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Sean Hannity Makes Comments, Church Receives Threats

President Obama and family visited Shiloh Baptist Church in the District for Easter Sunday services. FNC’s Sean Hannity aired a clip of Rev. Wallace Charles Smith giving a speech where he denounced hate speech in talk radio. Hannity proceeded to compare Rev. Smith to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor and questioning Obama’s connection to each. Since then, Rev. Smith’s church began receiving threats…

The Rev. Wallace Charles Smith said the church has received more than 100 threats since Fox News channel’s Sean Hannity aired a tape Monday of a speech Smith gave in January 2010 at Eastern University in Saint Davids, Pa.

“We received a fax that had the image of a monkey with a target across is face,” Smith said. “My secretary has received telephone calls that have been so vulgar until she has had to hang up.”

Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all worshipped at Shiloh Baptist Church.

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Anderson Cooper Calls out Sean Hannity

Fox News host Sean Hannity aired a special on “liberal media bias” that CNN’s Anderson Cooper claims was edited in a “completely misleading way.”

In the clip from Hannity’s show, Cooper is shown calling the attacks on Joseph Wilson, the former Bush administration ambassador who set off the Valerie Plame scandal, “a victim of a Bush administration smear campaign.” However, as Cooper showed, the clip had begun in the middle of a sentence. Cooper was actually saying that Wilson was claiming to be a victim of a smear campaign, not stating his own personal opinion.

“I try to choose my words very carefully and I don’t like it when someone cuts around them to make it seem like I’m saying something I’m not,” he said, adding that he hoped Hannity did not “knowingly, falsely edit something to make a point. After all, that would be biased.”

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Sean Hannity Repeats Myth About Elana Kagen and Military Recruiters at Harvard

Sean Hannity, jumps on the Anti-Kagan bandwagon and does his part to further a myth about Kagan banning military recruiters from the Harvard campus during her tenure as dean of Harvard Law School.

HANNITY: The White House actually released their own video of Elena Kagan, their choice for — the president’s choice for the Supreme Court. Her most notable act, of course, is throwing military recruiters on college campus at Harvard, you know, off the college campus in the middle of a war in violation of federal law. And even the most liberal members of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, said she didn’t have the right to do that.

Not so fast, Sean…

Throughout Kagan’s tenure as dean, Harvard law students had access to military recruiters — either through Harvard’s Office of Career Services or through the Harvard Law School Veterans Association.

Additionally, there was, apparently, no adverse affect.

[T]he number of graduates from each of those classes who entered the military was equal to or greater than the number who entered the military from any of Harvard’s previous five classes.

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One Year Since Sean Hannity Agreed to be Waterboarded

One year ago, today, Sean Hannity agreed to be waterboarded for charity. He has yet to do it, not even for the troops’ families as he said he would…

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Bill Hemmer: His Show vs. FNC ‘Opinion’ Shows

Bill Hemmer, the anchor of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, stated that Fox News’ “opinion” programs don’t bleed into his “news” program…

TVNEWSER: The evening opinion hosts get a lot of press and a lot of attention … I’m kind of wondering, do you think that there’s any sort of effect on the news reporters and anchors?

HEMMER: I hope not.  You wonder if some of that bleeds over into other areas.  In our case, it does not. On our broadcast, with Martha MacCallum and me, we shoot it down the middle at 9am and for the next several hours after that.

Here are numerous examples to prove Hemmer wrong:

Don’t have time to read? Here is some disturbing imagery – disturbing to Hemmer’s credibility that is…

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Sean Hannity: ‘George Bush…did not play golf while this country was at war.’

Sean Hannity, speaking with former Bush adviser Nicolle Wallace, made an absurdly ridiculous claim, which, of course, was not refuted by Wallace, nor anyone else at Fox News.

HANNITY: George Bush who you worked for did not play golf while this country was at war. He didn’t want the families of loved ones serving, well, that they may have lost the loved ones seeing him on a golf course.

