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Teacher scandal du jour involves Hannity, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, and the entire Bush administration

Reported by Chrish - April 13, 2006

Remember what Bush called NYT reporter Adam Clymer? Well back at 'cha, big guy - big time.

AL State Legislature candidate and science teacher Steve White is suspended and being investigated for allegedly showing his 8th grade class a profanity-laced video criticizing FOX News personalities and the Bush administration. Hannity and Colmes (4/11/06) and guest Mickey Hammond, White's political opponent, were unanimous in their belief that the teacher should be fired.

Hammond started off reasonably, noting that White has been suspended during the investigation and not calling for his firing but with a little cajoling from Hannity - who called for his head right off the bat - and a declaration from Colmes that he too - a Democrat! - favored firing, Hammond felt safe enough to admit that yes, that's what he really thought too. He just didn't want it to be seen as a political move on his part.

Colmes was offended by the language, saying it was inappropriate for 13 year olds. There was also an allegation made by Hammond that a student was "held hostage" and couldn't leave the class until he said "John Kerry rocks." While Colmes agreed with the sentiment, he didn't approve of the tactics. Hannity was, as you can imagine, outraged and indignant and offended to the core of his pure choirboy heart. Always the opportunist, he brought up CO teacher Jay Bennish and his "vicious rants" and "horrible comparisons", reminding viewers that public school teachers are poisoning our children's minds with hate all over the place.

Ironically, the segment about the film described as "vulgar" and full of "obscenities" immediately followed a commercial for felon Ollie North's "War Stories."

Comment: While I agree it was inappropriate to be shown in a middle school science classroom, puh-leeze, can we all stop pretending that 13 year-olds are not familiar with the term? I would venture to say that many of them probably found it hilarious. But this is the stuff of dreams for fanning faux outrage and triggering a defense mechanism for those "under attack." I'm sure we'll know every lurid detail and a bunch of made-up stuff too by week's end.

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