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Hannity Smears Sen. Russ Feingold With Outdated Information, Then Accuses HIM Of Playing Partisan Politics

Reported by Ellen - May 21, 2009 -

Sean Hannity was so eager to attack Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) last night (5/20/09) for “blocking” a vote setting up a private commission to plan for the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth that he (Hannity) didn't bother to check whether his information was current. It turned out to be more than a day out of date. Feingold had briefly slowed the bill on Tuesday but lifted his objection that same day, one day before Hannity's broadcast. That didn't stop Hannity from accusing Feingold of playing politics. “Fair and balanced” Fox also neglected to report Feingold's explanation for his actions which he said were not politically motivated. With video.

At about one minute into the video below, Hannity said, “And it's an example of politics at its very worst as Senate Republicans are trying to pass legislation to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan. One man is standing in the way. According to Roll Call, Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold has refused to allow a vote” because, as Hannity told it, “(Feingold) wants to include a completely unrelated amendment.” Hannity complained, “Now, Senator Feingold, for once in your life, isn't it time to put partisan politics aside in order to allow a great man to be honored?”

The only problem? Feingold had already lifted his opposition to the bill, more than 24 hours before the show aired. As Roll Call (the same publication Hannity cited) reported at 4:19 PM on the previous day, Feingold said,

“By trying to offer my amendment to examine the mistreatment of German, Italian and other European Americans during World War II, I had hoped we could pass two noncontroversial and important bills."

"Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case, and with the anniversary of President Reagan’s birth approaching, it is important that we pass this bill commemorating our 40th president,” Feingold said.

So who's really playing politics here?