WALLACE: Yes, I mean…

HANNITY: He seemed to be far more in touch.

Remember, “We must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive.” and all the time spent in Crawford?

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It’s been suggested that it wasn’t the war that made Bush cut down on his golfing, but rather doctor’s orders. Of course, two months after Bush said he quit playing golf (2003) he spent Columbus Day playing with “three long-time buddies” and also attended a golf fundraiser for John McCain in 2008. Condoleezza Rice; however, didn’t give up her game – where was Hannity to call her out-of-touch in 2008?

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Sean Hannity Chosen for ‘Voice’ for GOP at NRCC Fundraiser

The National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner is next month and who did they choose to deliver the keynote address? None other than Fox NewsSean Hannity. The reason? According to NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), it’s Hannity’s fighting for conservative values.

Last year’s fundraising dinner was headlined by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and a NRCC dinner last June was headlined by Newt Gingrich (replaced Sarah Palin). The NRCC has moved from Republican governors and a former House Speaker to a Fox News personality (formerly a general contractor and bartender)… Did the GOP run out of their own qualified voices?

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2009: A Year of Fox News Political Activism

Media Matters for America has released the following list exemplifying Fox News’ transition from a mere conservative “news” outlet to a complete right-wing political organization.

  • Fox News personalities set goals to “get rid” of administration officials, “take the administration down.”
  • Fox News led the charge against Van Jones and was widely credited for his resignation.
  • Fox News repeatedly and falsely accused Kevin Jennings of unlawfully failing to report “statutory rape.”
  • Hannity, in particular, crusaded against Jennings and has declared, “I want him fired.”
  • Beck repeatedly targeted NEA’s Yosi Sergant; Sergant was reassigned, then resigned.
  • Fox News figures advanced falsehoods about Cass Sunstein, including that he supports “forced sterilizations” and mandatory organ donations.
  • Fox News figures falsely claimed John Holdren supported “forced abortions” and forced sterilization.
  • Hannity repeatedly advanced dubious claim that Harold Koh supported the use of Sharia law in U.S. courts.
  • Fox News targeted Anita Dunn over remarks about Mao Zedong.
  • Beck launched 9-12 Project, which he said spurred “millions” to get “involved” in protests, including 9-12 march on Washington.
  • Fox News relentlessly promoted 9-12 protest.
  • Fox News heavily promoted April 15 tea parties.
  • Fox News aired over 100 commercial promotions and over 20 segments in less than two weeks.
  • Fox News’ coverage boosted protests, pushed other outlets to cover.
  • Fox promoted anti-health care reform disruptions of town halls.
  • Fox News’ town hall coverage amplified opponents of health care reform, ignored supporters.
  • Bachmann: “[W]e began this on Sean Hannity’s show.”
  • Hannity aired video from much larger 9-12 rally while discussing Bachmann’s rally.
  • In 2008, Morris asked Fox viewers to “give funds to GOPTrust.com” without noting his apparent financial ties to the organization.
  • After asking Fox News viewers for donations, Morris boasted about raising $2.5 million for ads against health care reform.
  • Huckabee sends viewers to his PAC — which pays his daughter’s salary and supports Republican politicians –under the guise of signing a petition.
  • Huck PAC asks “balancecutsave.com” petition signers to help remove Democratic health care proponents from office and campaign for conservative candidates.
  • Fox News led charge against ACORN.
  • O’Reilly: ACORN story “driven by Fox News almost entirely.”
  • Republicans thanked Fox News for its ACORN advocacy.
  • Hannity repeatedly pushed claim that Endangered Species Act protections are responsible for farmers’ hardship.
  • Hannity reportedly persuaded to do show by Republican congressman.
  • Hannity advocacy praised, seized on by Republicans.
  • Fox News devoted round-the-clock coverage to Gingrich’s anti-Obama advocacy.
  • Gingrich frequently promotes falsehoods, engages in advocacy on Fox News.

