Sean Hannity

Bill Maher calls out all the debunked GOP lies on Obamacare

 

I missed this earlier because I was offline…

Daily Kos

Last night, Bill Maher ripped the Republicans for their repeated lies about Obamacare that they never bothered to apologize for, or show any shame.

You know, you just wanna go, wait, when did we switch over? What happened to yesterday’s lie? It’s still out there forever, like a plastic bag in a tree. But now we’re just using the new one?Yes, because what they do is they pass a zombie lie down to dumber and dumber people, who believe it more and more.

Hank Paulson may be over the one about climate change being a hoax, but it’s still good enough for Sean Hannity. Who then gets quoted by Michele Bachmann. Who forms the intellectual core of the thinking of Victoria Jackson. And when you think the zombie lie has finally gone to die at the idea hospice of the absolutely stupidest people on Earth, there it is being retweeted by Donald Trump.

Video and full transcript below:

And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who liedabout the Iraq War with no consequences, someone must tell me why there isn’t a similar uproar over all the Republicans who lied about Obamacare with no consequences.  (audience applause)  It’s been four years since the bill passed.  Has anybody come across even one death panel?  The next liberal to tell a Republican, “you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts”, should really just admit they’ve never seen Fox News.  (audience cheering and applause)

Now, look, I get it that neither party has a monopoly on lying, and in fact they all do it so often, they’ve invented their own word for it — “I misspoke”.  But how come the rule for one party — the Republican Party — is that when they get caught in a lie, they don’t have to stop telling it?

They said Obamacare would use death panels.  It doesn’t.

They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits.

They said it covered illegals.  It doesn’t.

They said it was a job killer.  It hasn’t been.

They said there were elves who bake cookies in trees.  Well, almost.  (audience laughter and applause)

Now for sure, Obama also told a lie when he said everybody who likes their health care plan can keep it.  And for about 2% of the population, that did turn out to be false.  The difference is, he stopped saying it!  He stepped up and said, you’re right, my bad, because he understands there’s this thing called observable reality.  (audience applause)

But on the Republican side, observable reality needs more study.  (audience laughter) Which is why their talking points that have been disproven, remain!  Like a guest who’s been asked to leave a party, but does not.

It reminds me of a horror movie where you think you’ve killed the lie, but it won’t stay dead.  Which is why I call them zombie lies.  (thunder crackles and camera shakes)

And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who liedabout the Iraq War with no consequences, someone must tell me why there isn’t a similar uproar over all the Republicans who lied about Obamacare with no consequences.  (audience applause)  It’s been four years since the bill passed.  Has anybody come across even one death panel?  The next liberal to tell a Republican, “you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts”, should really just admit they’ve never seen Fox News.  (audience cheering and applause)

Now, look, I get it that neither party has a monopoly on lying, and in fact they all do it so often, they’ve invented their own word for it — “I misspoke”.  But how come the rule for one party — the Republican Party — is that when they get caught in a lie, they don’t have to stop telling it?

They said Obamacare would use death panels.  It doesn’t.

They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits.

They said it covered illegals.  It doesn’t.

They said it was a job killer.  It hasn’t been.

They said there were elves who bake cookies in trees.  Well, almost.  (audience laughter and applause)

Now for sure, Obama also told a lie when he said everybody who likes their health care plan can keep it.  And for about 2% of the population, that did turn out to be false.  The difference is, he stopped saying it!  He stepped up and said, you’re right, my bad, because he understands there’s this thing called observable reality.  (audience applause)

But on the Republican side, observable reality needs more study.  (audience laughter) Which is why their talking points that have been disproven, remain!  Like a guest who’s been asked to leave a party, but does not.

It reminds me of a horror movie where you think you’ve killed the lie, but it won’t stay dead.  Which is why I call them zombie lies.  (thunder crackles and camera shakes)

Ooh, what an effect!  (audience laughter)  Excuse me, I have a weak heart.

Yes, zombie lies.  Remember “fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes”?  Zombie lie!  So stop saying it!

Voter fraud?  We studied it, it’s not an actual problem.  Stop zombie lying about it.

