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Sean Hannity Distorts Obama’s Insurance Co. Comment

Sean Hannity needs to clean his ears, or learn that he can’t get away with his lies… Here he is, discussing comments President Obama made about Insurance Co. executives:

HANNITY: One of the things, Frank, you have been very, very clear about — and I think our audience has learned a lot from you as we’ve done our dial groups and our focus groups, etc. — is this tendency to go negative. And he had a very different tone on Monday, but when he said tonight that insurance executives are bad people, it took me back because it was so harsh, and I think unfair, but it’s part of their polling. Let’s roll this tape, and I want to get your reaction to it.

What’s odd is that the clip that Hannity plays shows that he’s wrong. This is what Obama actually said:

OBAMA: Without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down. And it makes it easier for insurance companies to treat their customers badly by cherry-picking the healthiest individuals and trying to drop the sickest, by overcharging small businesses who have no leverage, and by jacking up rates. Insurance executives don’t do this because they’re bad people; they do it because it’s profitable.

Obviously, Obama is stating the opposite of what Hannity is claiming.

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Sean Hannity’s Weak Argument For Using Term ‘Czars’

A lot of focus is being put on so-called “Czars,” or advisers, in the Obama Administration, even though the same faux outrage was not staged for advisers of previous administrations. So, why the outrage? Why the new terminology? Sean Hannity tries to answer that, and fails.

Hannity claims that the term is used because the White House, itself, uses it. However, his montage only provides clips that show responses, a joke and a reference to the long standing position dubbed “drug czar” (Both Bushes & Reagan had “drug czars”)

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– On July 13, Obama did use the term “Drug Czar” when referring to Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

– Hannity’s March 11 clip of Gibbs saying, “I think I’ve been asked in this room any number of times if the czars in our White House to deal with energy and health care had too much power” was in response to a reporter’s question. In fact, the first person to use the term “czar” in that briefing was Fox News reporter Major Garrett.

– At the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association dinner in June, Obama was joking when he said, “ABC is planning a series called ‘Dancing with the Czars.’” It was part of his comedy routine at the dinner.

– Hannity’s fourth clip was taken from the same March 11 press briefing as his second clip. In fact, it was in response to the exact same question, and came just a sentence later.

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Sean Hannity’s New Job: Getting Rid of Czars

Sean Hannity has now made it official – his job is to get rid of all of the “czars,” AKA riding on Glenn Beck’s coat tails. Never mind that so-called “czars” are nothing new… Is he going to go back in time and get rid of Bush’s, Clinton’s Reagan’s, etc. ?

HANNITY: Do you want another czar?

CROWD: No!

HANNITY: I don’t think so. By the way, we got rid of one, and my job starting tomorrow night is to get rid of every other one. I promise you that!

One way to get rid of “czars” is to call them what they are: Advisers.

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Sean Hannity’s Thesis Paper Hypocrisy

Sean Hannity is known for his hypocrisy, criticising what he is guilty of having done himself… Here is a transcript from his show attacking so-called smears about Bob McDonnell’s graduate school thesis paper. Keep reading below for a similar transcript of Hannity doing the same…

HANNITY: By the way, we’ve got to watch out, folks. We’ve been telling you about the lead that Bob McDonnell has in the state of Virginia; that lead is now cut in half. There’s been an all-out war declared by The Washington Post against Bob McDonnell, a solid conservative. And the effort to smear, besmirch, demonize, and impact that election is under full way here, and a lot of this has to do — well, they went through the great effort to dig up a graduate school thesis that he wrote, and they’re claiming that, well, he’s saying that “homosexuality, working women, and abortion are detrimental to traditional American families.”

McDonnell has repudiated much of the thesis during a conference call with reporters, but it doesn’t matter. I mean, it’s OK, that was, let’s see, 20 years ago, we’ll go back to opinions that he might have held at a time when he’s writing a thesis, which by design is supposed to be provocative, and yet they’re not holding Barack Obama accountable to the pastor whose church he still went to throughout the campaign until he had to get rid of the pastor. America’s chickens have come home to roost, U.S. of KKK –

HANNITY: Now if they put the same energy into — into investigating Barack Obama, I wonder if we would have had a different result in that election? You see how abusively biased the media can be? It’s unbelievable.

