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FOX News Smear-Fest Against Obama Includes Blaming Him For Terrorism Escalation

Reported by Ellen - February 13, 2007 -

Predictably, Hannity & Colmes covered Barack Obama’s formal announcement of his run for the presidency in a smear-fest disguised as a “just asking” discussion. Sean Hannity, guest Star Parker and the FOX News producer in charge of chyrons seemed to be vying for who could smear Obama the most in the five minute discussion. My vote goes to Parker for alleging that Obama is responsible for the escalation of terrorism in Iraq. Updated with video.

Sean Hannity began the smearapalooza by saying, “This wasn’t just a campaign announcement. It was filled with a bunch of left-wing policy proposals.” As he spoke, the chyron read, “Left wing playbook?”

A clip of Obama was played showing him proposing universal health care and talking about bringing an end to the Iraq war.

Hannity continued, “The senator then followed that up with a Kerry-esque comment about our troops, suggesting the lives of American soldiers lost in Iraq he said were wasted.”

Another clip of Obama was played. In this one he said, “We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent 400 billion dollars, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.”

Hannity, with his phony-baloney sanctimony, asked guest Juan Williams, “You think that’s gonna play well in this country, saying those brave men that did what they were asked to do, saying their lives were wasted in the effort?”

Comment: Is there anything more nauseating than Sean Hannity on his high, chickenhawk horse pretending to be a lover of the troops when a) he would love nothing more than to send them into further harm’s way in Iran and b) the only real interest he ever exhibits in their Iraq war efforts are in using them as a club to hit Democrats?

I happen to like Juan Williams but I don’t understand why he had to take a swipe at Democrats with his response. “Remember, the audience (Obama's) talking to is the left wing of the Democratic Party.”

Hannity bragged in his bullyboy voice, “Well, thanks to Hannity & Colmes, Star Parker and talk radio tomorrow on my show, and I’m sure others, this comment is going to be discussed at length – to say that about the American troops. Now maybe he’ll get away with it. John Kerry got away with, you know, accusing our troops of terrorizing women and children in the dark of night, that we’re an international pariah. So maybe he’ll get away with it.”

Funny how “patriotic” Sean Hannity can’t seem to make a single argument without distorting the truth. Because, as Alan Colmes pointed out in his segment, Obama has apologized for that remark. In his segment, Colmes put up Obama’s statement to the Des Moines Register yesterday. “I was actually upset with myself when I said that, because I never use that term. Their sacrifices are never wasted… What I meant to say was those sacrifices have not been honored by the same attention to strategy, diplomacy and honesty on the part of civilian leadership that would give them a clear mission.”

Did Hannity and the FOX News producers not know that Obama had taken his words back or did they not care when they planned this segment?

Guest Star Parker, didn’t seem to know or care, either. She said Obama “might get away with it,” but, she added disingenuously, “I believe most reasonable people agree that we should have gone into Iraq.” Is she accusing most Americans of being unreasonable? I wish either Colmes or Williams had asked.

The banner said “OBAMA FEELS THE HEAT AFTER ENTERING PRESIDENTIAL RACE.” Not according to articles on FOXNews.com, he isn’t. One article, Eye on O8: Obama Soars In Weekend Presidential Launch refers to standing room only crowds and two endorsements from Iowa state executives. Another, Obama Draws Thousands Of Supporters To Campaign Events, talked about “a roaring crowd of more than 7,000 people who welcomed him home with a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago arena.” That same article also noted, “Obama's weekend events have drawn thousands of people, starting with the more than 15,000 people who stood outside in frigid temperatures in Illinois' capital city to hear him announce his presidential bid.”

Next, Hannity moved on to Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s attack on Obama, saying that Al Qaeda would be praying for Obama’s victory. Did Hannity object to a foreigner slurring an upstanding American? Of course not. Feigning thoughtfulness, Hannity said, “You know what, that makes sense.”

Parker added, “They’ve escalated their terrorism because of comments like Barack Obama’s… The more we keep saying ‘Let’s just pick up and leave,” the more terrorist activity we’re gonna see.”

I like Colmes, too, but I don’t understand why he never confronted Parker’s outrageous, un-American and unpatriotic attempt to smear a US Senator as a terrorism-enabler.

Instead, Colmes asked Parker “If the election were held today and the issue were solely the war in Iraq, do you believe that most Americans would vote for a pro-war candidate?”

Parker answered with a straight face, “I think that they would. I think that most Americans want this settled.” Like Hannity, she is either shockingly ignorant about American public opinion or a liar.

Parker contended that the November elections were a vote against Republicans, not a vote against Iraq. “I believe Americans want to be safe,” she said, implying that the Iraq war is making us safer, nor more vulnerable as the NIE has indicated.

Colmes quickly said that Iraq never attacked us but oops, his time was up, even though he got approximately one minute less time than Hannity had with the guests.