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Hannity & Washington Times Oppose Judge Chen Over His Personal Views, but Previously Criticized Dems for Doing That

Thursday, October 29, 2009

By Media Matters

Recently, Sean Hannity and The Washington Times editorial page have both claimed that the Senate should oppose judicial nominee Edward Chen based on reported comments he made in the past about America and 9-11. However, both Hannity and the Times editorial page previously claimed Senate Democrats were wrong for opposing judicial nominees based on their political views and personal opinions, claiming that, as Hannity put it, "nominees' personal opinions are irrelevant."

Hannity, Wash. Times call for opposition of Chen's nomination based on his political views

Wash. Times: "Judge Chen should not be confirmed." An October 25 Times editorial argued that Chen is "another Obama nominee who doesn't appear to love America," who "should not be confirmed." As evidence that Chen "doesn't appear to love America" the Times added:
Judge Chen's words speak for themselves. When the congregation sang "America the Beautiful" at a funeral, Judge Chen told the audience of his "feelings of ambivalence and cynicism when confronted with appeals to patriotism -- sometimes I cannot help but feel that there are too much [sic] injustice and too many inequalities that prevent far too many Americans from enjoying the beauty extolled in that anthem."

In a speech on Sept. 22, 2001, he said that among his first responses to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America was a "sickening feeling in my stomach about what might happen to race relations and religious tolerance on our own soil. ... One has to wonder whether the seemingly irresistible forces of racism, nativism and scapegoating which has [sic] recurred so often in our history can be effectively restrained." [The Washington Times, 10/25/09]



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