Well, this post has been a long time coming. I just haven’t had enough time to get it down.
I dislike Sean Hannity. Let me first give Mr. Hannity some credit before I proceed to tell everyone why I dislike him.
If it weren’t for Sean Hannity, there would be no America’s Debate. See, Jaime and I used to like watching his show. We can’t really be blamed for that. There was a point where Hannity & Colmes was unique. Every show on cable news has not always had outspoken hosts who will belittle their guests into submission.
So, as “fans” of Hannity & Colmes, we checked out Hannity.com in our search for civil and constructive political debate. Man oh man, were we amazed at what we saw. Hannity– a man who claims to uphold values and morals both personally and politically– had a site that was full of profanity and full of racism. Remember, this was right after September 11, 2001– the Muslims were out to get us (sarcasm, don’t complain to me).
The very fact that Hannity allowed this crap on his website, and the very fact that his employers in both his television and radio show were fine with the content of his site was disgusting! Thank you Mr. Hannity for being as low as they go, allowing us to shine and grow as well as we have!
But that is not my contention with Mr. Hannity today. My problem with him today is that his skills of being “minimally observant” (as I like to call it) are gone.
Mr. Hannity always refers to the “mainstream media.” “Combating liberal bias in the mainstream media,” he likes to preach to his minions.
Mr. Hannity– YOU are the mainstream media. A good portion of the mainstream media bias is YOUR bias.
Sean Hannity is a multi-media superstar, spending four hours every day
broadcasting in front of millions of American people on radio, television and the
He is the host of the The Sean Hannity Show, which is approaching 500 affiliates on
the ABC Radio Networks. He also co-hosts the highly successful Hannity & Colmes
on the FOX News Channel.
Moreover, Hannity’s website, www.Hannity.com, is among the most visited political
websites on the Internet with more than 20 million page views and 350,000 unique
visitors each month. Audio streams of The Sean Hannity Show average more than
190,000 unique listeners per month, making it among the most listened to Internet
broadcasts in the past year, according to Arbitron.
He is a three-time consecutive winner of Radio & Records National
Talk Show Host of The Year Award (2003, 2004 and 2005) as well as the National
Association of Broadcasting’s 2003 Marconi Award for Talk Show Host of the Year,
and the Talkers Magazine 2003 Freedom of Speech Award.
In addition to his “on-air” duties, Hannity is the best selling author, most recently, of
Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism (Harper Collins/
Regan Books, 2004) which shot to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list during
it’s first week and remained in first place for five straight weeks. Hannity’s critically
acclaimed first book, Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty Over Liberalism
(Harper Collins/Regan Books, 2002) rode the New York Times bestseller list for
remarkable 17 weeks.
500 affiliates for the radio show (he once claimed it was the “fastest growing show in radio,” and that is one instance where I am inclined to believe him).
#1 show in the timeslot on the #1 most watched cable news network.
#1 books on the best sellers list.
Mr. Hannity– how can you possibly consider yourself as anything but a part of the mainstream media? And if you are part of the mainstream media, what are you doing to combat your and the rest of the liberal republicans’ bias?