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Hugh Hewitt Caught Lying About Barack Obama's Relationship With Bill Ayers

Reported by Ellen - October 25, 2008 -

During his appearance on last night's (10/24/08) Hannity & Colmes, conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt, who once claimed that Rush Limbaugh is one of America's most trusted journalists, tried to pull a fast one by saying that Bill Ayers is one of Barack Obama's advisors. When confronted on the falsehood by substitute co-host Kirsten Powers, Hewitt tap danced by suggesting that while Ayers may not be an advisor this year, he probably will be one in the future. With video.

At the beginning of the discussion, Hewitt deftly changed the subject away from Powers' question about Obama's tax policy in order to portray Obama as anti-Israel and anti-American. Hewitt said, “We ought to be looking at, what does Barack Obama believe about the State of Israel? Because the difference between Barack Obama and the old Democrats is the old Democrats like Truman believed that United States is the answer to the world's problems, not the world's problems. I often hear in Barack Obama's rhetoric – and especially in the rhetoric of some of his advisors like Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi...

Powers interrupted to say that Bill Ayers is not one of Obama's advisors. She is correct. Nor is Khalidi one of Obama's advisors.

Caught in his lie, Hewitt quickly pivoted to an unsubstantiated smear: “He (presumably Ayers) may not be an advisor this year. He has had a 20 year relationship with Barack Obama.”

Not quite, Mr. Hewitt. As the AP wrote: No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.

“He is NOT an advisor,” Powers reiterated and moved on to the other guest, Democrat Steve Murphy, who pointed out that Obama's real advisor on the Middle East is conservative Dennis Ross. Hewitt did not object.

Murphy also added that his recent look at the Obama polls show that voters think he, not McCain, has the steadier hand in the Middle East.