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Hannity Reiterates Fox's False Smear Against Ron Reagan

Reported by Ellen - July 7, 2009 -

Sean Hannity reiterated what I previously showed was a bogus attack on Ron Reagan by Fox Nation. The supposedly “fair and balanced” website falsely accused Reagan of saying that Rush Limbaugh committed domestic violence. In fact, Reagan never said such a thing but had been mocking Limbaugh’s comments about the White House appointing a domestic violence advisor. Last night (070609), Hannity repeated the phony charge and, just as Fox Nation did, left out the Limbaugh clip Reagan had mocked which gave his comments context. With video.

At the beginning of the “Hannity’s America,” segment, Hannity said, “The son of former President Ronald Reagan has sunk to a new low in order to call attention to his failing radio show. Now, Ron Reagan Jr. recently slammed Rush Limbaugh on Air America after Rush questioned if the White House’s new czar for domestic violence was really necessary. During this tirade, Reagan even suggested that Rush has committed domestic violence – unbelievable – listen to this.”

Hannity then proceeded to play the clip of Reagan, truncated so that listeners did not hear how he had imitated Limbaugh. "Limbaugh also has an issue with the White House's new advisor on domestic violence." Then, without telling the audience they had skipped a (crucial) part, the audio continued, "I'm guessing that the White House advisor on domestic violence will never say that beating your wife is OK. Which may be a disappointment to Rush Limbaugh. And you wonder why this guy can't stay married." Even so, Reagan never suggested Limbaugh, himself, had committed domestic violence.

In front of a graphic that read, “Gutter Politics,” Hannity said, “Hey, Ron. You have to wonder – You know what’s worse than that? Is that no one’s listening to you and, by the way, no one cares what you say. Sorry!”

No one cares? Then why has Fox trumpeted this false story at least twice in one week?

And, as I wrote in my previous post, It's OK on Fox to call for a terrorist attack to "save" the country from Democrats, condone the murder of an abortion doctor, and describe the Mafia as more patriotic than Democrats but my oh my how sensitive they become when the tiniest little shoe is on the other foot.