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On Hannity, WND’s David Kupelian Says, “We’re Looking At An Attempted Socialist Coup D’Etat In Washington D.C.

Reported by Ellen - April 6, 2010 -

Is there any limit to the poisonous, inflammatory rhetoric that is allowed on Fox News? Not so long as it’s directed against a Democrat or the left, it would seem. Last night (4/5/10), on the “Great American Panel” segment on Hannity, World Net Daily’s David Kupelian said, “We’re looking at an attempted socialist coup d’etat in Washington, D.C.” Hannity didn’t have any problem with that statement. Neither did the other conservative, a writer for Human Events. But when she distanced herself from the sentiment somewhat, Hannity swooped in and prodded her to admit that Obama is the most radical president in American history. Thank goodness Democrat Bob Beckel stepped up to the plate. But he was outnumbered three to one, as he usually is.

The discussion started with Hannity making the same distortion about President Obama’s new nuclear policy that was made in an earlier segment, claiming that “the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons” if there’s a chemical or biological attack against us.

David Kupelian, of World Net Daily changed the subject from Obama’s nuclear policy to offer up what was surely a pre-planned attack of a different sort. “I think we have a terrible problem right now, Sean. Basically, what we’re looking at is – let’s say it. Can we say it on national TV? We’re looking at an attempted socialist coup d’etat in Washington, D.C. And people are really, really unhappy about it. And, you know, the thing about Barack Obama... 53% of us voted for him, 69 million Americans, but this is a guy, I know it sounds crazy, but here’s a guy who has been steeped in Marxist ideology for the past 30 years.”

Thank goodness Bob Beckel interrupted. “I’ve about had it with you guys on the right about this... If you go back and look at what Marxism is and what socialism is, there is nothing close to either one of them in the United States.”

Of course, Hannity gave Kupelian a chance to reiterate his disgusting attacks respond. Kupelian asked, “Why is it that it’s so difficult to speak the truth in this day and age?” And then he went on an “Obama must be a socialist” rant that would have pleased Glenn Beck.

Next, Hannity let his other panelist, a woman from Human Events, i.e. another conservative, “respond.” “I don’t know if I’d go as far to call him a Marxist,” she said. Then she added, “I think it’s relevant to bring up who’s influenced him over the course of his life.”

That wasn’t harsh enough for Hannity, apparently, so he pushed asked her, “Is Barack Obama the most radical president that you’ve studied in American history?”

She agreed that he is.

Fortunately, Beckel did not wait for Hannity to give him a chance to "respond.} “Let me just say this… Calling the President of the United States a Marxist is, as far as I’m concerned, it’s worse than Joe McCarthy calling the people in the State Department a communist, and you ought to apologize for it.”

Kupelian comically objected, “I said ‘socialist.’”

“You ought to apologize… That’s going way over the line, man,” Beck said. And for good measure, he told Hannity, “Sure, I would” sit on a board with Bill Ayers.