Hannity’s America Investigates Obama?

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg writes about FNC airing a Hannity’s America special that involved Barack Obama…

The special was shown on “Hannity’s America,” the Sunday night program in which Mr. Hannity does not have to share the screen with his weeknight liberal co-host on Fox News, Alan Colmes.

Mr. Hannity said that Mr. Obama did not respond to a request for comment. Still, the program presented no opposing viewpoint to the program’s thesis: that, in Mr. Hannity’s words, “Obama’s list of friends reads like a history of radicalism.”

Mr. Hannity’s executive producer, John Finley, said that the program was clearly opinion and that the audience — on average 1.5 million to 2 million — knew to take it as such. “ ‘Hannity’s America’ is an opinion show — it’s a show from Sean’s perspective, which is obviously conservative,” Mr. Finley said.

Speaking of Mr. Martin, he added, “It’s one man’s opinion, one of many that was expressed on the show.”

Mr. Martin said he was careful not to present his theories about Mr. Obama as proven fact.

“That is my opinion — expert opinion — if you will,” Mr. Martin said of his commentary on Mr. Hannity’s program. “I don’t pretend to be an exclusively fact-based reporter, though I try as hard as I can to get the facts.”

And Greta Van Susteren wonders why Obama may not be inclined to appear on her program? It’s because of stuff like this. John Finley’s figleaf excuse that Hannity’s America is an opinion show raises serious questions about FNC thinks is appropriate for its air. If MSNBC were to air a Keith Olbermann special on John McCain, the red blogs would be up in arms and it would be the talking point of every RNC operative in America. Why does Hannity get a pass?

17 Responses to “Hannity’s America Investigates Obama?”

  1. scipioafricanus Says:

    Hannity is a self confessed partizan, and Olbermann claims to be the next Edward R Murrow.

  2. libertyandjustice Says:

    If you replace the word “Hannity” with the word “NPR” the review would be spot on. Hannity is a 1 hour opinion show show. NPR is a tax payer funded opinion network. The NYT has zero creditability in this area and makes no attempt to report straight news. If they were worried about balance a good place to start would be with a mirror. The hypocrisy on the left has no bounds. I’m still laughing about the absurdity of it all.

  3. franklyn4 Says:

    This is what is cracks me up with Fox. You cant blame the other network (MSNBC) of something that you are doing.

    And Greta Van Susteren wonders why Obama may not be inclined to appear on her program? It’s because of stuff like this.

    Both of these networks need to stop accusing one other for being in the tank because both of them ARE in the tank for their respective political parties.

  4. friendsofronmexico Says:

    Since when is the NYTimes worried about opposing viewpoints??Maybe they should have more opposing viewpoints in their paper before they write about anyone else.

  5. Hannity is criticized because his show “looks like journalism” but Obamann’s daily rants on MSNBC’s “newshour of record” get a pass?

  6. missy5537 Says:

    First of all, Hannity brought up excellent points. Why DID Obama sit in the “whitey-bashing” church of Jeremiah Wright for 20 years? The “he didn’t say that when I was there” line is unbelievable – we now know that MOST of “black liberation theology” IS just to uplift blacks at the expense of whites. Fine, but why would a guy running for President all of a sudden want to represent all of us, if that’s what he’s been indoctrinated with for so long?

    And why IS he so closely associated with Bill Ayers? That “I was eight years old when he bombed the Pentagon” line is a non-starter now that we know how close Obama aligned himself with Ayers over the years. And that’s based on a report I just heard, done by Drew Griffin of CNN!!!!!

    Why aren’t the rest of the media telling us about this? My God, this clown has been running for POTUS for two years now and we’re just finding this out, on cable news? The MSM has it’s head so far up you know what that it hasn’t deemed this important?

    Second, so Hannity gets one hour a week on Fox to promote his conservative agenda. THANK GOD!

    Yet those who are critical of his Obamabash have been silent over every comedian who attacks only McCain/Palin, and every MSM program or media outlet who has given a pass to Obama during interviews and other programming, while attacking McCain/Palin on everything! Why no outrage over MSNBC, and more specifically, Olbermann and Matthews?