Perhaps he forgot that he smeared, besmirched and demonized Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton for their thesis papers, released more than 20 years ago.

HANNITY: Chapter six, the thesis. It’s a 38-year-old document that’s been rumored about, analyzed, debated, criticized, and defended. Until recently, few have read it because it was hidden away at the request of Bill Clinton’s administration for the eight years he was in office.

These 90 pages, steeped in intrigue and mystery, are the senior thesis of Hillary D. Rodham, Wellesley College class of 1969. Hillary’s thesis, elevated to mystical status from years of secrecy, is now available to anyone inclined to visit Wellesley’s archives.

It begs the question: Why was it so important to the Clintons to keep it a secret. How can the words of a 21-year-old political science major be so damaging and explosive? And most importantly, why did the Clintons ask Wellesley College to hide the thesis in 1993?

Once dubbed a Rosetta Stone, the answer may lie in the fact that it exposes the real Hillary Clinton. In her own words, it allows readers to decipher the true thinking of the former first lady and now 2008 presidential hopeful.

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HANNITY: What’s the real reason behind the Clintons’ desperate attempt to have it banned? Many biographers see it as evidence of the Marxist and socialist views of the young Hillary Rodham — views that she tries to downplay depending on the political winds but clearly maintains today.

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Fox News Warns Democrats About Patriotic Music

Various Fox News personalities have been fixating on what they call an attempt to “kill” their patriotic music. Here is what they had to say, then check the whole truth below.

BRET BAIER: “[T]he House of Representatives today faced the music and reversed a decision to kill the patriotic tunes callers hear when they’re put on hold.”

SEAN HANNITY: “Now, up until now, you probably have been enjoying lovely patriotic tunes. Well, that is until Nancy Pelosi had anything to say about it. Under the current Democratic leadership, patriotic music was replaced with smooth jazz elevator music.”

STEVE DOOCY: “[I]n what has got to go down as one of the most boneheaded moves of the summer, which is now concluding as we approach Labor Day, apparently Nancy Pelosi and the House leadership had said … we’re going to have a test project where, for three weeks, we’re going to get rid of the patriotic music.”

So, what’s really going on? There is no conspiracy to eliminate patriotic music. House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Daniel Beard’s spokesman Jeff Ventura had this to say:

The music was changed during recess as a pilot program in an attempt to offer offices a choice of hold music. [...]

This had nothing to do with the leadership — not in the beginning or the final outcome.

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Fox News Accuses Obama of ‘Indoctrinating Students’

People associated with Fox News, such as Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, are advancing the theory that President Obama‘s back-to-school speech is an attempt to “indoctrinate” America’s children, whatever that means… Keep in mind that it is not mandatory for schools to show the speech.

GLENN BECK: “Gee, who is having indoctrination next week? Oh, yeah, that’s right, the president”

SEAN HANNITY: “it seems very close to indoctrination”

MONICA CROWLEY: “just when you think this administration can’t get any more surreal and Orwellian, here they come to indoctrinate our kids”

MICHELLE MALKIN: “the left has always used kids in public schools as guinea pigs and as junior lobbyists for their social liberal agenda.”

Not only that, but The Fox Nation web site presents the following, today, asking if people are going to keep their kids home from school the day of the speech.

The real purpose of Obama’s back-to-school speech? Simply to promote the idea of “persisting and succeeding in school” and the “imoprtance of education” …wow, sounds like something the devil would say… riiiiight… What this suggests is that Fox News does not agree with the President in wanting your children to be educated. Where would they get their viewers?

Of course, these Fox News personalities cannot provide anything more than pure speculation and paranoia. Keep that in mind the next time someone claims that Fox News is all about the truth.

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Sean Hannity’s Employee Calls Ted Kennedy ‘Piece of Garbage’

Eric Stranger is a Director of Affiliate Relations for The Sean Hannity Show and recently posted the following on Facebook.

The irony is that the media is already positioning Ted as a champion for the little man against wealth and privilege. This piece of garbage was the poster child for wealth and privilege. Hopefully, this event will mark the end of this repugnant family and all the endless crap, entitlement, personal indulgences and collateral damage (Kopechne, Bessette, Bowman, Moxely, etc.).

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That puts a new meaning to “don’t be a Stranger.”