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Sean Hannity’s Email Hacking Hypocrisy

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Is Sarah Palin a Cash Cow for Fox News and News Corp?

Fox News Channel is owned by News Corp, who also owns Harper Collins, the publisher of Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue. It’s no surprise, many Fox News personalities were lined up to interview Palin and provide free publicity for her book. Early last month she posted the following on her Facebook page (emphasis added):

We’re in the process of arranging interviews with local and national media. An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

At the end of her book, Going Rogue, Sarah Palin thanks, by name, the “bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks” who “mak[e] the idiots’ heads spin” (emphasis added):

To some media professionals whom I admire because you don’t let anyone tell you to sit down and shut up, please keep making the idiots’ heads spin. Thanks for not taking our Freedom of the Press for granted, you bold and patriotic, fair and balanced media folks. Keep calling it like you see it: Amanda, Andrew, Ann, Bill(s), Bob, Cal, Dennis, Dick, Eddie, Fred, Glenn, Greta, Hugh, Joey, John, Jonah, Larry, Laura, Lou, Mark, Mary, Michael, Michelle, R.A.M., Rich, Rush, S.E., Sean, Tammy, Walter … and there are more. I join you in standing up for what is right. Remember that as your voice is heard and your spine is stiffened, the spines of others are stiffened, too. (Going Rogue, Page 413) Source

It’s a safe bet the people she’s referring to include Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity, in addition to Ann Coulter, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh.

If Palin is the type of person to like having two people fight over her, she must have been thrilled when she made her promotional rounds. Apparently, there was a feud between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity regarding who would would get to air their interview with Palin first. They both recorded their interviews on a Tuesday, but Hannity beat O’Reilly in getting it on air by a day. According to a Fox News insider, O’Reilly threw a “hissyfit” and released a teaser on YouTube. Source

Also important to note is that Greta Van Susteren hyped Palin’s book, saying, “the entire country is buzzing…” and “no one — and we mean no one — can stop talking about her.” She also criticized media who “pooh-poohed” Palin. However, Greta failed to disclose the fact that her husband, John Coale, was an adviser for Sarah Palin and is also the creator of the political action committee, SarahPAC. Source

Unless Palin enjoys sexist behavior, the love may not be universal. While she seemed to entertain the idea of a Sarah Palin / Glenn Beck ticket for the 2012 presidential election, and Beck would certainly have his lips firmly planted on her derriere, he remarked that “She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, ‘I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.’”

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Dana Perino Rewrites 9/11 History on Hannity

White House Press Secretary under George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor Dana Perino needs a history lesson on 9/11. While trying to classify the Ft. Hood shooting as a terrorist attack, Perino makes the crazy assertion that “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

With the new “zero tolerance” policy for errors, Sean Hannity surely corrected Perino, right? Wrong.

PERINO: And we had a terrorist attack on our country. And we should call it what it is. Because we need to face up to it so that we can prevent it from happening again.

HANNITY: I agree with you. And why won’t they say what you just so simply said?

PERINO: They want to do all of their investigations. I don’t know. All of the thinking that goes into it. But we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term. I hope they’re not looking at this politically. I do think we ought it to the American people to call it what it is.

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Sean Hannity Falsehood on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

While discussing Al Gore’s book, An Inconvenient Truth, with British filmmaker and climate change skeptic Phelim McAleer, the following inaccurate exchange took place:

HANNITY: Well, [Gore's] claiming that this court decision actually, you know, favored his point of view, that is absolutely false.

MCALEER: That is false.

HANNITY: Explain.

MCALEER: Well, the court case, it was a lengthy hearing, maybe a month of hearings, there was nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth they looked at and they found nine significant errors or exaggerations.

