by Scoobie Davis
The Rest of the Story regarding Sean Hannity and the Kerry Photos
Instapundit is linking to a post by a blogger about the way that a New Republic article characterized Brit Hume and Sean Hannity's characterization of a forged picture of a young John Kerry sharing a speaker's podium with Jane Fonda.
The criticism of the TNR article may well be valid (I don't have a transcript of everything Hume and Hannity said about that particular photo). However, Last February I noted how Hannity egregiously mischaracterized a 1970 photo of the audience of an anti-war rally that show Kerry and Fonda sitting three rows away from each other. Let me briefly resummarize Hannity's truth-challenged characterization:
1. On February 10, 2004, on Hannity & Colmes, Alan Colmes made the following observations that the 1970 photo: 1) the photo was taken two years before Fonda's infamous trip to Hanoi; and 2) it wasn't a photo of Kerry with Fonda; it was an audience photo.
2. On February 24, 2004, Hannity made the following arguments about the photo (arguments Hannity witnessed Colmes refuting two weeks earlier): "...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."