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Hannity And Huckabee Falsely Accuse Obama Of Not Making It Clear He Loves America

Reported by Ellen - August 8, 2008 -

FOX News put down the “Obama’s a black radical” and “Obama’s a non-Christian” attacks in favor of one of their old chestnuts: Barack Obama hates America. It’s laughable on the face of it. Why on earth would someone run for president if they didn’t love this country? But as employees of “fair and balanced” FOX News, Sean Hannity and Mike Huckabee ought to have known that their accusations that Obama has not verbalized his love for his country were false. With video.

The segment in question was on last night’s (8/7/08) Hannity & Colmes in which Obama allegedly frightened a young questioner with a faltering explanation as to why he’s running for president. The explanation included an assessment that the country has gone off track. It’s a sentiment that the majority of Americans share. But that didn’t stop Sean “Great American” Hannity and Republican Mike Huckabee from subliminally accusing Obama of hating America.

Huckabee called the interchange a “very, very serious tactical error” on Obama’s part. Huckabee and Hannity agreed that it showed that Obama can’t speak without a script. My own opinion is that it shows Obama as thoughtful, rather than glib. Regardless, nobody beats George W. Bush for faltering speech. But somehow I don’t ever recall seeing anything about that on FOX News.

Huckabee went on to say that Obama gave the impression that “America is not that great a country right now...Obama needs to tell us what’s great about America.”

Hannity, of course jumped at the opportunity to add, “Obama does have friends that hate America (this, coming one night after Hannity’s friend, Jesse Lee Peterson told an approving Hannity that ”Most blacks, not all but most in Tennessee... are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on... They always use racism in order to intimidate white America.")

“He’s got to clarify that what he loves about America is the fact that he has broken a lot of barriers to be the nominee,” Huckabee chimed in. “I think America’s been pretty darned good to Barack Obama and he ought to acknowledge that.”

“But he doesn’t say it and that’s the point,” Hannity said. “I never hear the inspiring – where is the inspiring rhetoric about how great this country is? I never hear him talk about that.”

Maybe Hannity and Huckabee weren’t listening on June 30, 2008 when Obama gave a speech called, “The America We Love.” In it, he talked about his reverence for the Declaration of Independence and added, “As I got older, that gut instinct – that America is the greatest country on earth – would survive my growing awareness of our nation's imperfections.” I know for sure Hannity would have been listening when Obama gave his speech on race last March. Then Obama talked about his American story. “I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible,” he said. More recently, in Berlin, Obama spoke about being "a proud citizen of the United States."

Were Hannity and Huckabee ignorant or deliberately smearing? I report. You decide. But either way, it reflects badly on the integrity of FOX News.