Sean Hannity Lies and Half Truths

October 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm (Barack Obama, Election 2008, Elections, John McCain, News, Obama, Opinion, Politics, Television, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Before every Republican and right wing nut gets their panties in a bunch, let me clarify that I have voted Republican for many years, but I look at the facts and the truth and call it like I see it whether it be Republican or Democrat.  But it’s time to get the truth out regardless of the outcome and no, this is not pro-Obama rhetoric.  We’re here to talk about Sean Hannity and his radio and TV show that over the past 3 months has been like listening to a replay of the same broadcast over and over again.  The disturbing part of which is a bunch of lies and half-truths.  It’s bothersome to me that people don’t listen to what’s being said and just take is as fact, when some things are outright lies and distortions.

Distortion 1- Michelle Obama Hates Our Country

Hannity has been continuously playing the clip of Michelle Obama saying “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am proud of my country.”  Hannity neglects to play the rest of the speech where she clarifies what she meant which essentially is that America has not been the land of hope and dreams that’s advertised.  Nobody believes for one moment that she meant that she has never been proud to be an American. It was a comment that there’s finally hope for a country that’s ready for change. To distort her comment and insinuate that she is some sort of rogue anti-American flag burner is an insult to our intelligence.

Distortion 2- The Democrats Are Weak

Hannity also loves to play the clip of Biden saying that Obama will be tested in the first 6 months of his presidency. Hannity translates that comment as him saying that his candidate is viewed as weak. Yet again another if you’re dumb you’ll believe this is what he meant. This is another example of Hannity cutting off the audio and taking things out of context.  The even more annoying part is that a ton of media outlets jumped on that bandwagon. If you listen to the rest of the audio, he says “and when they do, they’ll find that he has a spine of steel”.  ANYONE that gets into the presidential office for the first time is going to be tested.  Nations are going to want to see what they can get away with under new administration regardless of who it is.  This is another case of insulting your intelligence.

Distortion 3- Obama Wants to Open Up the Borders

Hannity loves to tout the quote from Obama where he said, “give the 12 million people who are here illegally, many of whom have been here for years, many of whom have US citizens for children to make sure that they’ve got a pathway to legalization.”  This ended up being yet another talking point during Hannity’s 10 Reasons To Not Vote For Obama show on Hannity’s America where he insinuated that Obama was refusing to “uphold the law of the land”.  To me, this was an honest and humanitarian answer from Obama.  Is Hannity saying that McCain has a better plan?  If so, let’s hear it.   Finish the fence! How quaint and then what happens to those 12 million already here?  I know, let’s throw them all in jail and leave their children without parents.  That makes much more sense.  At least Obama had a intelligent answer that wasn’t mired in absurdity.

Distortion 4- Spreading the Wealth

Out of all of the rhetoric that Hannity distorts and twists, this is the one that agitates me the most. By now, everyone has heard the cut of Obama telling Joe the Plumber that “when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everyone.”.  The problem is the immediate insinuation you take away from this presentation is that he was saying that “we’re going to take the money from successful people and just give it to the less fortunate” in some sort of Robin Hoodian alternate reality.  That layman view has been one of the biggest talking points of Hannity’s rantings and they’re hoping that you’re stupid enough to believe it.  The point of that comment was to say, “I want to create opportunities for those less fortunate.  Open up doors that have been previously closed.”  Why in the world would a businessman want to do anything to punish fellow business owners?

Are people that make more money going to be taxed higher?  Of course!  Absolutely nothing new.  It’s been that way under the Republicans since the dawn of time.  That has always been the case no matter who is in office.  The difference?  Republicans have given businesses outrageous opportunities to write off absurd expenses.  Who pays for those write offs?  Everyone does.  Those vacations, spa treatments, lunches at expensive restaurants that crawl into the thousands.  This is not socialism.  It’s reality.  If you make more money, you will pay more taxes.  It’s nothing new. If you pay 30% on a 1000, you’ll pay $300. But if you make $100,000, your taxes are $30,000.  That’s how math works. I’m sure there will be more insane opportunities for businesses to write off the increase somewhere.

The point of all of this is that I don’t think it serves anyone justice and especially Hannity to keep on spouting these half truths and distortions.  For someone who claims to be unbiased and works on FoxNews which is supposedly fair and balanced, these types of attacks literally push people to Obama’s camp.  If you can ramble off things that people simply know aren’t true, why in the world would they believe anything else that comes out of your mouth?

I’ll be doing a follow up piece soon about why I simply can’t vote for Obama, but why McCain is just as disconcerting to me.  But I posted a very brief synopsis of these untruths in several different places and all of which were deleted by McCain supporters.  Now is the time for people to hear the truth and to try their best to make reasonable judgments about who they’re voting for.  That’s why I can only hope that somebody considers my rantings and stands up for themselves in refusing to be led by the ear without doing their research.  And in these cases, just simply being deceived.

I am NOT an Obama supporter or McCain.  I simply have no faith in either actually and feel as if this is a choice between the lesser of two evils, but I also can’t sit back and listen to lies realizing that most people are accepting it as truth without even questioning common sense.

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