I’ve been writing for years about Sean Hannity’s bigotry. Lately, he has been somewhat restrained as his colleague Bill O’Reilly has taken center stage in Fox’s prime time race baiting. But last night, on the same night that O’Reilly apologized for saying that no Republicans had been invited to the March On Washington anniversary – and then chastised them for declining their invitations – Hannity stepped up to the race-baiting plate. He and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich seemed to be trying to outdo each other in attacking the March On Washington commemoration and to patronizingly berate the African American guest, Richard Fowler, who had a differing opinion. While they were at it, they attacked African American concerns about voting rights, too.
It was hard to see any point to the entire discussion other than an excuse to malign African Americans and their celebration. Hannity began by playing clips from the commemoration and saying, “Some of the divisive and insensitive rhetoric from yesterday’s 50th Anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.” It’s laughably hypocritical for Hannity to be complaining about any kind of divisiveness but especially racial divisiveness. His has long been the go-to show for race baiting against African Americans. That’s not including such jaw-dropping insensitivity as regularly presenting Mark Fuhrman as a neutral analyst for discussions involving crime and race. I’ll also include at the end of this post (the second video below) a mashup video I contributed to for some more vivid examples.
In his bullyboy singsong, Hannity began by "asking" Fowler, “The Supreme Court, Richard, you’re gonna compare them to the KKK? Florida, you’re gonna compare to Syria and we’re gonna make the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech about Trayvon Martin? Really?”
When Fowler said that the speakers were reflecting what the African American community feels, Hannity interrupted to sneer, “Hey, Richard, what part of my question didn’t you understand?” It was the same kind of tone that, back in Dr. King’s day, would have addressed Fowler as “Boy.” Hannity badgered, “They were comparing our Supreme Court to the Ku Klux Klan! You gonna defend that? You gonna support that? Is that what Martin Luther King was talking about?”
Well, it’s funny that Hannity should now be outraged about that. Because just six months ago, he compared Congressman Keith Ellison to the KKK.
Sadly, Fowler seemed not to know Hannity’s shocking racial history. It also includes, by the way, palling around with a white supremacist and hideous smears of a Haitian man who accused a white police officer (who later confessed) of sodomizing him. Plus, Hannity has countenanced, if not condoned – right there on his own show - such racial comments as, “Most blacks” in Tennessee are “so racist” that “They always use racism in order to intimidate white America.” The same guest, Jesse Lee Peterson, in a later appearance “joked” that he’s changed the name of the White House to “Big Mama’s House.” Think Hannity minded? No, he chuckled. And he still sits on the advisory board of Peterson’s non-profit organization.
Fowler argued that African Americans are angry at the Supreme Court for “gutting the Voting Rights Act.” But before he could finish, Hannity interrupted him with the same patronizing tone. “Excuse me! We don’t need your interpretation… I don’t need your interpretation.” He continued reading some more excerpts of speeches Hannity found objectionable. “Comparing our Justices on the Supreme Court to the Ku Klux Klan!” he shouted, jabbing his finger. “You’re gonna defend that?” It must be the robes that Hannity feels gives the justices special privileges not afforded to Congressmen. Or could it be that in Hannity’s book, it’s only OK to accuse African Americans of being like the KKK? Or is it only OK when he does it?
Pavlich jumped in and adopted the same tone of scorn. “I waited a really long time to vote last time and I didn’t complain about voter suppression,” she said superciliously. Pavlich is also the news editor of TownHall.com. Does she not know or not care that waiting in line is not the issue? Neither possibility reflects well on her.
It’s hard to believe anybody could have outdone Hannity in the Hostility-to-African-Americans department but Pavlich managed. Disregarding how she had interrupted to join the conversation – the same conversation in which Hannity wouldn’t let Fowler finish a thought - she responded to Fowler’s challenge to her ridiculous "wait in line" claim by telling him, “It’s my turn to talk now. If you’re going to do TV, you might want to learn some TV etiquette.”
