Sean Hannity so wants to blame terrorists for the missing Malaysian 777 airplane! Not only would that be an excuse to ramp up his hate mongering against Islam, it would also be a likely opportunity to attack President Obama as somehow weak on terrorism and, therefore, at fault. Unfortunately for Hannity, his experts insisted on sticking with the facts.
The video of the segment, below, begins with a lengthy report and consideration of the supposedly fanatical views of one of the pilots. At 5:40, Hannity brought on “aerospace journalist and former pilot” Kathleen Bangs and “commercial pilot" Robert Mark.
Right off the bat, Hannity tried, but failed, to get at least one of the two guests to opine that terrorism was likely involved in the missing plane. Hannity said, “I am concerned about anybody that has any fanatical views.”
But they weren’t having any of it. Mark said, “I think we’ve seen so much misinformation come out of Malaysia in the last 10 days that it’s very difficult for us to know which are the real facts and which are the ones that are, perhaps, convenient.”
Bangs said, “There’s a very good chance that this is a mechanical failure… mechanical and/or electrical.” She complained about news reports saying that malfunction had been ruled out. “We don’t have any idea how they can say that this early in the game and that’s unheralded,” she continued.
The discussion went on in that fashion. Eventually, an obviously frustrated Hannity said to Mark, “You know and I know triple sevens do not disappear into thin air. They don’t. There had to be some data picked up someplace.” Therefore, Hannity concluded, they had to use “what they’re giving us, at least some point of reference, which means that this plane was way off course and early on in this flight that the communications were shut down.” Or to put it another way, some kind of act of terrorism was involved.
But Bangs, pardon the expression, shot down that conclusion. “But Sean, airliners do disappear and they have since the beginning of commercial aviation,” she said. “Eventually, they get found but there’s many mysteries that have never been solved.”
Hannity continued, “The year is 2014, satellite imaging, GPS, come on!
“Then where is it?” Bangs asked.
“The data doesn’t work that way, unfortunately,” Mark chimed in.
“Sean, there’s nothing I want to believe more than that this airplane was hijacked and that this airplane is safe somewhere,” Bangs added.
Hannity interrupted. “I just want an answer. I want the truth so whatever it is we can make decisions accordingly so it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
“But as a pilot who has seen things gone wrong and who trains for the unbelievable, the fantastical to happen, my belief is that we are way too quick here to write off this as mechanical or electrical failure,” Bangs replied.
“It’s been 10 days! Nobody’s being quick here!” Hannity complained.
Mark piled on. “Sean, you said you wanted the answers and you wanted the truth. And we all want that. And we want it to be the real truth, though and not some smokescreen.”
Hannity agreed. “I want the truth," he said. "I blame the Malaysian government and the airlines, in part, for their very slow, well, I guess, sharing of information, if you will, with everybody else.”
When Hannity says he wants the truth, what he probably means is that he wants a way to attack his favorite political foes. Because truth takes a far back seat to Hannity’s political agenda.
Fortunately, his guest pundits countered with logic, reason and analysis based on the “known” facts (which are few), and Sean was absolutely apoplectic when they wouldn’t play ball and exposed his extremely biased and absurd speculation for what it was. Sean came off looking extremely foolish.
I really don’t understand how anyone—conservative, liberal or otherwise—can take this guy seriously. He’s nothing but an ideological hack, an embarrassment.
Hannocchio’s show is sinking, and that clown Finely and that ditz Barbie can’t stop the decline, and she knows we mean her.
The sooner the suits replace his show with other younger hosts, the better.
NOTE TO HANNITY
Want the truth? You are an aging tv host who can’t bring in the demos anymore. Demos are not going to watch a white-haired old man on tv. They prefer to watch the Perrino/Powers Show which will bring in higher ratings and demos than your poorly produced show.
What’s really odius — other than his utter ignorance of the facts in this case — is his fixation on the pilot’s T-shit that read “Democracy is dead,” an entirely laudable observation about the utterly corrupt and authoritarian Malaysian regime.
And btw, the best line of the night by far was the loathsome Bob Beckel actually saying the pilot had “a mock-up of the plane” in his house. (Wow, those folks at Malaysian Airlines must pay their pilots like Wall Street traders!) to which Hannity responded, “Right! Right!”
“A Few Good Men, the Sequel!”
YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!
There, it’s fixed.