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Hannity Airs Selectively Edited Clip Of Coach K

Reported by Ellen - March 20, 2009 -

Misinformer 2008 Sean Hannity took another step toward retaining his title last night (3/19/09) when he aired a clip of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski supposedly criticizing President Barack Obama for predicting NCAA results instead of focusing on the economy. But as Media Matters pointed out when they posted about other instances of the clip being aired on FOX News, Coach K was smiling as he spoke and his next sentence, which praised Obama, somehow got edited out altogether. With video.

The clip started with Hannity snidely complaining about Obama spending time on an interview with ESPN, in which he discussed the NCAA, instead of dealing with some of the “pressing questions of our time.” Funny, but I don't remember anyone on FOX ever complaining about George W. Bush, our most-vacationing president ever and he certainly had pressing issues going on. And his vacations lasted a lot longer than Obama's interview with ESPN.

Hannity went on to say that Obama's interview “caught the attention of many Americans who feel he should be focusing on more important things, especially during his workday.” Hannity cited Coach K as one of those critics.

Then came the clip of Coach K responding, evidently, to the fact that Duke is not in Obama's final four. “And as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets.” The coach was smiling as he spoke, obviously joking, though Hannity seemed to miss that.

That was the end of the clip which conveniently left off the following statement from the Coach. "Why would I care about that? I love the guy, and I think he's gonna be great.”

Still, Hannity thought he'd get in some more digs. “Now does President Obama ever work, ever? I don't see it?”

Oh, come on, Hannity. Even you can't believe that BS. Don't you recall he's working diligently to convert this country to socialism? Surrendering to our enemies? Don't you recall he's taken on too much? Sure you do. The next time you don't like one of his initiatives or appointments or pieces of legislation he backs, it will all come back in no time.