At 9:25 p.m. tonight, as "Live" flashed on the screen, Hannity claimed that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) "doesn't wan't to be seen with the president."
Bret Baier probably thought he was getting a really good tweak in by highlighting CNN personalities who have previously criticized incoming host Eliot Spitzer for his behavior while he was governor of New York:
In fact, the clip does more to point out that CNN seems to have an atmosphere where criticisms can be made of politicians from both sides of the aisle, instead of following Fox News' pattern of blatant promotion in favor of the Republican party (Fox's parent company has literally invested in the GOP).
There are a lot of once (and future?) Republican candidates on Fox's roster (Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum, among others) but you'd have a hard time assembling a similar montage of criticism of them by Fox News personalities. It's not how things are done over there. And when criticism is offered, the critic is often pilloried for deviating from the official line as Karl Rove was when he discussed Christine O'Donnell's "checkered background." Rove soon returned to Fox with praise for O'Donnell, apparently learning his Fox News lesson.
So, while Baier points and laughs at CNN, the joke seems to be on Fox.
After watching Dick Morris' most recent interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, you might wonder why there wasn't a flashing 1-800 number and a reminder that operators were "standing by," because the infamously ethically challenged Fox News political analyst had a lot of causes to crassly promote in a small window of time. All of them had one thing in common: Dick Morris.
In case your head is spinning from all the pitches, here is a recap of Morris' product lineup:
How much would you expect to pay for all these fabulous items? Well, considering the pitchman and his ethical track record, you should probably think twice.
Fox News devoted at least 2 hours 33 minutes on September 22 and 23 to promoting, discussing, and reporting on House Republicans' "Pledge to America," their legislative agenda for the next Congress.
Right wing blogs were forced to issue humiliating updates after their most recent fake story -- that the Israeli delegation had rejected President Obama by "skip[ping]" his speech to the United Nations -- completely dissolved. In fact, the Israeli delegation was absent because they were observing the Jewish holiday Sukkot.
On Fox News, Glenn Beck promoted Eustace Mullins' book Secrets of the Federal Reserve. Mullins was a 9/11 truther who has been described as an "anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist" and a "nationally known white supremacist"; the Anti-Defamation League called the book Beck promoted "a re-hash of Mullins' anti-Semitic theories about the origins of the Federal Reserve."
Bill O'Reilly attacked comments from former President Jimmy Carter about Fox News' race baiting and its role in promoting falsehoods about President Obama's citizenship and religion. But Carter was right: birtherism, race baiting attacks on Obama, and lies about his religion have all found a home on Fox News.
It isn't often that someone's hypocrisy is exposed by their own words in a matter of seconds, but Sean Hannity was up to the task on tonight's edition of Hannity:
Hannity attacked the media for reporting on Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's 1999 admission that she had "dabbled in witchcraft" since it was something that occurred in the past, when she was "in high school." Less than a minute after making this defense of O'Donnell, Hannity referred to her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons as "the bearded Marxist," which is a reference to an opinion piece Coons wrote 20 years ago in his college newspaper.
Apparently things in the past don't matter to Hannity, unless he opposes you, which then means they matter a lot.
This new-found distaste for reporting on past statements and associations flies in the face of Hannity's long-time tactic of attacking Democrats for their past associations or behavior, no matter how tenuous or untethered from reality.
In an absurd monologue attacking President Obama and those affiliated with him as radicals, Glenn Beck again singled out Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, which he described as being recommended for "our teachers and our students" by the National Educational Association (NEA):
In the run-up to Delaware's Republican Senate primary, conservative media figures noticed that their colleagues are "lazy and unfair" "idiot[s]" and "mouthpieces for the Republican establishment" who engage in "ranting, not serious arguments" and whose commentary consists of "smear tactics," "mischaracterizations," "exaggerated claims," "slander," and "attributing sinister or corrupt motives to those who disagree with them."