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No Concern From Hannity As Palin Suggests More Passion Is The Key To Winning The War On Terror

Reported by Ellen - January 15, 2010 -

The line between news, punditry and partisanship has become even more blurred on Fox News with the arrival of their latest “analyst,” Sarah Palin. Lest there be any doubts that Fox News is actively helping to groom and promote Sarah Palin’s political future, Sean Hannity’s three-part infomercial interview with her last night (1/14/10) should have laid them to rest for good. Besides the softball questions designed to showcase her “platform,” Palin candidly admitted she plans to “get out on the campaign trail” and “stump for candidates.” And in between her takes on national security, “the rules of war,” and the economy, Palin said that while she’s “not going to close any doors for my future,” she also plans “to do all that I can to help our country get back on the right track and that’s to get a message out there about solutions that I believe, and a whole lot of Americans believe, need to be plugged in.” Oh, and she also said that one of the specials she plans to do on Fox is about energy independence. Meanwhile, Hannity ignored Palin’s flip-flop on the bailouts, her discredited “death panel” claim and her ridiculous suggestion that more passion is the key to winning the war on terror. With video.

“What are your plans for this year?” Hannity asked. It was a question fairly typical of those that were to come. “Are you planning to get out on the campaign trail and go out there and stump for candidates?”

“I sure will,” Palin said.

So she’s going to be an analyst and an active participant in politics. That didn’t even raise an eyebrow from Hannity (nor presumably, any of the higher ups on Fox), much less a mention.

Instead, Hannity went on to offer her an opportunity to stoke her candidacy in 2012. “AOL… has an article about you, saying you coming here to Fox may disappoint many of your fans because, they say, well maybe they’ll interpret that as a signal you’re not going to run in… 2012.”

Palin replied, “Well, first, I’ve said forever what would America do without Fox News? This is where you will get your fair and balanced reporting and analysis of the issues that are so important to all of us. But… I’m not going to close any doors for my future, for my family’s future, don’t know what’s in the future or what it holds but between now and whenever some big decision has to be made, I’m going to do all that I can to help our country get back on the right track and that’s to get a message out there about solutions that I believe and a whole lot of Americans believe need to be plugged in.”

So she quit the job she had in public service, the one the voters of Alaska had elected her to, in order to “help our country get back on the right track” via a book and a TV gig?

Hannity, of course, swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Having established that she’s still a political player in Part 1 of their interview, in Part 2, Hannity helped her shill her “platform.” Palin sounded even more like a candidate as she said, “We’re trying to bring a message back to that simplicity, back to the planks and the strong platform that can build a stronger America…”

At about 2:48 into the second video below, Palin said her message included, “strong military… free market enterprise being able to drive our economy… government getting out of the bailout business, getting out of the private sector and out of our lives.”

So does Palin now disagree with what she wrote in her recent book? As Media Matters noted, on Page 270, she wrote,

“[T]he House of Representatives rejected a Bush-backed economic bailout plan in a vote in which two-thirds of Republicans voted no. The impression this made on the electorate was not helpful to our cause. Millions of Americans were poised to go bankrupt or lose their savings, and the perception was that Republicans had failed to respond.”

Media Matters also noted that on CNN in October, 2008, Palin said,

"Now, as for the economic bailout provisions and the measures that have already been taken, it is a time of crisis and government did have to step in playing an appropriate role to shore up the housing market to make sure that we're thawing out some of the potentially frozen credit lines and credit markets, government did have to step in there."

Hannity either didn’t know or didn’t care she had just contradicted herself. He accepted everything she said and moved on to ask another question designed to show off her policy chops, what she might like to say to President Obama “about either national security or the economy.”

Of course, Palin has NO national security credentials and, unless you count her laughable claim that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, no expertise. But that didn’t stop Palin from opining about what she thinks the rules of war should be: more passionate so that we can trust that Obama is not “purposely just hesitating and dithering.”

“I would definitely go to the national security issues. I know that jobs are the number one issue in our country. That is what is on voters’ minds. People want to know how are we gonna get out of this 10% unemployment rate and the 17.3% underemployment rate. This is horrible. And I think enough people are already telling Barack Obama ‘Come on. You gotta do something different here. You gotta quit growing government and assuming that government is the solution to the economic woes in this country.’ People are already taking care of that. I’d like to talk to him about the national security issues, though, and what I believe the rules of war should be. And I would like to recommend to him that he show a little bit more passion in this war on terror so that we can trust that perhaps, the steps that he takes that seem to me to be so hesitant, to make decisions when it comes to our national security, that um, we can at least trust that he’s really being deliberative. He isn’t purposely just hesitating and dithering and being kind of wishy-washy on things when the rest of us want to see action taken so that we can get this war on terror won. We can get it over with.”

Who needs John McCain when you’ve got Commander Palin at the ready?

In Part 3, Hannity asked, “Are you amazed at how the amount of impact your Facebook comments have had in the political discourse and debate? Because every time you write something, it goes out over the wires. You’ve noticed that… When you talk about health care, you said, ‘those death panels’ which created a big controversy.’”

He forgot to mention it was voted “Lie of the Year” at PolitiFact.

Unconcerned about this whopper, Palin smiled proudly. Shortly thereafter, she rehashed her claim.