As Sean Hannity continues his relentless bashing of everything honest and decent, his own past has been called into question. News Hounds reports this.
Another night, another high tech lynching of Barack Obama on Hannity & Colmes. It was the usual attacks on Obama over those with whom he associates. But last night (3/19/08), Sean Hannity was confronted about his own past association with white supremacist Hal Turner. First Hannity denied knowing Turner, then he said he had long ago banned Turner from his show. While it’s probably true that Hannity banned Turner, what Hannity didn’t mention is that before Turner got banned, he was regularly welcomed on Hannity’s show, even after saying on the air that if it weren’t for the graciousness of white people, “black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa.”
“Still swinging on trees in Africa.” And Sean Hannity and his Fox friends (some friends) continue to welcome these type of guests. It frankly didn’t bother me what they did over at Fox, because I totally ignored them. But when they go out of their way to attack good, decent and honest people, it’s time to draw the battle lines.
And he has lied about banning Mr. Turner when it was uncovered he still has a relationship with this man. He can have all the relationships he wants with whomever he wants, but stop lying. At least he should pretend to be a journalist. This piece in the Huffington Post was quite interesting.
Well, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary (Max Blumenthal’s piece in Nation is good for a start), but it hardly matters, because don’t you know, days later, Turner himself was doing his pal a total solid by coming out and stating, “Oh, yeah! We’re best of buds!”
And speaking of the Nation article, here is what Max Blumenthal uncovered there.
This year a man named Hal Turner sat before his computer at his suburban home in North Bergen, New Jersey, posting bomb-making tips on his website, hailing the firebombing of an apartment containing “Savage Negroes” and calling for the murder of immigrants. “When enough illegal aliens get killed they will stop coming to the country!” Turner wrote.
Turner was once a prominent activist in New Jersey’s Republican Party. To area conservatives, he was best known by his moniker for call-ins to the Sean Hannity Show, “Hal from North Bergen.” For years, Hannity offered his top-rated radio show as a regular forum for Turner’s occasionally racist, always over-the-top rants. Hannity also chatted with him off-air, allegedly offering encouragement to Turner as he struggled to overcome a cocaine habit and homosexual leanings. Turner has boasted that Hannity once invited Turner and his son on to the set of Fox News’s Hannity and Colmes. Today, Turner lurks on the fringes of the far right, spouting hate-laced tirades on his webcast radio show. Hannity, meanwhile, remains mum about his former alliance with the neo-Nazi, homing in instead on the supposed racism of black and Latino Democrats.
Sean Hannity and your Fox friends (some friends). Grow up. These stories all speak for themselves. Reading on Walden Bookstore.