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On Hannity, Tucker Carlson Says Obama “Play(ed) On White Guilt” And Told White People “Be Quiet” About Race

Reported by Ellen - March 29, 2010 -

During the “Great American Panel” segment of Hannity Friday night (3/26/10), Sean Hannity once again hauled out Rev. Jeremiah Wright in order to inject race into the usual Fox News “radical socialist” attacks on President Obama. Unfortunately for Hannity, nobody followed his lead until he had hammered the point a few times. Finally, panelist and Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson complied by adding a creative interpretation of Obama’s campaign speech on race. Carlson said it “basically play(ed) on white guilt and sa(id), ‘Stop asking questions because you’re responsible for segregation and slavery. Be quiet.’” With video.

Hannity began the discussion by playing a lengthy segment of Wright saying that the controversy over him was an invention of the media which had sought out old clips of him and injected them into the campaign. Wright also said that it was part of the hatred in this country against people of color and the poor. So instead of debating the substance of Wright’s comments, “I care deeply about (the white) race” Hannity used them to launch more racially tinged attacks. Very fair and balanced - not.

“It’s about people of color, it’s about the poor, not that he said, ‘GD America’” Hannity sneered about Wright's statements.

When nobody on the panel picked up on the racial angle, Hannity pushed it again. Quoting Obama, Hannity said, “I can no more disown him though, than I can the black community. Who said that?”

As the two conservative panelists snickered, the lone liberal, Alicia Menendez asked, “What’s it going to take for you to let go of this?”

Hannity once again harped on the racial aspect. “You know what? …When we see the taking over of our health care, our banks, our insurance companies, our financial institutions and black liberation theology (my emphasis), which talks about social justice… I think about Jeremiah Wright and I think the reason Barack Obama can’t alter or shift or listen to the American people is because he’s a rigid ideologue who sat in this guy’s pews for 20 years. That’s when I’m gonna let go of it. Never.”

Finally, Carlson took the hint. Claiming that the press had given Obama a pass on Wright, Carlson said, “(Obama) gave this much-lauded speech which… basically plays on white guilt and says, ‘Stop asking questions because you’re responsible for segregation and slavery. Be quiet.’”

Did Carlson see the same speech I did? The one in which Obama talked of his multi-ethnic heritage and said, “I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” The same speech in which Obama said, “Reverend Wright's comments were not only wrong but divisive, divisive at a time when we need unity; racially charged at a time when we need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems... problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.” And the one in which he said, “(African Americans’) anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change.” You can read the speech in its entirety here.

Sadly, Menendez, who does an OK job but is never quite as passionate in her advocacy as the conservatives arguing against her, did not challenge Carlson's interpretation.

Then, Hannity went on to channel Glenn Beck by citing Obama’s “radical friends,” Anita Dunn, Van Jones, etc. Since Hannity has already affirmed Beck’s accusation that Obama is a racist, will he break out the chalkboard next?