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Coulter Says Rahm Emanuel’s Brother Is On Her “Death List.” Where Does Fox News Draw The Line?

Reported by Ellen - August 13, 2009 -

Given Fox News’ daily drumbeat of hostility and invective toward the Obama administration and Democrats, it was probably only a matter of time before someone talked on the air about killing a prominent Democrat. Not surprisingly, that someone turned out to be Ann Coulter on the Hannity show last night (8/12/09). But what is shocking, even for Fox News, is that nobody condemned her statement that Rahm Emanuel’s brother is on her “death list,” meaning she has him marked for euthanasia. In the past few months on Fox News, Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist, and got the all clear sign from the boss; Sean Hannity has regularly referred to Obama as a radical socialist who hates America; a Fox News regular, Michael Scheuer, called for a major terrorist attack to "save" the country; there have been thinly veiled incitements to civil war and now Ann Coulter is talking about killing a high-profile Democrat. We demand to know, does Fox News draw the line anywhere? Or is discussion of murder permissible on the “we like America” network? With video.

In the discussion with Coulter, in the first video below, Hannity brought up an old statement by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother to Obama’s Chief of Staff: “Services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”

Hannity showed that statement with the clear suggestion that it somehow indicated the current health care bill will include euthanasia, even though the statement was made in 1996 by someone who is not part of the Obama administration. Hannity went on to conflate the statement with the health care bill by (falsely) describing it as “taking seniors in a room and offering them end-of-life counseling.”

Coulter agreed. She added, “Totally ironically, Zeke Emanuel is on my death list. Hold the applause. I’m going to be on the death panel.”

Hannity, obviously stunned, said, “In other words, you get to pick who dies.”

“Right. I have a list,” Coulter answered. “Should I start with the ‘A’s?”

Was Hannity outraged that she spoke that way? Heck no. In a half-admiring tone, he said, “I can read the headlines tomorrow. It’s going to be Ann Coulter…”

Another panelist began talking over Hannity.

Ironically, during a previous segment on the same show (the second video below), Hannity and Michelle Malkin couldn’t stop complaining about Democrats not showing enough respect toward those who disagree with them.

Please consider contacting Fox and asking them where they draw the line on “debate.” You can reach them at hannity@foxnews.com.