Their entire economic philosophy — cut taxes for the rich, and it trickles down — is a zombie lie!  (audience cheering and applause)

And all these zombie lies are still out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead.  Like Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter and applause)

Hungry for brains.  Like Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter)

I mean, we think we’ve eradicated one, but it turns out it’s just lying dormant in a cave full of bat blood, like the ebola virus.  Or Dick Cheney.  (audience laughter)

Dick Cheney, who did not even bother in his recent return from the dead to update the lies he told about Iraq the first time.  He’s still out there saying, “Well, Saddam was building a bomb, and he was working with al-Qaeda.”

What??  It’s like when Chuck Berry sings “Sweet Little Sixteen”.  You’re 90, man!

There is no shame in their game.  One week they’re out there saying, “No one will sign up for Obamacare.”

And the next week, “Oh, OK, they signed up?  Sure, OK, but they aren’t paying the premiums.”

“Oh they are?  OK, uh, well, they’re paying, but it’s not the young people.”

“Oh, it is?  It’s the young people?  OK.  Uh, OK, but it only covers you if you’re gay.”  (audience laughter)

You know, you just wanna go, wait, when did we switch over?  What happened to yesterday’s lie?  It’s still out there forever, like a plastic bag in a tree.  But now we’re just using the new one?

Yes, because what they do is they pass a zombie lie down to dumber and dumber people, who believe it more and more.

Hank Paulson may be over the one about climate change being a hoax, but it’s still good enough for Sean Hannity.  Who then gets quoted by Michele Bachmann.  Who forms the intellectual core of the thinking of Victoria Jackson.  And when you think the zombie lie has finally gone to die at the idea hospice of the absolutely stupidest people on Earth, there it is being retweeted by Donald Trump.

Hannity And His White Pals Agree: Obama And Holder Should Just Shut Up About Racism!

NewsHounds

Instead of discussing the substance of recent comments on race by Attorney General Eric Holder and First Lady Michelle Obama, Sean Hannity used the opportunity to attack them. First, he gathered an all-white panel, then fed them race-baiting prompts.

First attack: Hannity compared Holder’s and Obama’s comments to Condoleezza Rice talking about how wonderful it was that, having grown up in the segregated south, she could now run for president. The implication was clear: that Obama and Holder are just resentful sourpusses who don’t love their country enough. However, both Obama and Holder, in their speeches, also made similar remarks marveling at the progress of race relations in their lifetimes. Funny how that got ignored, eh?

“Very interesting, isn’t it?” Hannity said about the cherry-picked clips. His innocent tone disingenuously hid the racial animosity he was clearly looking to engender.

Props to guest Deirdre Imus for immediately smacking down the agenda. “Everyone comes at life at a different angle and a different perspective… So I don’t think it’s fair to compare,” she said. “…Don’t deny that there’s racism and racial disparity!”

Hannity, perhaps trying to hide his own very ugly record on race, said, “There’s white on black racism, black on white racism but it is not the majority of Americans by any stretch.”

Well, that’s good to know. Because when Hannity’s pal, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson announced on Hannity & Colmes that “most blacks” in Tennessee are “so racist,” Hannity didn’t even let his other guest rebut. In fact, Hannity seems to have some kind of obsession with black racism – and a special affinity for white bigots. Check out the Fox Attacks Black America video below (I assisted in the making of it) and note which Fox host has a starring role.

Guest Katie Pavlich jumped at Hannity’s race bait. Which is no surprise given her blatantly condescending and hostile attitude toward African Americans. First, she sneered that Holder did not, like Rice, suffer segregation (suggesting he was more “black” than patriotic) and moved on to blame President Obama for opposing school choice (which, Pavlich questionably claimed, would erase school segregation). “So if anyone’s at fault here, it’s the Obama administration,” she said in a taunting, mean-girl voice.

But leave it to guest Gavin McInnes – who last week likened gay advocacy to sharia law – to be the most deliberately offensive. “That Eric Holder attitude is crippling for blacks. Because when you portray the world as ‘they’re out to get you. You can’t make it. It’s no use even trying,’ that’s much more harmful than any of this mythical racism.”

Well, that’s good to know, too. Because if there’s any group that continuously whines about their victimhood, it’s conservatives on Fox. So we’ll look for McInnes to speak out about their crippling attitude. But don’t hold your breath.