Hannity’s “absolutely false” claim, obviously meaning that the court did not favor Gore’s point of view whatsoever, is incorrect. Justice Michael Burton, actually stated that it is substantially founded upon scientific research and fact.” And:

I have no doubt that Dr Stott, the Defendant’s expert, is right when he says that: “Al Gore’s presentation of the causes and likely effects of climate change in the film was broadly accurate.”

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Sean Hannity Caught Using 9/12 Video to Inflate Bachmann Rally #s

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart slams Sean Hannity for trying to dupe his viewers by showing footage of the crowds from the 9/12 Project event in Washington DC and saying it was from Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) anti-health care reform protest. First, 9/12 supporters use attendance numbers from Obama’s Inauguration to inflate their own attendance, and now they’re using the actual 9/12 footage to inflate the numbers of the latest event.

Update: Sean Hannity has apologized. Did I just see something porcine go past my window?

HANNITY: Now on his program last night he mentioned that we had played some incorrect video on this program last week while talking about the Republican health care rally on Capitol Hill. He was correct. We screwed up. We aired some video of a rally in September, along with the video from the actual event. It was an inadvertent mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. So Mr. Stewart, you were right. We apologize. But by the way, I wanna thank you and all your writers for watching.

Translation: We inadvertently got caught.

Notice how he only apologized to Stewart? Where is the apology to his viewers? Perhaps his fans don’t expect one, because he is simply mirroring their own preconceived notions, right or wrong.

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Sean Hannity Attempts to Tie Ft. Hood Shooting To Obama

The Ft. Hood shooting was a tragedy. We can all agree on that. But to place the blame on President Obama to fuel some sick agenda is also tragic. Here’s a recent quote from Sean Hannity, trying to tie the shooting to the current president.

HANNITY: This Fort Hood situation is really beginning to disturb me and should disturb everybody. And that is that there is a chance our government knew all about this guy Hasan and did nothing because nobody wanted to be called an Islamophobe. We’re not talking about Islam, we’re talking about radical Islam. You know, this guy going in there, god is great, etc., etc., and all the things he’s saying. But everybody hat worked with him, Bob, knew ahead of time, our government apparently knew and did nothing. Now, this is a terrorist act, if in fact this was motivated in such a way. What does it say about Barack Obama and our government?

Of course, Hannity doesn’t provide any proof that Obama knew anything about Hasan, or the emails to Anwar al-Awlaki. He also conveniently ignores the fact that the emails were reportedly intercepted in late 2008, while Bush was in office.

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Fox News Promotes Rep. Bachmann’s Anti-Health Care Reform Protest

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is busy promoting her own anti-health care reform protest and Fox News is there to serve… as they did with the Tea Party protests, Town Hall disruptions and the 9/12 protest. But when it came to gay rights, FNC was nowhere to be seen.

Of course, The Fox Nation had to get in on the fun:

Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson was more than happy to help her former nanny promote her event.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: “They can go to FoxandFriends.com; we’ll link it to your website.”

Here’s Sean Hannity doing his part to promote the event:

HANNITY: So you’re organizing and asking people to come meet you on the steps of the Capitol on Thursday –

BACHMANN: Yes.

HANNITY: — and you are asking them –

BACHMANN: At high noon.

HANNITY: — to walk through the halls of Congress and try and voice your opinion. And so, if people want to participate, they’re going to be there Thursday at noon.

BACHMANN: Thursday at noon. You can go to MicheleBachmann.com for more information.

HANNITY: All right.

BACHMANN: And we can walk together through Cannon, Longworth, Rayburn, walk through the Capitol, sit in the gallery –

HANNITY: Maybe I’ll have to show up and observe this so our cameras can see democracy in action. But, Congresswoman, we’re going to continue to follow it.

You didn’t think Glenn Beck would pass up some protest promotion (gay rights aside), did you?

BECK: Michele, God bless you. We’ll get the word out and let’s have you on a little bit later on this week and we’ll continue to have you make the pitch for people going to Washington, D.C., noon this Thursday, and look them in the whites of their eyes.

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