Sean Hannity treated veteran journalist Jorge Ramos with the kind of disrespect and contempt that would have gotten him squawking like a stuck chickenhawk if any liberal host dared to treat him that way.
Ramos’ sin, in Hannity’s eyes, was to call his BFF Donald Trump a racist. “You throw around this word ‘racism’ with a sense of being so casual I find offensive,” Hannity complained.
Ramos’ other sin was to argue that Mexican immigrants are not the kinds of criminals Donald Trump painted them as. But Hannity has visited the border a few times and that, apparently, makes him a bigger expert than Mexican-born Ramos, known as the Walter Cronkite of Latino America.
HANNITY: I’ve been down to the Mexican border. …I sat through an intelligence briefing on the border, with our border officials and Governor Rick Perry and they showed the numbers (of criminal immigrants) and they put up on the screen, over an eight-year period, that there were 642,000 crimes committed by illegal immigrants against Texans including rape and murder.
FactCheck.org debunked this data in 2014. But Hannity apparently doesn’t need no stinkin' fact check. “I have been down to the border more than any other reporter I know,” he later boasted.
And that was all the credibility he needed to all but call Ramos a criminal: “You don’t support the rule of law in America, otherwise you would say, ‘Respect our laws,’” Hannity said condemningly.
Actually, Ramos never said anything to indicate a disrespect for U.S. laws but we know for sure that Cliven-Bundy-loving and torture-supporting Hannity readily disrespects U.S. laws when they get in the way of his agenda.
“Are you willing to gamble with the lives of the American people?” Hannity asked accusingly. “I’m not.”
Of course he is. Hannity not only lusts for more war, he still loves the Iraq war. Not that he ever put his own fanny on the line for his country. Heck, he’s still ducking his pledge to undergo waterboarding, which he called “dunking," for charity.
“You gotta think twice about throwing that ‘racist’ word around,” he lectured Ramos.
Watch his disgusting treatment of Ramos below, from the March 23 Hannity.
I have made this point many times when Ramos has appeared on Fox, most recently here:
I will say he had a very interesting conversation with Megyn Kelly last week but you know that if she wasn’t feuding with Trump, she would have given Ramos the same treatment.
I’m a believer in liberals going on Fox but they have to be prepared for what what they’re going to face and fight fire with fire!
What’s troubling to me is Trump and Hannity loosely toss around the term “Mexican” when they really mean “Hispanics”. Though lost on the Fox News clowns is the fact there are plenty of ‘Illegal immigrants’ of other races who, say, overstay their visas which the [white] Foxy pundit class and their favorite Klandidates strangely are never exercised over.
It just proves you don’t understand the concept. To most Whites, anyone who’s not of EUROPEAN heritage exclusively can face racism. Skin color has VERY little to do with it. That can play a factor, but here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that when Lucille Ball wanted her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, to play her TV husband for a project that she and Desi had planned, executives at CBS television balked at the idea because they feared affiliated stations (mostly in the South and Southwest) would refuse to air a show featuring an INTERRACIAL couple. In Texas, in the 1950s, it was still against the law for a “white” person to marry a “Mexican” person (if the Mexican’s skin tone was less white than their prospective spouse).
And, of course, throughout the South (in the “Jim Crow” era), the “one-drop rule” applied. You could look whiter than a typical Klan rally, but if you had even “one drop” of “Colored blood,” that made you “Colored.” (Ironically, for prostitutes in New Orleans, this made some “octoroon” pros very costly. The pricing scale for most brothels put the “octoroon” ladies at the very top, with “pure-white” ladies just below. Other racial mixes fell below that while “pure-Black” ladies were typically in the “bargain basement.” The “octoroon” ladies had the “right” skin color but the “thrill” for the john of “breaking the color barrier”—in fact, it wasn’t unheard of for some “pure-white” women to fake their backgrounds by adding some “color,” for financial reasons.)
For Ramos—who’s Mexican—I don’t know his specific family history, but the “blancos” (those who are of “pure” European ancestry) are very uncommon. A majority of Mexicans are “Mestizos” (generally mixed with European and Native American genes, but European/African and African/Native American are also “Mestizo”) of varying degrees. And since he’s Mexican, if he’d lived in Texas growing up, he’d very likely have heard the “w” term more than once. I can tell you (having lived in El Paso/Ft Bliss for several years growing up) that the word was VERY common—rarely spoken in “polite” company but as common there as the “n-word” was (is) used in the South.
Typically, Fox producers pre-interview potential show interviewees in advance but in Ramos’ case all they have to do is review tapes of his many previous Fox News encounters.
I like Jorge but I’ve seen him interviewed several times by cons like O’Reilly and he’s an easy mark. He’s rarely prepared and easy to derail into emotional sidetracks where he ignores the question and that little thing known as facts. So I blame Ramos more than Hannity for this abortion of a debate.
For example, Jorge repeatedly embarrassed himself and completely undermined his argument by dodging the ‘all Mexicans are rapists’ talking point. What Der Furor said was “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Have it ready to throw into Sean’s face. It will come up in a Fox News interview it always does.
So while you’re asking Sean why he’s apologizing for Trump’s initial race-baiting express not being impressed by his series of waffling walk-backs.
You might want to toss in the fact that a lot of people crossing the border aren’t “Mexicans” and far more are fleeing violence than are part of a laughable Trump created conspiracy theory they’re sent here by the Mexican government. Bonus point here: Is this how Donald ‘Art of the Deal’ Trump creates trust with the Mexican government he hopes to build a huuuuuuuge wall for us?
Then ask if Sean would have sent all of our forefather Italian immigrants back to their homeland over the Mafia.
At this point of my hypothetical interview flipping a—wipe Sean the bird is appropriate. ;^)
With Ramos, Hannity offered a sneering disrespect he would never have demonstrated with someone like Gingrich, repeatedly yelling at Ramos “I don’t need to be lectured by you!” and interrupting him before he could complete a sentence.
I note that Hannity deliberately ignored Ramos’ appropriate question about how Hannity could fail to address Donald Trump’s offensive comments about women in general and Megyn Kelly in specific.
I would offer that there’s a clear reason why Hannity is so angry with Jorge Ramos, and why his tantrum this evening had such a particular panic flavor to it. The right wing knows that Donald Trump is unlikely to carry any voter base other than angry white straight men. The right wing knows that one of the major reasons that Mitt Romney was humiliated in 2012 was because he couldn’t get Latino voters to choose him in the ballot box. So one of their goals has been to get more Latino/Hispanic/Chicano voters to go for a GOP candidate. Except that they’ve never figured out that insulting this group will not convince them to vote for you. So it must be Jorge Ramos’ fault that Donald Trump has repeatedly insulted non-white voters. Sure, that must be it.
So, Hannity “sat through” an intelligence briefing with former TX gov. Rick “Helmethair” Perry — who, as with all TX governors, has no real authority; most of the state’s executive functions and actions are carried out by the Lt. Gov., per the state constitution.
Seannie Poo, did you actually have any input at that intel briefing, or did you just sit in a corner and attempt to look smart? Did anyone even notice you were there?
Hannity, you’re as much a “border security expert” by virtue of having been to the Mexican border, as Bill O’Reilly is a “war correspondent” from having covered the Falklands conflict from his hotel suite . . .