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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sean Hannity: Fair and Balanced?

Sean Hannity

Let me start by saying that I like Sean Hannity. I used to watch him almost every night on Hannity and Colmes before I downgraded my cable TV subscription. Now I listen to him on the radio most afternoons. I would say that he and I share similar opinions on a great number of issues.

Like him or not, Hannity can be brash and arrogant. I also think it is fair to say that he is self-righteous. He supports the GOP position, right or wrong. In doing so, he exposes himself to the charges of being a hypocrite. There is no doubt in my mind that Hannity is drinking the GOP Kool-aide!

For example, Hannity loves to bring up the fact that Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) was a former Klansmen and had referred to African-Americans as “niggers” in the past. Likewise, in an attempt to discredit Bill Clinton, Hannity has repeatedly played audio tapes of Clinton’s brother Roger using the N-word as well. In reference to Roger Clinton, Hannity has gone as far as stating, “Could you imagine a Republican hanging out with somebody that ever spoke like that, as such a bigot like that...

Seems to me that Mr. Hannity doesn't have any problems hanging out with conservatives of like character. Just last week, Hannity gave Ann Coulter a platform on his show to rationalize her characterization of former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) as a "faggot". Hannity tried to make the point that the backlash against Coulter was “selective moral outrage”. Well, he may have a valid point there, but it doesn't change the fact that he is displaying a do as I say, not as I do mentality (i.e., a double standard).

Hannity also likes to make a big deal out of the fact that he is an Orthodox Catholic. He always seems to find some place in his dialogue to to mention this every time a moral issue is the topic of conversation. He does so give the impression that the points of view he holds are dogmatic - and that is fine with me. But if Hannity is going to do this, he must be consistent or all his arguments founded on such grounds will crumble.

There is some evidence that this is already starting to happen. Just last Friday, the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer appeared on Hannity & Colmes to make his case that Hannity was a cafeteria Catholic and a heretic. The issue in question was Hannity’s public support for artifical birth control – a position that the Catholic church is opposed to. While not quite calling for Sean to be burned at the stake, Fr. Euteneuer did go as far as to say the he would deny Hannity the Eucharist lest he repent.

You may be thing that lots of people hold a similar opinion, but they would not necessarily be considered hypocrites. So, why is Hannity’s position a problem?

In a nutshell, its because Hannity is not being true to his principles. He selectively applies them when they support his political position, and side-steps them when they do not.

Andrew Sullivan recently posted a column highlighting Hannity’s double standard. Hannity falls back on his belief in Catholic teachings to support his opposition to homosexuality, among other issues. The Catholic church’s opposition on gay sex is rooted in the fact that such relations are not open to procreation. As Pope Paul VI points out in Humanae Vitae, this is the very same basis for the church’s opposition to artificial birth control.

Basically, Hannity is using this particular teaching of the church to support his opposition to gay sex, but rejecting or ignoring this same teaching because it does not coincide with his beleifs regarding birth control. Seems to me that Hannity has a problem here.

Frankly, I don’t care what religion Hannity (or anyone else) chooses to follow. That is personal decision that only he can make. The issue here is one of consistency. Hannity has to decide just what it is he beleives in, and apply those principles to all facets of his life. If he wants to use the bible and his religion to support his political views, then he must do so in all cases. Not just in those cases where the two are in agreement.

Afterall, he is trying to be fair and balanced, right?


At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

Hannity radio program used to come on at the same time as Savage's so I stopped listening. As you said he drinks the GOP Kool-Aid.

I am more conservative on most issues, but there are a lot of political issues that I agree with the donkeys and many others that I agree with neither the Reps. or Dems. but rather the I have my own crazy opinion.

I find it highly suspicious that Hannity always agrees with the Republican party. Plain and simple seems fake!

At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Kate said...

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