Saturday, September 05, 2009
Sean Hannity, perhaps feeling left out of the Glenn Beck racism controversy, or maybe just because he has a penchant for attacking African Americans, joined the Van Jones witch hunt with a vengeance last night (9/3/09). Hannity repeatedly attacked President Obama’s “Green Energy Czar” Jones as a radical racist and called on an all white, almost all conservative guest line up to assist him in his condemnations. Hannity repeatedly demanded that Jones be fired for making “racist,” “radical” statements in the past, before he went to work for the White House. The broader attack, of course, was on President Obama for having hired Jones, with the obvious implication that Obama is likely a racist radical, too. Yet not one person on the show pointed to a single professional action of Jones that could be construed as racist or radical either as part of the Obama administration or before. But Hannity ought to be careful about the guilt by association game, especially regarding race. He has quite a lengthy, record of associations with bigots. He also has a lengthy record of animosity toward African Americans. With video.
Besides not citing any actual radical, racist acts of Jones either in or out of office, not one person bothered to tell the “fair and balanced” network’s audience that he is the co-founder of ColorOfChange, the group that has now successfully persuaded 57 advertisers to stop advertising on Beck’s show. Just a coincidence? I report, you decide.
Hannity began the segment by trumpeting the “new and disturbing information” about Jones that, according to Hannity shows "he is not fit for office.” Apparently, the new and disturbing information was that Jones had signed a letter by the “infamous 9/11 Trust organization” asking for an “immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.” Hannity forgot to mention that the letter was very lengthy and called for investigations into many other aspects of 9/11. Jones now says he did not carefully review the letter before signing it and has issued a statement saying that the letter “certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.” He has also apologized for calling Republicans "assholes" in a remark made before he joined the Obama administration. But of course, while an apology from Duane "Dog" Chapman for his n-word rant was enough to garner a full hour of image rehab from Hannity, the apology from Jones was barely considered....(Remainder.)