After the presidential debate last Tuesday night, Obama spokesperson Robert Gibbs engaged in contretemps with the archconservative radio and television personality Sean Hannity over Hannity’s decision to include Andy Martin (nee Anthony Martin-Trigona) on Hannity’s show Obama & Friends: The History of Radicalism. At issue were Martin’s remarks, as quoted by Gibbs, that a Jewish judge was “a crooked, slimy Jew with a history of lying and thieving common to his race…” among others. Gibbs raised the legitimate question, “Why would Sean Hannity choose to associate with such a person?”
You can watch the exchange here:
But Gibbs’ legitimate question about Hannity’s character raised some further troubling questions about Hannity’s known associates. When taken together, what emerges is a pattern of associating with known criminals, adulterers, perjurers, consumers of prostitution, and worst of all, those who would knowingly compromise our national security.
Even a casual listener to Hannity’s radio show will hear contributions from the following rogue’s gallery:
Dick Morris: A Republican strategist and one-time advisor to President Clinton, Morris resigned from the latter position after it was revealed that he allowed a prostitute to eavesdrop on private conversations with the president of the United States, an obvious breach of national security. According to the Washington Post, Sherry Rowlands, the prostitute, said of the incident. “Someone as intelligent as he is should have kept his lip buttoned when he unzipped his pants. I mean, how can you maneuver worlds, and he can't even control what he's doing in his own room with a paid lady” She then went on to say in an interview with the television show Hard Copy that she went public because "it has to be told, whether I'm a call girl who'll blabber or whatever they want to call it, fine. But wake up, America. I mean, if he told me, who else did he tell?" Who else, indeed? Thank God for this patriotic prostitute who didn’t go running off to the highest bidder for her national secrets. And yet, Sean Hannity allows Morris on both his radio and television shows on a regular basis. How can Hannity condone such behavior? Why does Sean Hannity have such low regard for the national security of this country? But Morris is hardly the worst of Hannity’s associates.
Take Oliver North. Like Morris, North is a regular contributor to Hannity’s radio and television programs. North, of course, is most famous for illegally selling weapons to Iran! To Iran, the country whose current president calls for the annihilation of Israel, our closest Middle Eastern ally and (not coincidentally?) a Jewish state! North also admitted to lying to Congress, a felony, and was later indicted on sixteen felony counts and convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity (bribery), aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry (lying under oath), and destruction of documents (national security documents). How can Hannity associate with a man who sold weapons to Iran, a country that Hannity claims to believe is a massive threat to our way of life? Further, although never formally charged, there is a tremendous amount of evidence suggesting that North at least partially funded his operations through smuggling cocaine! North has repeatedly denied any involvement with drug smuggling, but can we really believe a man who lied under oath to the United States Congress? Why would Sean Hannity, a “Great American” condone these acts?
Then there is Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and regular contributor to Hannity’s radio and television shows. Gingrich ran into ethics problems during his tenure as Speaker not once, not twice, but eighty-four times. Eighty-four separate ethics charged were leveled against the speaker during his tenure! After investigation, he was sanctioned $300,000.00 for providing “inaccurate information to investigators” (lying to Congress)! Furthermore, Gingrich, like Morris, is an admitted adulterer. Why would Hannity choose to associate with a man with so little regard for person or professional ethical behavior? Somebody who would lie to the United States Congress, a body of which he was the head? Couldn’t such a man, privy to our nation’s highest secrets, also himself be easily compromised by a foreign entity or government? I’m not saying he was, but the troubling possibility is certainly out there. Doesn’t this reflect poor judgment on Hannity to allow such a person on his shows?
Hannity talks a good game when it comes to “loving America,” but his actions reveal a far more sinister pattern of, at best, reckless behavior and poor judgment when it comes to choosing friends and associates. Shouldn’t our national security be of paramount importance to somebody who claims to love this country as much as Sean Hannity? Shouldn’t he be doing everything in his power to stop the threat of Iran instead of condoning the actions of those who sold weapons to that country? Why is he giving a platform to a known anti-Semite? Shouldn’t he uphold his own high principles by refusing to associate with adulterers and those who would allow prostitutes to eavesdrop on the president of the United States? I cannot look into Sean Hannity’s heart, but if his actions are any indication about his patriotism, I think we are left with the troubling question: does Sean Hannity hate America?
(Sean Hannity - "Great American" or America Hater?)