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While Hosting His Bigoted Pal Rev. Peterson, Hannity Complains About Rep. Kanjorski’s Comments About Minorities

Reported by Ellen - June 27, 2010 -

Sean Hannity displayed what you might call a double standard for double standards Friday night (6/25/10) as he attacked Congressman Paul Kanjorski for comments suggesting that minorities are not “good American people.” Hannity’s chief complaint about Kanjorski’s remarks seemed to be that if Hannity or a Republican or “anybody on Fox” said the same thing, their career would be over. Yet sitting right there on the set with Hannity was his good buddy, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson who has said far more inflammatory, far more racially charged and objectionable comments about African Americans on Hannity’s show than anything Kanjorski said. Not only has Hannity apparently condoned Peterson’s past remarks, Peterson has repeatedly been welcomed back on the show. Hannity also sits on the advisory board of Peterson’s charity.

As timesleader.com reported, Kanjorski said at a meeting on Wall Street reform on Wednesday, “Because of the longevity of the recession, these are people -- and they are not minorities, and they’re not defective, and they’re not all the things you like to insinuate that these programs are about. These are average, good American people. Most of them have been veterans who served, responsible, have worked all their lives, but they’re not full of money. They live pay check to pay check and they always will because they are in the lower margins of our society.”

Definitely not the most artfully worded statement. But compare that to some of Peterson’s “greatest hits” on Fox News:

Regarding a racially-charged Memphis primary: “Most blacks, not all but most in Tennessee, especially in the Memphis, Tennessee area, are still living in the 50’s and 60’s. They are so racist that they don’t even realize that white Americans have moved on. And so whenever there’s a campaign like this, such as this, they always use racism in order to intimidate white America.” (8/6/08)

“I think we all agree that Barack Obama was elected by, mostly by black racists and white guilty people. Most black Americans, 96 percent of them, are racists who (unintelligible) white Americans.” (2/3/09)

“Barack Obama is destroying America based on lies. This thing is about the redistribution of wealth. It’s about black liberation theology… This guy is not on our side. Obama, in all honesty, is the Congressional Black Caucus. He is Louis Farrakhan. He is Rev. Wright… He is all of them wrapped up in one… He wants us to take care of people who really will not get up and take care of themselves… You know what? I have changed the White House from being the White House to Big Mama’s House.” (3/10/10)

“If Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin or anybody on Fox said it, what would happen?” Hannity asked.

Conservative guest Heather Higgins sneered, “It’s a total double standard.” She added that Democrats have “an attitude that is paternalistic and condescending and it occasionally slips out and you get snippets of it and because they’re on the left, they get a pass.”

Was it just me, or did Higgins sound paternalistic and condescending as she said that?

It would have been the perfect moment for the Democratic guest, Penny Lee, to point out that Fox News personnel have a long history of racially-charged comments. In fact, Lee was present when Hannity announced his support for Glenn Beck’s assessment that President Obama is a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” But the thought either never seemed to occur to her, or she was unaware of Fox News’ history on race (rather unforgiveable considering how often she appears on the network) or she deliberately pulled her punches.

Peterson, however, piped up with a rare concern for African Americans. He claimed he’s been telling the black community “for the last 20 years that Democrats don’t respect them.” I don’t know what he tells the black community off the air. But judging from what he says on the air, Peterson doesn’t seem to be in any position to lecture anyone about respect for blacks.

“A Republican would be out of office,” Hannity reiterated.

Maybe so, but not off Fox. In fact, chances are good that person would get a nice, rehab showcase on Hannity.

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