Of all the awful things I’ve witnessed on Fox News, one of the worst has been to watch journalism-icon Bob Woodward palling around with the likes of race baiter and hate monger, Sean Hannity. Woodward has appeared several times on the Hannity show recently (and he was also on Fox News Sunday) and acted as though he were there to participate in a legitimate discussion about President Obama. Meanwhile, Woodward seemed oblivious to how Hannity used him for the express purpose of assisting in his anti-Obama crusade and to beef up his own cred.
As I wrote in a post about a previous visit from Woodward to the Hannity show:
There’d be nothing wrong with that if Woodward had distanced himself from the hate mongering and race baiting that is Sean Hannity’s stock in trade. Instead, Woodward – an icon of American journalism if ever there was one – either ignored or was unfamiliar with the kinds of sleazy tactics that Hannity routinely employs on his show and thereby gave Hannity a stamp of legitimacy he doesn’t come close to deserving.
For his part, Hannity forgot how much he distrusts the so-called liberal media as he slobbered and sucked up to Woodward.
You have to wonder, does Woodward know much about Hannity, his show and his tactics? Does he endorse them as legitimate entries on a “news” network? Or is he so intent on promoting his latest book that he doesn’t care? None of the possibilities make him look good.
Woodward should have had an inkling of Hannity’s agenda when he appeared on Hannity a few weeks ago and was subject to the not-very-subtle attempts to turn Fox’s cooked-up Benghazi controversy into this year’s Watergate. Woodward appropriately rebuffed those efforts but either failed to recognize how Hannity was trying to use him or else pretended it wasn’t so.
So it should have been no surprise that when Woodward revisited the Hannity show last night that Hannity tried it again.
As I’ve said before, I agree that what happened at Benghazi should be investigated. And nobody disagrees. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed an independent panel headed by a veteran diplomat last month. But Woodward replied to Hannity’s recitation of events by saying, “Somebody really needs to investigate,” as if to suggest that none was forthcoming and that something was being hidden. He took it a step further by saying he was “very struck” by a recent comment Obama made that the election is not about Benghazi. “That’s a strange answer because for some people who want answers to this question, it’s central to are we getting good information? Is there straight talk coming out of the administration? And he should be an advocate for straight talk and getting to the bottom of it.” He said that Obama’s failure to be forthcoming set off “all sorts of alarm bells.”
Again, I agree. And I’ll take it a step further and say that I think the Obama administration has handled this issue very poorly. But questions need to be asked about Fox News' role in the whole thing, too. If Woodward doesn’t think that he was being exploited for political purposes, he really needs to take a look at the graphic that ran as he was talking:
That’s right. Fox News called it a cover-up while Woodward spoke, even though he specifically said “we don’t know” if there was one. That was pretty much what Woodward said the last time he appeared on Hannity, too.
But Woodward cast further aspersions on President Obama by suggesting that if he was “really serious” about getting to the bottom of Benghazi he would have had Attorney General Eric Holder start an independent investigation. OK, fine. But again, Woodward failed to acknowledge how Fox News in general – and Sean Hannity in particular – have been acting as overt political players in this news story. By ignoring what Stephen Colbert conveyed unmistakably a few nights ago, Woodward looked either naïve or complicit.
I’ll let you decide which one.
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If you want to know more about Neocon Bob Woodward (much, much more), read “Against Them” by Tegan Mathis:
He’s not who you think he is.
âMitt Romney was not a businessman; he bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses.
He did not build enterprises the old fashioned wayâout of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spend his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn âroll-ups,â then deliver them back to Wall Street for resaleâthe faster the better.â
David Stockman—Former Director of the Office Of Management and Budget for Reagan 1981-1985
The Stop Hannity Express says Hannocchio is in no position to discuss cover-ups, given his own dark past.
If we are going to discuss cover-ups, we can start with Freedom Concerts, neo-Nazi Hal Turner, felon R. Stanford, his business deals, property taxes, IRS, film projects that flopped, the endless freebies he receives, his fetish, and other dirty deeds that he keeps hidden.
We can throw in News Corporation’s major legal battles due to hackings in the U.K., and over 40 arrests as a result of this crime.
Hannocchio’s loyal audience are fools to believe this St. Pius X class clown is a saint. They really don’t know this man.
Hannocchio won’t tell you, but we will. Spread the word via, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Fox “News” so-called producer Cohen has arranged for Hannocchio to travel to several cities in Ohio a week before the election. Hannocchio will broadcast his little show live from a diner location.
Hannocchio knows how critical Ohio is to King Mitt’s campaign, and will do what he can to help King Mitt win the presidency.
On November 1, this crazy man will be at the Great Scott Diner from 9 to 10 p.m. in Amelia, Ohio
This is the launch of Hannochio’s Diner Road Show in Ohio.
NOTE TO HANNITY
You are the worst broadcaster in television and radio history. You should never received that Marconi Award. You don’t deserve it. Marconi is spinning in his grave.
It’s no surprise that Woodward is shilling his latest epic on Fox. Just take a look at the above list to see exactly what is motivating Woodward. The RW is dominating the Best Sellers list, whether by hook or by crook. Woodward, and the other hand, is #23, and fading.
It makes no difference whether the Fox base can read or comprehend (and we all know their issues with comprehension!) but they are buying books.