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Sean Hannity On American Racism

Reported by Priscilla - July 17, 2008 -

Before I tell you about Hannity’s “theory” on bigotry in the US, I do need to note that the perfunctory Fox pimping of oil drilling was taken care of very early in last night’s (July 16th) Hannity&Colmes. Former almost republican presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich discussed how oil prices have come down since Bush announced the end of the ban on off shore drilling; and as such, we should “drill here and drill now.” That was followed by the perfunctory Fox free campaign ad for McCain, as articulated by Gingrich. Later in the show, Al Sharpton joined Michael Steele for a discussion on the state of race relations in the United States vis-à-vis the candidacies of Barack Obama and John McCain. This allowed Sean Hannity to opine on his theory about where the country was in terms of race. His conclusion was – ah – interesting?

The segment began with a video of John McCain, being complimentary about Obama, at the NAACP conference. Both Sharpton and Steele agreed that McCain’s appearance showed his respect for the African American community. When the discussion turned to Obama, Hannity wanted to know if his high poll numbers and McCain’s low poll numbers, with black voters, was because of race. Both Sharpton and Steele agreed that while black pride factored into the numbers, his popularity was based on a combination of race and policy issues. Hannity then displayed polling results on the question of whether America is ready for a black president. 70% of whites and 65% of blacks said that they felt that this was true. Using this polling result, Hannity launched into his belief that “America has corrected wrongs and injustices and is ready for a black president. If Barack Obama wins, would that prove my point that I have made often, on this show, that 90% of Americans are not racist. 90% of Americans have no antipathy and judge people by the content of their character. Would his (Obama’s) victory or the fact that he did very well, would that prove my point?” Steele responded that “we still have a long way to go.” Sharpton added that an Obama victory would still not deal with institutional racism and criminal justice issues. He noted that the election of blacks still doesn’t mean that bias has ended. Hannity, still obsessing about his sociological theory said “Don’t you think that would prove my point? Racism exists, no doubt about it. But it is not the majority and there is white on black racism and black on white racism; but most Americans judge people on their character.” Steele responded that he had a “funny feeling” about the poll numbers and referenced the “Bradley effect.” He added that just because a person doesn’t support Obama, doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is a racist. Sharpton nodded in agreement when Steele said that the election of one black man will not solve the problem of racism.

Comment: So, using Hannity’s theory, does this mean that all those programs (too numerous to reference but all reviewed by News Hounds Ellen) during which Hannity promoted a racist message, were aimed at only 10% of the population?? Are Americans, especially Fox viewer, as enlightened as Hannity thinks they are? I report, you decide.