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Sean Hannity’s Social Security Misquote

Sean Hannity, often times factually deficient, made the following statement about the future of Social Security…

HANNITY: How does this impact? Two bits of news came out today that really scared me on top of all the bad economic news that we got last week that I’ll ask you about in a second.

Max Baucus says Social Security could face default within two years. He said that yesterday. And we have hundreds of dealers have dumped the Cash for Clunkers program. They’re not getting paid.

Sean Hannity attributed the “default” statement to Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) when, in fact, it was Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) who made the statement. And, Bachus’ staff had clarified that he meant to say that Social Security could face a “deficit,” not “default.”

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Fox News Misleads About AARP Membership Loss

Fox News is reporting that American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has lost 60,000 members since July 1, 2009. Keep reading to see why the following claims are BS.

Hannity claimed loss of 60,000 members “very indicative.” On August 18, Fox News’ Sean Hannity stated: “[W]hat are we to make of the AARP? According to reports now — CBS News had a report — 60,000 members of the AARP have left. I think that’s very indicative that they’re losing seniors. There is a conservative alternative, American Seniors for Choice, which is against Obama’s plan. They gained as many as 5,000 members.” He also stated that AARP’s “love affair” with President Obama “has cost the AARP tens of thousands of members.”

Fox News’ Van Susteren: “Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP.” On the August 18 edition of her Fox News show, Greta Van Susteren stated: “They’re out — 60,000 of them. Sixty thousand senior citizens have bolted AARP since July 1.” She then interviewed an AARP member who stated that she is planning to quit the group because of her views on the AARP’s position on health care reform.

Doocy: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP.” On August 19, Fox News Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated: “Sixty thousand people: that is the number of people who have left or canceled AARP — the American Association of Retired Persons — since July 1st. Some members are outraged and continue to criticize the over-50 group because of their support for health care reform.” The following graphic appeared onscreen while Doocy spoke:

There are two sides to every story, and in this case the other side provides the whole truth… Let’s look at the figures, first, regarding membership numbers for AARP to see why Fox News’ claims are misleading. AARP claims that they regularly lose 300,000 members per month due to reasons including death. AARP also gained 400,000 members and 1.5 million members have renewed since July 1. AARP has around 40 million members, making that 60,000 a fraction of a percent.

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Hypocrite Hannity Against Snitching, Asks Fans To Snitch

Sean Hannity is among the conspiracy nuts out there concerned about the flag@whitehouse.gov email address, similar to the “Fight the Smears” campaign. The email address that was provided so the White House could address rumors and lies about health care reform. The health care reform that is being attacked at Town Hall meetings. The Town Hall meetings Hannity now wants his viewers to monitor and record Democrats at.

In other words, Sean Hannity proves, once again, that he’s a hypocrite. He is afraid of snitches, but asks his audience to snitch. Is it ok? Is it not ok? He can’t make up his mind! Hint: it’s only ok when it benefits him.

Sean Hannity talking about flag@whitehouse.gov:

HANNITY: It almost sounds like a secret police where citizens now report on each other, doesn’t it?

Sean Hannity talking about Town Hall meetings:

HANNITY: This is where your cell phones come in very handy at these events, so you can chronicle just how the Democratic Party really feels about America and Americans and free speech.

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Fox News Hosts Criticize Obama on Nonexistent Provision

The Drudge Report & Rush Limbaugh have floated a false accusation that President Obama has not read, or is not familiar with certain provisions of the House health care reform bill. Even after the accusations were debunked, Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade all criticized Obama for the same reason.

July 21 – Hannity (talking with Dana Perino):

HANNITY: The president is rushing Congress to produce a health care bill before the August recess, but apparently he’s not reading the bill too closely. Now listen to his response when asked by a blogger about a provision in the House bill.

OBAMA : You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about. Let me just speak for the Obama administration.

July 21 – Your World With Neil Cavuto (does not challenge flasehood):

DeMINT: And now he wants to pass something that affects a fifth of our total economy in the next two weeks, and no one has even seen an entire bill. He doesn’t even know what’s in it, and he’s admitted it

July 22 – Fox & Friends:

DOOCY: We are going to talk to her about it. So there he is, and somebody wants to know about one particular part, section 102, because it’s very important to all of us. Let’s hear what the president had to say about it.

