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Predictably, Hannity Obsesses About Sotomayor's Alleged Reverse Racism

Reported by Ellen - May 27, 2009 -

Anyone familiar with Sean Hannity's obsession with racism against whites (while staunchly defending bigotry against blacks) was not likely surprised to find him picking up and harping on the Sotomayor-is-a-racist theme on last night's (5/26/09) Hannity. It was a meme also picked up in Greta Van Susteren's On The Record. But Hannity included it in nearly every discussion throughout his show, including a re-airing of Ainsley Earhardt's biased “investigation” into New Haven's reverse discrimination case, that Sotomayor ruled on, which just happened to omit the civil rights perspective. The discussion in the video after the jump, with Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Lanny Davis, was just one of many times Hannity brought up Sotomayor's allegedly discriminatory remarks without noting their context. With video.

Hannity wasted no time getting to his accusation that Sotomayor was unfair to whites. Acknowledging that she did not know what effect her race and gender would have on her judging, Hannity complained to Davis that Sotomayor had said in a 2002 speech in Berkeley, “I accept there would be some, based on my gender and Latina heritage.” Like Martha MacCallum before him, Hannity did not mention that Sotomayor's speech was about the significance of race and gender in cases involving race and sex discrimination.

“Now, if somebody suggested at any way that the fact that they were male and white and that that would influence their judging, would that not be viewed as discriminatory?” Hannity asked.

Davis said no, “It's a reality that everybody judges life and perceptions through their life heritages.”

Davis went on to say that Sotomayor agreed 95% of the time with Republican colleagues when she served on three-judge panels with Republicans.

“I ask you a question and you come in with your talking points!” Hannity snapped, blithely ignoring his own hypocrisy in relying on the reverse racism talking point. “I want you to explain... When she makes the statement about gender and race and she said, 'I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of that experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male.' I want you to deal with my question. Explain why that's acceptable in your liberal world.”

Davis pointed out that he had answered Hannity's question and added, “I think it's perfectly appropriate to reflect life experiences.”

So Hannity moved on to Ed Gillespie, thus ensuring the Republican got the last word on the subject. “If that were a white male that said that, they'd be thrown out,” Hannity groused.

Not on Hannity's show they wouldn't. Not only has Hannity leapt to the defense of any number of white males who have made questionable remarks denigrating minorities but he has repeatedly welcomed far more bigoted statements about blacks from one of his favorite guests, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. Some of Peterson's remarks made either on Hannity or on Hannity & Colmes, without objection from Hannity:

“Most blacks, not all but most in Tennessee, especially in the Memphis, Tennessee area, are still living in the 50’s and 60’s. They are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on.” (Hannity & Colmes, 8/6/08) Hannity not only didn't challenge that statement, he cut off the other guest who tried to respond.

Referring to a prominent black minister in NYC who said, "Go to hell, white man" to Rudy Giuliani (the two have long since reconciled). Peterson said, "Had a white Republican said that about a black man, then they would be burning down the country… White Republican conservatives are not allowed to speak out. But because these people are black, people are black Democrats, they are allowed to get away with it." (Hannity & Colmes 1/22/08)

“I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected by, mostly by black racists and white guilty people.” (Hannity 2/3/09) That time, Hannity responded with a friendly, “You don't mean that,” while Peterson insisted that he had. Peterson has since been welcomed back on Hannity's show.