Pavlich added, “You wanna talk about the Ku Klux Klan, Sean? Let’s talk about Bill Clinton defending Robert Byrd for his participation in the Ku Klux Klan.” She failed to mention that, unlike Hannity, with regard to any of his race-baiting past, Byrd long ago renounced his participation, apologized to African Americans and later received a 100 percent rating from the NAACP. But Pavlich seemed to think that pointing a finger at Clinton and/or Byrd, no matter how obsolete the accusation, “proved” her civil rights cred. Even as she continued to speak contemptuously to Fowler, along with Hannity, for the next three minutes, including another laughable lecture from Pavlich, “If you’re going to do television, you need to learn how to be respectful and take your turn.” She might want to take her own advice.
And while she's at it? Pavlich, along with Hannity, might want to reconsider this kind of behavior if either has any real desire to make the Republican Party more appealing to minorities.
This cafeteria Catholic was a piece of work when he was a small time mouthpiece in Santa Barbara, CA.
In 1989, Hannocchio, a house painter at that time, was a programmer who had a 9 to 10 a.m. morning show on KCSB radio, The Pursuit of Happiness, that aired every Tuesday. It was a shock jock show modeled like his hateful mentors on radio. Hannocchio wanted his little show to be controversial. He wanted to stir up the pot. Not surprising for a troubled soul searching for people to like him.
His program was obscene and offensive. It was so bad that the radio station had to include a disclaimer to warn listeners about Hannocchio’s content. Hannocchio’s broadcasts were horrific. So was the man himself.
Hannocchio was not a fan of the mainstream media during his stint at KCSB. He would criticize the media, accusing them of holding back certain information on topics.
He was a hateful little boy. The Daily Nexus (5/25/89) quoted Hannocchio, “Anyone listening to this show that believes homosexuality is a normal lifestyle has been brainwashed. It’s very dangerous if we start accepting lower and lower forms of behavior as the normal.” We add this quote as proof of his hateful behavior.
Hannocchio’s show was canceled and the radio staffers tossed this clown out of the studio for his hateful program and behavior. Hannocchio, to this day, tells his sheep that he was fired for his conservative views. That’s a bald face lie.
He was hateful then, hateful now.
Hannocchio is a product of his environment. We blame his parents for raising a unstable and troubled man. He does take after them.
Background on this party http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20121214/ARTICLE/121219763
The Stop Hannity Express says Hannocchio is not worthy or qualified to receive this award. A statesman? That’s a joke. He’s more of a divider than statesman.
This is a waste of an award.
The blind sheep is paying up to $500 to see this clown. We suggest the sheep donate the money to a wounded warrior. That is more worthy than to see this over-the-hill multi-millionaire.
Word has it that this fraud might speak on Stand Your Ground law.
NOTE TO HANNITY
You don’t deserve this award. It’s an insult to true statesmen across the globe.
Seannie poo in one sentence.
It’s sickening that Fox is literally encouraging racial hatred these days. They won’t be happy until they see more blood.
“In a faux news network filled with race baiters, KKKlannity is far and away the proven master baiter.”
Pardon me — what about Bully O’Lielly? Correct me if I’m wrong on this, but he’s a “master-baiter” too, is he not? Remember that episode he had several years ago with Andrea Mackris?
Seriously, seriously… This has to be the most hateful thing I have ever seen. Hannity and Pavlich were basically restraining from calling out the N-Word. If this were any other network, Hannity would have been fired on the air. Or put on notice during the commercials.
But, this is Fox News- An outlet that both the owners and operators admit exists purely to get ratings. Hannity will get his shock ratings, Ailes will be happy. Murdoch will be happy. They won’t care that people will be tuning in to see if he finally outright says he N-Word.
Add to this that Hannity was openly lying about GOP speakers not being invited to the event and then trying to yell over Fowler when he tried to set the record straight. Add to this that Pavlich has no credibility given her clear bias and her repeated attempts to make a mountain out of the “Fast & Furious” molehill for her own aggrandizement. Her nastiness toward Fowler was chilling at times.