On the Hannity show’s special “Holiday” program last night, Hannity aired a moving profile of an American hero who had been profoundly wounded and permanently disabled in war. Ainsley Earhardt managed to present a straightforward account without the usual spin or distortion we have come to expect from her special reports on Hannity. At the end of the segment, Earhardt and Sean Hannity discussed how the wounded vets’ challenges made their own seem trivial by comparison. But not trivial enough for Hannity to meet the challenge he made for himself when he promised to undergo “dunking” – the word he used to describe waterboarding – for a charity to benefit the troops, as he promised on April 22, 2009, more than two years and eight months ago. Keith Olbermann even sweetened the pot by offering $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for every second Hannity lasted.
“He changed your life,” Hannity said to Earhardt at the end of her report.
“He really brought me perspective to my life because he has such a positive attitude,” Earhardt said.
Hannity added, “You’re describing the exact experience I had when Colonel North took me to Bethesda and Walter Reed. I walked out of there actually a little embarrassed that I think I ever have problems. Because of what these guys are dealing with.”
Well, in that case, you’d think Hannity would have been inspired to be “dunked” on their behalf.
The discussion with Earhardt is in the last video below but I’m including the full segment because it was in fact quite moving and the charity highlighted seems to be a good one.
The first video is about Hannity's offer to be waterboarded and Olbermann's counter offer.