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Hannity Helps Rand Paul Whitewash His Controversial Civil Rights Comments

Reported by Ellen - June 10, 2010 -

Sean Hannity was once again so right there for a white guy in trouble over racial comments. In fact, Hannity is such a reliable rescuer in this regard, I wondered what took him so long to book Rand Paul on Hannity. But the wait was over tonight. Hannity not only stepped up to the plate for Paul, he helped Paul whitewash and misrepresent his own comments about the Civil Rights Act.

Hannity said to Paul, "Let me ask you about the one controversy that came up after you won the primary. I looked at your statement. When I first saw the news coverage, I said, 'What? He doesn't support the Civil Rights Act?' That's how it was portrayed. And you clearly laid out just the opposite. And it was very clear."

First of all, Paul's Civil Rights comments were not the "one controversy" that arose after he won the Republican primary in Kentucky. In addition to casting doubt on his support for the Act, Paul also came under fire for defending BP and attacking President Obama as being "un-American" in his criticism of it.

Second, the issue over Paul's Civil Rights Act comments were that he repeatedly suggested that private businesses should have the right to discriminate.

But Paul disingenuously insisted that he had been erroneously accused of wanting to repeal the Civil Rights Act. "I've given 400 speeches... I'm not for repealing the Civil Rights Act... Would have voted for it," He told Hannity, before going on to complain that the controversy over his remarks was nothing more than an effort to destroy him and the Tea Party.

Hannity said supportively, "But you said that that message was there. But they tried to purposely distort what you had said."

In reality, the ones doing the distorting were Paul and Hannity. In Paul's interview with Rachel Maddow, below, he refused to answer "yes" or "no" as to whether Woolworth's lunch counters should have been allowed to stay segregated.

Paul also said, "There's 10 different titles, you know, to the Civil Rights Act and nine out of ten deal with public institutions and I'm absolutely in favor of. One deals with private institutions and had I been around, I would have tried to modify that. But you know, the other thing about legislation - this is why it's a little hard to say, exactly, where you are sometimes, is that when you support nine out of ten things in a good piece legislation, do you vote for it or against it. And I think sometimes those are difficult situations... I do defend and believe that the government should not be involved with institutional racism or discrimination or segregation in schools, busing, all of those things. But had I been there, there would have been some discussion over one of the titles of the Civil Rights (Act). And I think that's a valid point, still a valid discussion."

There was no discussion during that interview about repealing the Civil Rights Act.

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