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  • Despite Fox News' confirmation of the story, Hannity and Swift Boat Vets' O'Neill attacked Murtha for reporting on Haditha incident

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, host Sean Hannity and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth co-founder John E. O'Neill attacked Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) for saying that a pending military report will show that U.S. Marines deliberately killed innocent Iraqi citizens during a November 2005 raid in Haditha. Murtha served in the Marines for 37 years prior to joining the United States Congress. Yet, while condemning Murtha for discussing the Haditha incident, Hannity did not similarly fault Fox chief White House correspondent Brett Baier, who earlier that day also noted the pending report.

  • Hannity falsely claimed Obama, Reid "attack[ed]" U.S. troops in Iraq

    ››› ››› SIMON MALOY

    On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity and John O'Neill, co-founder of the discredited Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, attacked Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) for saying that the American military presence in Iraq is helping to fuel the insurgency there, a position held by several U.S. generals conducting the war in Iraq.

  • Hannity deemed Patrick Kennedy announcement "big news story of the day"; ignored Goss resignation

    ››› ››› BEN ARMBRUSTER

    On May 5, Fox News' Sean Hannity declared that Rep. Patrick Kennedy's (D-RI) announcement that he will enter a treatment program for a prescription drug addiction was the "big news of the day," while completely ignoring the resignation of CIA director Porter Goss. The Kennedy story spanned four entire segments and received more than 20 minutes of airtime on the May 5 edition of Hannity & Colmes, while news of Goss's resignation appeared in only two short "newsbreaks" that were separate from the show itself.

  • Hannity compared a vote for Hillary Clinton to a vote for Hamas or Hezbollah

    ››› ››› BEN FISHEL

    Sean Hannity compared voting for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) to voting for Hamas or Hezbollah. When a caller to his radio show questioned the prospect of democracy spreading in the Middle East by noting that people are "vot[ing] for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on the West Bank," Hannity replied: "Well, you could vote for Hillary Clinton tomorrow, too, for crying out loud."

  • Hannity asserted federal, state, local governments "take about 50 percent of our income"; anti-tax group refutes claim


    Fox News' Sean Hannity claimed that "the federal government and the state and local governments take about 50 percent of our income." Hannity's claim is contradicted by the conservative Tax Foundation, which has calculated that Americans' total tax burden has never exceeded 33.6 percent of income in a given year.

  • Fox pundits: Dems' culture of corruption campaign defunct with DeLay departure

    ››› ››› JOSH KALVEN

    On Fox News, numerous media figures asserted that Rep. Tom DeLay's (R-TX) decision to resign from Congress will hurt Democrats' ability to campaign against congressional Republicans' record of corruption -- and DeLay's part in it -- during the November 2006 midterm elections. But such predictions overlook the widening ethics scandals involving DeLay and the Republican Party.

  • Media figures attacked Mexican-flag-wavers, but not those waving Irish, Italian, or Israeli flags

    ››› ››› JOE BROWN

    Following recent demonstrations in which protesters marched against proposed legislation that would criminalize undocumented workers, some in the media have criticized the demonstrators for carrying Mexican flags. But these same media figures have not complained about people waving other nations' flags, such as Irish flags at St. Patrick's Day events, Italian flags at Columbus Day events, or Israeli flags at Israel Day events.

  • Hannity wrongly accused Sen. Clinton of "hypocrisy" on illegal immigration

    ››› ››› SIMON MALOY

    Fox News' Sean Hannity accused Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of "hypocrisy" on illegal immigration because of her criticism of a recently passed House immigration bill, which she said "would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself." Hannity said: "But this is the same lady that said, 'Oh, I'm against illegal immigration.' That's just such hypocrisy." Hannity claimed her criticism made her a hypocrite when it comes to opposing illegal immigration, when, in fact, she has supported other immigration reform bills.

  • Hannity falsely claimed Sen. Clinton "says immigration reform is un-Christian"


    On Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "says immigration reform is un-Christian." Hannity & Colmes later aired footage of a March 22 press conference in which Clinton condemned specific legislation, H.R. 4437 -- not "immigration reform" -- that opponents contend would subject private citizens and charitable organizations to prosecution if they offer any assistance to illegal immigrants.

  • Hannity failed to ask Harris about favor done for indicted defense contractor

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    When Fox News host Sean Hannity featured Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL), a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Florida, he failed to challenge her about her relationship with disgraced defense contractor Mitchell Wade. While Hannity did ask Harris to comment about $32,000 in illegal campaign contributions received from Wade, he did not press Harris about her request to the Defense Appropriations Committee for a $10 million counterintelligence project that would have benefited Wade's company, MZM Inc.

  • Hannity falsely claimed Feingold was a "flip-flopper" on Iraq invasion

    ››› ››› KURT DONALDSON

    On Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity selectively quoted from a speech that Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) gave before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to falsely characterize Feingold as a "flip-flopper" on the decision to authorize the Bush administration to use force to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In fact, Feingold's comments, made days before he voted against the October 11 war resolution, contained a multi-faceted argument against the resolution.

  • Conservatives who denounced previous CBS poll now mum on latest poll showing same results

    ››› ››› ROB MORLINO

    A March 13 CBS News poll showed President Bush's approval rating at 34 percent -- unchanged from a February 28 CBS poll, despite a substantial increase in the number of Republicans polled relative to Democrats and independents. Conservative media figures attacked the earlier poll's validity, arguing that CBS' sample included a higher percentage of Democrats than they contended accurately reflected the general population. Now that CBS has released an updated poll showing that a roughly equal percentage of Democrats and Republicans produced the same approval rating for Bush, will the same media figures who denounced the prior poll report on the newest results?