Most likely author Jodi Kantor had never spent a moment watching Hannity before she agreed to appear on the show to discuss her big-selling book, The Obamas. Otherwise, she would not have looked so utterly bewildered last night as Sean Hannity first praised her work then argued that she had missed the “hidden,” radical Obama and lectured her to “do your investigative work in the future.”
Hannity acknowledged early in the interview with Kantor, “I think you did a lot of research.”
Kantor said she interviewed 33 “current and former White House aides and a lot of the Obamas’ closest friends.”
But, apparently, no research can match what Sean Hannity can just “glean.” He said, “I look at the people that the president has surrounded himself with. …Why do conservatives like me look at his background, look at (Tony Rezko), look at the people – Jeremiah Wright, look at this inner circle and say I find he hung out with radicals his whole life, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and there’s a part of his life that he hides. I don’t think he’s honest with the American people.” Hannity went on to tie Valerie Jarrett to Media Matters and said, “What are we to glean from Ayers, Wright, Jarrett, Media Matters, and I see this as a conservative, as an outspoken conservative and I said there’s something not right. Am I off base?”
The look on Kantor’s face spoke volumes, too, about just how off base he was. She said, “To be honest, I don’t even know if Valerie Jarrett and Jeremiah Wright actually know each other… I’ve interviewed Jarrett and the president’s closest friends extensively and I don’t think there’s anything necessarily radical about them.” She also said that Ayers “was a kind of tangential guy in the president’s life. I’ve looked into it and there’s no evidence that they had a particularly close or formative relationship.” She said that Jarrett was more of a mentor than Ayers and that Jarrett has “a pretty conventional background as a business person. I don’t think there’s anything radical about her background.”
Has Hannity interviewed any of them – other than his browbeating “interview” with Wright? Done any independent investigation into Obama's friends and associates? No. But that didn’t stop him from pretending to know better than the author who had. Hannity said, “I do believe, and I would urge you as you do your investigative work in the future, I think what’s missing is I think he does not, he’s not been honest in his portrayal of who he is and what he really thinks of the American people.”
Actually, it’s Hannity who is not being honest in his portrayal of Obama. President Obama has never been a radical, he has never been close to Bill Ayers and Hannity’s refusal to recognize and admit the truth says way more about him and about Fox News’ continued tolerance for those falsehoods than anything he’ll ever say about Obama.