OBAMA : You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about. Let me just speak for the Obama administration.

KILMEADE: And here’s — so I thought, OK, 102 — it’s over 1,000 pages.

DOOCY: Right.

KILMEADE: So it’s no big deal. Maybe we are demanding too much.

The fact of the matter is that the provision referenced by Hannity, Cavuto, Doocy & Kilmeade does not exist. How did this start? A blogger asked Obama to comment on a claim made in a July 15 Investor’s Business Daily editorial. The blogger claimed that the bill “will make individual private medical insurance illegal.” Obama responded, “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you’re talking about.” – because it does not exist.

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Sean Hannity ‘Slams’ Obama on Behalf of Mayo Clinic

On July 21, Sean Hannity uttered another falsehood about Obama and health care reform. Hannity incorrectly stated that the Mayo Clinic “slams the president’s [health care] proposal.” Furthermore, Hannity referred to it as Obama’s “nanny state, cradle to the grave, womb to the tomb, nationalized health care socialized system.”

Hannity must not keep up with current events. On July 16, the Mayo Clinic did issue a statement, criticizing the House bill for “fail[ing] to use a fundamental lever — a change in Medicare payment policy — to help drive necessary improvements in American health care.” However, the Obama Administration has suggested revisions to address Medicare payment rates, which the Mayo Clinic then applauded.

The May Clinic’s Health Policy blog stated, “We applaud the direction” of the Obama administration’s IMAC proposal, adding, “This, and other, bold concepts have the potential to ‘bend the cost curve’ in U.S. health spending without compromising health.”

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Sean Hannity Spreads Health Insurance Falsehood

Sean Hannity has been caught making stuff up about health care reform again. I love the comments and emails about how Fox News reports the truth. Take a look at the following and tell me how, exactly, is Hannity reporting the truth…

HANNITY: — artificial deadline — but the more people become aware of what’s in this thing, if we look at the provisions of the bill, it’s pretty astounding. For example, if you’re not — if you don’t have private insurance the year that this bill is passed, you can’t get that later on from your employer.

In fact, section 311 of the tri-committee House health care reform bill allows employers to meet coverage requirements by offering employees “coverage under a qualified health benefits plan (or under a current employment-based health plan (within the meaning of section 102(b))) in accordance with section 312.”

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To Sean Hannity NYC Central Park = the Rest of the World

Whatever chance Sean Hannity has to bash a Democrat, Al Gore for example, he will take it… This time, he not only brings up Al Gore, but also dismisses climate change because of a report about cooler weather in New York’s Central Park.

FRANK LUNTZ (Republican pollster): Now, the Democratic approach is to talk about climate change. And when you’ve seen what happened with Katrina, Al Gore’s movie — the public does believe that the environment needs to be addressed. And so the battle now is: Who’s going to offer the most jobs? Are they green jobs or not? Who’s got the best solution to deal with it?

HANNITY: But let me ask you — because new information came out. This is the coolest June on record, the eighth coolest, and they’re going back to the 1800s, Frank.

LUNTZ: I know. I’ve actually gone back to cotton.

HANNITY: Well, I — but the point is that most people may be buying into Al Gore’s movie, but it’s not reality, and it’s not science.

Sean, you do know there is a whole planet experiencing a warming trend spanning several decades, right? No? Might want to look into that… Here’s a hint: It’s Earth.

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Sean Hannity Caught Manipulating More Video of Obama

Known for manipulating video for desired shameful effect and badly misquoting Barack Obama, Sean Hannity was caught doing it again, this time of Obama discussing the Cold War. Obama acknowledged the roles of past leaders to lift the Iron Curtain, but the video Hannity aired was edited to exclude that part:

OBAMA: There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage, and I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. We don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

Hannity followed up that edited clip with:

HANNITY: Unbelievable. Now, that’s interesting, because Lech Walesa, the leader of the Polish Solidarity Movement, said this about the end of the Cold War; he said, quote: “We in Poland took him, Ronald Reagan, so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. Now this can’t be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century.” Mr. President, if I were you, you may want to consider hitting the history books maybe before your next foreign trip.

Here’s what President Obama really said:

OBAMA: Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

But, you know, we don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.

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