It is that time of the week again … time to select our Idiot of the Week! I always look forward to this one, and I never seem to run out of ideas, though your suggestions are always welcome*, as I may have overlooked some idiots! This week, I focus on an idiot who has placed himself in the eyes of the nation with some very stupid and vicious lies … none other than Fox’s “star” … Sean Hannity!
The Wikipedia bio on Hannity says “Sean Hannity is an American radio and television host, author, and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show that airs throughout the United States. Hannity also hosts a cable news show, Hannity, on Fox News Channel. Hannity has written three New York Times – bestselling books: Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism, Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, and Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda.” Just an ordinary Joe, right? Wrong. In 2015, Forbes estimated that Hannity’s annual income was $29 million, thereby making him a rich Joe. Wealth gained, not so much by hard work and intellect, as by ranting and telling lies … lies destined to deceive the viewing public and harm innocent people.
Before we get into all that, though, let us allow Mr. Hannity to introduce himself and tell us a bit about his views on the world:
- “Here you are, you’re a liberal, probably define peace as the absence of conflict. I define peace as the ability to defend yourself and blow your enemies into smithereens.“ Actually, Mr. Hannity, according to the Dalai Lama’s definition, “Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”
- “Halloween is a liberal holiday because we’re teaching our children to beg for something for free. … We’re teaching kids to knock on other people’s doors and ask for a handout.”
- “[Liberal rhetoric] now is so over the top, it’s so vicious, it’s so mean, it’s so cruel, and I don’t hear this coming from conservatives about liberals.” —Fox News host Sean Hannity, with a straight face.
- Then there was this conversation during an interview about birth control and abortion:
“Why can’t they [women who have sex] take responsibility for their own life?”
His guest asked, “But why should we pay for a man’s Viagra?”
Hannity replied “Because that actually is a medical problem versus a choice to have sex.”
Did I mention that Hannity is a two-time college dropout? Those are ‘stand-alone’ stupid-isms, but much of that which qualifies Mr. Hannity for the treasured Idiot of the Week award are lies which, taken in and of themselves may not sound stupid, but when placed in context are … just bald-faced lies with nothing more than the intent to promote da trumpeter and denigrate his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Hannity’s lies take on a number of types:
- Quoting out of context, or speaking partial quotes without providing the background
- Dismissing those pesky little facts, and downplaying that which he cannot dismiss
- Attacking the messenger: before any interview starts, he begins by making some accusation, distracting from the topic of discussion.
- Cutting off the speaker
- Relentlessly poses factual errors as truth
Using his loud mouth, partial truths, and the above tactics, he has become one of the most listened to radio hosts in America. Sadly, our American lemmings and sheeple have been suckered into following this “Pied Piper of Pontification”.
Then there is his association with Hal Turner, an American white nationalist, Holocaust denier, and blogger from North Bergen, New Jersey. In August 2010, Turner was convicted for making threats against three federal judges with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. When questioned about his association with Turner, Hannity replied:
“I don’t know anybody named – this is nonsense. I don’t…” Then Hannity changed his tune. “Sir, sir… That was a man that was banned from my radio show ten years ago, that ran a Senate campaign in New Jersey.”
But Mr. Turner tells a somewhat different story:
“I was quite disappointed when Sean Hannity at first tried to say he didn’t know me and then went on to say that I ran some senate campaign in New Jersey. In fact, Sean Hannity does know me and we were quite friendly a number of years ago.”
But, recently Hannity crossed the line and earned the title of Idiot of the Week. How, you ask? Well, a bit of background here. He is a self-proclaimed “friend” of da trumpeter, has used his hour-long Fox show to promote Trump endlessly and nauseatingly for the past year or so. But then, he decided to single-handedly do a medical diagnosis (though he holds no medical degree, no background in the field), and claim that Hillary Clinton suffered an epileptic seizure during an appearance where Clinton playfully acted like a bobblehead doll, smiling and then speaking after the joke was over.
“Are there many seizures like that?” Hannity said. “This looks like violent, out of control movements on her part. I mean it’s a violent, violent, repetitive jerking of the head here. You can see it’s uncontrollable.” He then spent the better part of a week trying to round up medical “experts” to support his lies, said panel of experts including Dr. Ben Carson, a former candidate and current Trump supporter.
As proof of Clinton’s supposed mental health issues, Hannity then highlighted a photo of her Secret Service agent holding what some conservative sites claimed was a diazepam pen to treat seizures. The object was later confirmed by Secret Service agents to be a small flashlight. But do not think for a moment that these facts have stopped the Hannity rhetoric. He is determined, having jumped on this carnival ride, to see it to its conclusion, logical or not.
Meanwhile, one journalist who actually does have epilepsy, Kurt Eichenwald, is understandably outraged: “Your willingness to deceive your viewers—to degrade those of us with epilepsy, to suggest something is a seizure when it looks nothing like one, to leave people dumber about this condition—is unforgivable.”
Sean Hannity is not a journalist, by his own admission. He is an entertainer who has the ear of enough people that he is able to influence a portion of the public opinion. As such, one should act responsibly. Mr. Hannity does not act responsibly and has shown himself to be quite deserving of Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award. Therefore, take this award, Mr. Hannity, and please … feel free to place it in plain sight for all to see when your show airs next week. I am quite certain that many of your cohorts and viewers will be envious and perhaps they, too, are eligible for the award.
*Note to readers: I may never run out of deserving idiots who vie daily for this award, but I am always open to suggestions, so please, feel free to leave a comment pointing me in the direction of anybody you feel I should consider for future awards!