Meanwhile, Hannity quickly suggested Michelle Obama and Eric Holder were in some kind of racial cabal: “To me it was suspicious, her and Eric Holder, the same weekend? Why?”

Pavlich had a racially hate-filled answer at the ready: “Because they have to keep the bar lowered because they have a certain sector – voting block – that keeps them in office based on…” I couldn’t hear the rest of her answer but I think we can guess the gist.

Watch Hannity’s panel whitesplain racism in America below via Media Matters.

Republicans Are Racists? No, It’s Just All a Big Coincidence

attribution: Reuters

The Daily Beast

The revolting comments. The emails. The jokes. The posters. The T-shirts. The ghostwriters. It’s not like it’s a pattern or something.

Come on, fellow liberals. Calm down. I guess maybe it’s fair to call Cliven Bundy a racist. That “picking cotton” business put it over the top, and wondering whether they were better off under slavery. Even Sean Hannity, Bundy’s greatest media champion, threw in the towel last night: He wanted it to be “abundantly clear,” Hannity said at the top of his show, that he found the remarks “downright racist,” “repugnant,” “beyond disturbing,” and so on.

OK, so Bundy’s a racist. It’s fine to point that out. But point up the fact that he’s a registered Republican? That’s where I draw the line, friends. I mean, come on. That’s just a coincidence. Total cosmic coincidence.

Just like it’s a coincidence that that one black comic, a Barack Obama impersonator, was yanked offstage at an official Republican Party meeting in 2011 for telling a series of racially themed jokes. I mean, that could easily have happened at a Democratic—well, maybe not. But still. A coincidence. Just like it’s a coincidence that one federal judge who sent an email around to friends saying that Obama’s father was a dog happened to be a Republican.  Complete and utter accident of fate, the puny matter of his voter enrollment.

Those rancidly racist T-shirts and posters  one sometimes sees at Tea Party rallies? They’re just a coincidence, too. I mean, Tea Party people might not be Republican, strictly speaking, and it’s totally unfair to assume that! OK, Tea Party candidates run in Republican primaries, not Democratic ones, and the Tea Party caucus in the House doesn’t include one Democrat.  But still. Guilt by association!

Bundy has a broad libertarian streak, too. But please, let’s not suggest that libertarian-leaning Republicans might be a little racist, too. I mean, again, what’s the evidence for such a statement? What—the fact that Ron Paul’s ghostwriter(s) of his newsletters in the 1990s had very clear Confederate sympathies?  If I were you, I would be careful about drawing any inferences from that. It was a long time ago. And a sentence like this one: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began” …well, admit it. It’s open to ambiguity. Can be interpreted in any number of ways.

What’s that? You counter by telling me that all that was two decades ago? OK. You’re right. And you’re right that it’s also a coincidence that his son Rand’s ghostwriter—that’s Rand Paul, the current Republican front-runner to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2016—on his book also has expressed sympathetic views about the Confederacy?  Remember this guy—called himself the Southern Avenger, was photographed wearing a stars and bars superhero kind of mask? It’s just a coincidence that he ended up in Rand Paul’s orbit.

Really. Stop taking these little things out of context and acting like they constitute a pattern. They just don’t. OK? The pattern liberals ought to be worried about is the following one.Really. Stop taking these little things out of context and acting like they constitute a pattern. They just don’t. OK?

A century ago, or more, it was the Democratic Party that was playing footsie with the Ku Klux Klan. Even worse—the Klan, in the Deep South anyway, was almost an arm of the Democratic Party. Sure, it was a century ago, and the parties have completely flipped identities since then, but so what? I still don’t hear an answer! That’s No. 1.

No. 2: Robert Byrd was in the KKK! That it was 60 years ago and that he recanted 40 years ago and that he hasn’t been a truly leading Democrat since 30 years ago and that he’s dead now, well, none of those things matter. Robert Byrd was in the KKK! This one fact will blot the Democratic escutcheon forever.

And No. 3: Everett Dirksen passed the Civil Rights Act, pal. Not Lyndon Johnson. Not Speaker John McCormack, not Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. They were all Democrats, you see, and they were compromised, polluted by the racists in their party. But Dirksen, the pure Dirksen. He made it all happen; the deus ex machina of the whole thing. Those people who point out that the Southern racists moved to the GOP, and that today’s GOP would have no room for the likes of a Dirksen… I have one sentence for them: Bobby Byrd was in the KKK!

