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Hannity Tries To Blame Egypt Crisis On Democrats

Reported by Ellen - January 29, 2011 -

Predictably, Fox News’ fear and loathing of Muslims was front and center in their coverage of the Egypt demonstrations (more on that in a later post). But Sean Hannity took partisanship to new heights – or depths – when he “asked” if there wasn’t a connection between the uprising and Democrats being in power in the U.S.A. Not that he was able to make any real connection – you know the kind he and his colleagues demanded when they attacked those who suggested there might be a link between right-wing violent rhetoric and the Tucson massacre.

At about the 4:50 mark in the video below, Hannity asked his “Great American Panel,

“Is this almost predictable? Conservatives, Republicans get in power, they want to advance the cause of liberty and freedom, i.e. Reagan, i.e. George W. Bush. Democrats get in power and you see this shift go on in the world. It seems to be connected. Am I off base on that? …The only democracy that has emerged when you see uprising like this, is in Iraq. Name me one other example. I can’t think of one in history.”

First of all, what Sean Hannity characterized as an “uprising” in Iraq is what I and many others call an “invasion.” And it’s not as though everything is just peachy there, either. Second, how about the Velvet Revolution? Poland’s Solidarity movement? Both of those uprisings ended with democracies.

Or were those good uprisings because white people were trying to overthrow communists during the Reagan era, instead of Muslims trying to overthrow an American-backed dictator in the age of Obama?