Although much has been made of the optics and the fact of the confrontation between Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison and Sean Hannity, much less attention has been paid to the substance of Ellison's allegations. For one thing, it bears emphasizing that the video that set off Ellison was a mashup video, obviously designed to put President Obama in as negative a light as possible, presented by Hannity as an introduction to their discussion. But more important were Ellison's allegations that Hannity has a long history of making truth secondary to his political agenda. Media Matters came up with ten examples of Hannity falsehoods. I found several more.
In Media Matters' list, my "favorites" are Hannity's deliberate promotion of birtherism (while, in another falsehood, pretending otherwise) and fueling the "Obama is a secret Muslim" meme. But there are many, many more. Here are some of my own "favorites:"
Hannity promoted the baseless theory that Obama would start a war with Iran in order to win re-election.
Hannity insisted he never questioned President Obama's patriotism.
Hannity repeatedly insisted Democratic criticisms of the Iraq war were harming our troops, even though Geneal Tommy Franks figures told him otherwise.
And last but not least: Hannity promised he'd undergo waterboarding for charity in order to prove it's not torture.
You can watch Ellison v. Hannity below.
The Express encourages all the masses to send a Tweet to Rep. Ellison with the following links:
Hannocchio and Hal Turner
Hannocchio’s association with convicted felon Robert Allen Stanford
Hannocchio fired for discrimination
Hannocchio’s association with white nationalist Pat Buchanan
Hannocchio’s friend Pat Buchanan’s association with white nationalism
Hannocchio supported George Allen’s campaign. Photo of Allen with white nationalists
Hannocchio’s appearance with George Allen
Tell Rep. Ellison to go public with these gems to his constituents, and to the world.
Hannocchio is a troubled man with a dark side. His audience would drop him if they learned of his true nature, and he knows it.
Here’s a little secret about Hannocchio. He hates being called Hannipie the tin man and grandpa.
NOTE TO HANNITY
You were a big mouth in 1989, and still a big mouth in 2013.
Hannity didn’t want to hear it. He was so desperate for his “Obama=Hitler” smoking gun that he tried to shut the horse’s mouth while it corrected the record.
It is Sean Hannity and Mark El Baldo Levin licking each other clean reminiscing about KKKlownnity’s 50’s birthday.
They talk about licking themselves clean, but Sean doesn’t want to discuss it.
Sean Hannity joined America’s Newsroom to remember his close friend Andrew Breitbart. Hannity called the loss “tragic,” and said that Breitbart will be dearly missed.
Hannity commented on Breitbart’s passion and remarked that “he knew only one speed in his life, and it was going tirelessly 24/7.”
“I think the one thing that motivated him more than anything else, he had a sense of urgency that the country was really, really headed in the wrong direction, and he lived this.”
Of Breitbart’s nature, Hannity said, “What you saw is what you got – a champion of freedom, a guy that really, really more than anything else wanted to see America get back on the right course.”
March 1st. 2012
R.I.P. Andrew Breitbart
May you follow his footsteps, Sean.
There are so many more examples, from Hannity bullying callers with demands they answer Hannity’s questions or he will hang up on the caller, to Hannity not really doing a live show, recording starting two hours earlier each day to brow-beating callers who are not on point with HIM to flat out acting like he can read the president’s mind and knows how and why he is acting, which, of course is not true, like today, when Hannity accused Obama of trying to make the economy fall into the Sequester to hurt Republicans, and that the president did not care what happened to the nation.
by Frances Martel | 2:52 pm, July 3rd, 2010
“They want to be productive members of society, and then they see an administration that is spitting on the U.S. Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule. So we, the Tea Partiers, we the people who are speaking up. I’m going to quote my hero, Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘We who engage in non-violent direct action are not the cause of tension, but rather, bringing to the surface the tension.”