by Scoobie Davis
Why is Sean Hannity Intellectually Dishonest? Reason Number 578
On yesterday’s radio program, Hannity had this to say: “...You [John Kerry] are a left-wing radical. And that picture with Hanoi Jane—the woman who gave aid and comfort to our enemy—means something to some Americans. It is not questioning your service. We applaud it. I wrote about it in my first book—not even knowing that this would be a big issue. I applaud your service but you were with a woman that [sic] gave aid and comfort to our enemies. That’s what’s so outrageous about this.”
REALITY: Hannity is referring to a 1970 photograph that the hard right is attempting to use against Kerry (and getting nowhere with it—which necessitated the creation of a forged Kerry-Fonda photo). Let me get this straight: Because 1) Kerry and Fonda were in the same audience of a 1970 anti-war rally (Kerry and Fonda were three rows apart); and 2) This rally occurred a full two years before Fonda’s infamous trip to North Vietnam; in Hannity’s mind, this constitutes being “with a woman [who] gave aid and comfort to our enemies.” And it isn’t as if the truth about the photograph hasn’t been pointed out to Hannity in the past: I mentioned in a previous post that Hannity’s television co-host Alan Colmes made these points to Hannity on the show and Hannity had no response. It is only on the radio—where Hannity has no balance—where he can make such an attack again. That's what's so outrageous about this.