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After Viciously Attacking A Guest For Saying Economy Is In Trouble, Hannity Now Touting The Same Line

Reported by Ellen - December 28, 2008 -

Sean Hannity's bullyboy meltdown last fall over economist Robert Kuttner's suggestion that the economy is in trouble was memorable both for its boorishness and for its cluelessness. As Hannity accused Kuttner of using "DNC talking points" for political gain, he also insisted the economy was doing very well, thank you, under President Bush. Yet in less than a week, Hannity was agreeing that the economy as "a mess" and, a bit later, that we are "flat on our back." So has Hannity apologized for his appallingly off-base bombast? Of course not.

During the segment with Kuttner, Hannity became so agitated, he denounced Kuttner as "spewing garbage" and taunted him to walk off the set. With his customary grandstanding, Hannity declaimed, “Unemployment in this country has been lower than the last four decades. Economic growth in the last quarter was 3.3%. Interest rates, inflation have been lower in the Bush years than they’ve been in the last three decades and YOU are trying to convince the people of America that something is (unintelligible).”

But one week later, during an interview with Sarah Palin, Hannity nodded in agreement as she said, "Certainly... the economy is a mess."

A month later, Hannity agreed with T. Boone Pickens' similarly pessimistic assessment:

PICKENS: I wouldn't — listen, I wouldn't touch raising taxes at this point, because here we are flat on our back.

HANNITY: I agree.

PICKENS: I think it's going to get worse.

HANNITY: How much worse?

PICKENS: I don't know. It's — you know, you're not talking to an expert on this. You're just talking to an old man with a gut feeling.

HANNITY: I think — I think you've done pretty good with that gut feeling. Good to see you. T. Boone, thank you very much.

By early December, Hannity was nonchalantly referencing the "banking crisis" and, of course, blaming Democrats and Democratic policies.

There have been many more discussions in which Hannity has acknowledged an economic crisis.

But I have yet to see him apologize for or retract his outlandish, unwarranted and wrongful statements to Kuttner.