6/24/08

Obama’s comments under consideration were: “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’”

White supremacist sympathizer Sean Hannity barely contained his excitement as he said, “Wait ‘til you see this!” in a teaser about the Obama segment. He continued by reading, “Many people (are) asking, ‘So who may really be playing the race card?’”

Hannity professes to care deeply about race. But he showed absolutely no interest in any of the ways that race has been used against Obama to date. Maybe that’s because Hannity has done just that, himself. Hannity has repeatedly suggested that Obama is some kind of black separatist and even more often has sought to tie him to Louis Farrakhan with questionable evidence and despite Obama’s public repudiations of him.

Alan Colmes and Democratic strategist Michael Brown did an excellent job of highlighting some of the attacks Obama has already suffered and pointing out the wisdom of his strategy. Their job was made easier by the incoherent and inconsistent punditry of Armstrong Williams, a Republican who said he might vote for Obama even though they disagree about everything and Williams insisted he will not vote based upon race. Williams also went on to accuse Obama of being conniving and swiftboating John McCain with those comments.

UPDATE: The Imus controversy was discussed on the show 6/24/08.