A few days ago, I posted about the unfair, imbalanced treatment Fox News gave to guest Harrison Schultz, when he appeared on Hannity to discuss the Occupy Wall Street movement. After bullying Schultz during their one-on-one, Sean Hannity got his three-person panel to pile on after Schultz had left the set and without anyone to take his side. Yesterday, The Five added to the pile-on when Hannity called in to further attack Schultz discuss his interview. Predictably, the four conservatives (including conservative-come-lately Kimberly Guilfoyle) fell over themselves trying to think of clever ways to make new smears of Schultz and the Occupy protests.
The very nature of The Five – four conservatives and one liberal – makes mockery of Fox’s “fair and balanced” mantra. So did co-host Eric Bolling’s sneering introductory description of Hannity’s interview as one of the “best take downs I’ve seen ever.”
Hannity claimed he brought Schultz on his radio show, as a follow up to the TV interview, to help him in a fatherly way, that he wanted to try to get him a job but that Schultz refused to take one under $80,000 a year.
Bob Beckel rightly pointed out that Hannity had been “brutal” toward Schultz but then promptly allowed his advocacy to be derailed by Hannity’s argument against higher taxes for the very wealthy.
But then multimillionaire Hannity turned to his "regular guy" shtick: "One of the best things that’s ever happened in my life is I, from the time I was eight years old, I worked… I was doing dishes and washing ‘em at 12. I was a cook at 13.
They’re not concerned about REAL “accuracy in media” as that would tend to put all the right-wing lies, distortions and half-truths on full display. No, their sole concern is keeping the hard-core right-wing extremists (the ones who tend to actually vote in primary elections) indoctrinated with the “correct” talking points.
Klannity would blow up a lie detector machine if he ever agreed to be hooked up to one.
Oh, that’s right- the shooter was a White Supremacist that was close friends with almost every elected GOP official (even the ones that publicly denounced him). He was also strongly favoured by the Tea Party when he died.
To be fair, a lot of FNC hosts flat ignored that story, and the few who didn’t, it was scattered attempts to downplay both Ready’s actions and his affiliations, as well as attempts to spin his attempt at switching parties. It was so bad that the brass only let a couple of the better newsblock segments be on the site, so if I missed it on Tee Vee, I missed it.
But Hannity’s special because even O’Reilly’s hatefest against OWS looks like a mildly annoyed shout out in comparison. You’d think he’d have it somewhere- if nothing else, to try proving he can be fair.