  7. topthecharts Says:

    Of late, Hannity has been somewhat out of control. Yesterday during the first hour of his radio show while discussing Bill Ayers, Sean said that the Obama campaign is in “full retreat.” Huh? Obama in retreat with an 8 point lead in two national polls?

    And I also notice that Hannity is increasingly constantly interrupting during the Colmes segments on H&C.

    franklyn & Spud: Still, if you take Hannity out of the mix, the alleged bias at Fox is certainly not as pronouced as MSNBC. O’Reilly was very fair to Obama in the recent interview and ditto Greta with Bill Clinton. Obama has nothing to lose by appearing “On The Record.”

  8. […] Inside Cable News asks: If MSNBC were to air a Keith Olbermann special on John McCain, the red blogs would be up in arms and it would be the talking point of every RNC operative in America. Why does Hannity get a pass? […]

  9. jessejacksonthethird Says:

    Missy, if Fox is Fair & Balanced why not give Colmes an hour to promote his Liberal agenda?

  10. lonestar77 Says:

    Get off your high horse, Spud. Hannity is a self proclaimed conservative. He makes no bones about it. He doesn’t hide the fact and pretend to play it down the middle. He doesn’t think he’s the second coming of Walter Cronkite or Edward R Murrow. Hannity’s America is a one-hour a week opinion show. Everyone knows where he comes from. FNC doesn’t stick him out there as a bi-partisan anchor.

    Your comparison is apples & oranges.

    I’ll give you an “A” for effort, though.

    JJIII,
    Because no one would watch Colmes for an hour. It would be a $$$$ loser.

  11. imnotblue Says:

    Well, Spud asks an interesting question:

    John Finley’s figleaf excuse that Hannity’s America is an opinion show raises serious questions about FNC thinks is appropriate for its air. If MSNBC were to air a Keith Olbermann special on John McCain, the red blogs would be up in arms and it would be the talking point of every RNC operative in America. Why does Hannity get a pass?

    How is this program, any different than say Olbermann’s daily program (or to a degree, Maddow’s program)? Both are highly biased, and (allegedly, according to this article) contain no balancing view point. The only difference between this program, and a Countdown, is that this show specifically focused on only Obama… while Olbermann’s program only MOSTLY focuses on McCain.

    Now, is this a case of excusing bad behavior with more bad behavior? Well, a little I suppose… but somehow, a weekly one hour show, by a known pundit, presented as opinion, is just a little more acceptable than a daily show, by a guy who still insists he’s non-partisan (as do his bosses), presented as a news program.

    As for the Greta connection… that doesn’t hold water for me. When Obama was interviewed by O’Reilly, Barrack said that he know O’Reilly was fair… even though others at the network aren’t. Should the WHOLE network get attacked just because of Hannity? Apparently Obama recognizes that each program is its own entity, so this program should have no impact on his decision to speak with Greta or not.

    Let us also not forget, if that’s the standard… then the McCain-Palin ticket would be well within their rights to avoid all NBC/MSNBC interviews in the foreseeable future.

  12. imnotblue Says:

    hmm… apparently the “quote” code didn’t work… maybe it’s the wrong brackets. Does [i]this[/i] work?

  13. topthecharts Says:

    A correction to my above post:

    Rather than full retreat, Hannity used the term meltdown to describe the Obama campaign and he repeated meltdown today on radio.

  14. missy5537 Says:

    JJ III, if Fox gave Alan his own program, no one would watch!

  15. missy5537 Says:

    Lonestar, I wrote my response to JJ III, before I read what you said, what was almost identical. I even used the same abbreviation for him. before reading yours and the other posts.

    My apologies; I did not mean to copy you virtually verbatim!

  16. Ummm, Spud, Olbermann DOES run a Keith Olbermann McCain bashfest every single night, and there’s NEVER an alternative viewpoint on the show. EVER. It is forboden.

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