On Hannity Friday night (12/16/11), Fox News’ “Democratic” contributor, Pat Caddell, earned his Fox News Christmas bonus. He can be counted on to criticize Democrats and President Obama during Fox News appearances all year. But this time, Caddell went the extra mile and interrupted his own commentary about a completely different subject – the Republican candidates’ debate the night before – in order to declare that Obama’s Chief of Staff and national security head should be arrested. He didn’t explain why nor did guest host Monica Crowley find it necessary to ask for anything like a good cause for such a drastic action. Meanwhile, nobody even mentioned – much less objected to – the actual criminal history of Buddy Cianci, sitting next to Caddell, right there on the panel. Cianci, of course, was given all the respect Obama wasn’t.
When it was Caddell’s turn to discuss the debate, he said, “I was so glad to see them talk about foreign policy because I’ve been doing polling – it’s such a gigantic issue. And no one in Washington, the Republican party seems to think it matters and it matters a great deal and people feel very strongly, particularly about Mus…” He caught himself before he completed what was obviously going to be the word “Muslims” and said, “Islamic terrorists and about Iran.”
Caddell went on to say that the Republican race was between Romney and Gingrich and that while they “both had good debates” the night before, Gingrich had a “tough moment” over his ties to Freddie Mac. But rather than opine on that (and perhaps make a Republican look bad), Caddell changed the subject and took a swipe at Obama.
“And by the way, if we’re going to discuss Fannie (Mae) and Freddie, let’s discuss the fact that we have a Chief of Staff in the White House and the head of National Security. Both should be in jail over that issue but anyway – and the media should get this – but, look, here’s the choice Republican voters are struggling with…”
Crowley didn’t interrupt him to challenge such a statement. Instead, she let Caddell finish his thoughts.
Meanwhile, neither Caddell nor anyone else seemed to mind the presence of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci on the panel. He has a rather colorful past I’m sure Fox News viewers would have found interesting had it been revealed. As I wrote in an earlier post:
Cianci is a convicted felon who used an ashtray, a fireplace log and a lighted cigarette to assault a man Cianci suspected of having an affair with his estranged wife. That was before Cianci spent 4 ½ years in federal prison for running a criminal enterprise out of City Hall during his tenure as mayor.
Instead of telling the “we report, you decide” network’s audience any of that inconvenient truth, Crowley introduced Cianci as the former mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, a radio host and an author.
Then again, facts have a well-known liberal bias . . .