Fox News' Sean Hannity asserted that Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) statement that "our troops are killing civilians, air raiding villages" is "not true." However, U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan -- and accounts of resulting civilian casualties -- have been widely reported in the media and have reportedly provoked criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai and others.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity stated that "The Wall Street Journal reported that John Edwards had invested in and worked for a company that is foreclosing on residents of New Orleans," adding: "The Edwards campaign has since announced that the senator will divest from the company." However, Hannity did not note that the Journal also reported that Edwards "pledged that he would personally provide financial assistance to New Orleanians who are facing foreclosure by [the company] or have lost their homes already."
On Hannity's America, Sean Hannity asserted that Sen. Barack Obama was "bashing America" and "accus[ing] U.S. soldiers of killing innocent Afghani civilians" during a campaign appearance. In fact, accounts of civilian casualties resulting from U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan have been widely reported, and Obama expressed support for increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan so the U.S. military is not so reliant on air strikes in the region. Hannity has repeatedly mischaracterized Obama's comments on Afghanistan.
While discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton's newest campaign ad, Sean Hannity agreed with a caller who argued that "Monica Lewinsky and all those other women that Bill Clinton raped were invisible to her." Hannity replied, "I wish I'd thought of that."
On Hannity & Colmes, during a segment highlighting Barack Obama's August 13 remark that "[w]e've got to get the job done there [in Afghanistan] and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians," an on-screen graphic read: "Obama criticizes U.S. troops for 'air-raiding villages and killing civilians.' " During the show, co-host Sean Hannity asserted that Obama was "slamming the troops," and later suggested that Obama had "attack[ed] our troops as murderers." In fact, Obama expressed support for increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan so the U.S. military is not so reliant on airstrikes in the region.
On Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity repeatedly mischaracterized Barack Obama's recent statements about the war in Afghanistan, the use of force against terrorists in Pakistan, and the use of nuclear weapons.
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