April 2, 2013

I can't take watching too much of Hannity's show and try to avoid it for the most part. It gives me the same physical reaction as Jon Stewart had when he endured an hour of torture waiting to hear an apology, only to get a non-apology from him at the end of his show.

I made an exception for this segment flagged by both Media Matters and Mediaite where Hannity was called out for propping up Dr. Ben Carson, only to end up making a pariah out of him in the end.

Hannity may not have liked it, and I'm not impressed that this debacle turned into a shoutfest, but his guest Leo Terrell is exactly right that not just Hannity, but Faux News in general has spent hours of their time propping up Ben Carson as the next great savior of the GOP, even though the man doesn't have any experience in politics. They're touting him as someone the right should take seriously as a potential presidential candidate.

As I noted in the post where Jon Stewart went after Carson, Hannity didn't do him any favors with the interview he gave him and Carson probably threw whatever political aspirations he might have had down the toilet with his remarks equating gay people to pedophiles and people who want to have sex with animals. Carson also didn't do himself any favors with his follow-up interviews on MSNBC and CNN.

Hannity can try to change the subject or play the victim card for Carson (as he does here) all he wants, but that doesn't change the fact that he and his network were doing their best to see if the public would buy into the idea of this crackpot extremist throwing his hat into the ring for president in the upcoming election. It doesn't happen all that often, but every once in while, he's called out for just how bad his show is -- live, on the air.

If you have the stomach for the full segment with Hannity selling Carson that aired back in February, and that Fox decided to re-air as recently as this past weekend, even after Carson imploded on the air on the other networks, you can watch it here:

For some of the worst hackery in the segment, go to the 28 minute mark where they've got a panel of Faux News hacks, corporate lobbyists and AstroTurf "tea partiers" pretending that they're just average, everyday Americans asking him questions. It's right-wing sock puppet theater at its finest... or worst.

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