So really. Go after Bundy all you want. He’s deplorable, just like Sean Hannity said. But the idea that he represents anything? That others of similar circumstance might have views anything like his on racial matters? Shame on you. That he’s an enrolled Republican is, again, just a coincidence. Everything. The signs. The emails. The jokes. The ghostwriters. They’re all just coincidences. Got it?

And by the way—you still haven’t explained what Robert Byrd was doing in the KKK.

Sean Hannity and Fox News quickly distance themselves from Cliven Bundy

Sean Hannity. Screenshot via Fox News.

I am so not a Sean Hannity fan, but to his credit, Hannity is the only public figure  supporting Bundy’s cause who came out and directly condemened what Bundy said.  The rest of the Bundy sychophant politicians had issued statements via their legislative assistants…

The Raw Story

Fox News host Sean Hannity denounced Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on his radio show on Thursday following Bundy’s repeated comments wondering if “Negroes” are better off as slaves, while his network continued to shift from promoting Bundy to ignoring him.

[Ed's note: This piece has been updated. See below.]

“His comments are beyond repugnant to me,” Hannity said in audio posted by Media Matters.“They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.”

Hannity had emerged as Bundy’s most vocal supporter on the conservative news channel, but on Thursday he argued that his interest in the case was in criticizing what he felt was an overblown response by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) toward Bundy’s 20-year refusal to pay federal grazing fees for his cattle.

“In this case, you’ve got a couple of hundred armed agents, snipers, sharpshooters, dogs, stun guns,” Hannity said of federal officials. “And then you’ve got another group coming out because they think it’s government overreach. It was a prescription for a disaster. Remember Waco, Ruby Ridge, all these other cases.”

Hannity also said Bundy’s comments angered him because they opened the door for Democrats to continue being able to claim that conservatives were racist.

“People that, for the right reasons, saw this case as government overreach now are branded because of the ignorant, racist, repugnant, despicable comments of Cliven Bundy,” Hannity lamented, before saying he couldn’t even stand to listen to audio of Bundy attempting to clarify —then repeating — his comments on another conservative program.

“It reminds me of Todd Akin,” Hannity said after telling his producer to turn the clip off. “We had Todd Akin on this program like three days in a row, basically begging this idiot to get out of the race because he’s going to tarnish the image of anybody who’s a conservative or a Republican.”

While Hannity disavowed his connection to Bundy, Think Progress reported that Fox News continued to remain mum on the subject on Thursday though one attempt to discuss Bundy earlier in the day was squashed by host Gretchen Carlson.

Instead of running Bundy’s public response to the controversy — during which he repeatedly referred to African-Americans as “the Negroes” — Fox allegedly ran a segment criticizing media outlets for not questioning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton more aggressively about the Benghazi embassy attack in September 2012.

Update, 7:04 p.m. EST: Mediaite reported that Hannity also changed his tune regarding his recent criticism of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, suggesting he was a fan of Stewart’s show.

“I think Jon Stewart is extremely talented and funny,” Hannity said. “I don’t know, I must be missing the chip because some of my friends said ‘Hannity, he took you down last night.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, it was pretty funny, I laughed.’”

Earlier this week, Hannity called Stewart a “hack” and an apologist for President Barack Obama after Stewart did a monologue about Hannity’s support for Bundy.

Listen to Hannity’s commentary, as posted on Thursday, below.

Hear the audio here…

Jon Stewart deftly shows Sean Hannity why you don’t pick a fight with Jon Stewart

The Week

On Thursday night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart admitted that he is, in fact, a bit obsessed with Fox News host Sean Hannity, as Hannity had suggested on his show Tuesday night. But obsession isn’t pretty, and Stewart didn’t mean it in a nice way. On The Daily Show, calling someone “the Arby’s of news” isn’t a compliment.

This brewing spat started on Monday night, when Stewart mocked Hannity for supporting Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his battle against the federal BLM. Hannity hit back on Tuesday night. On Wednesday’s show, Stewart walked through Hannity’s criticisms and showed why the Fox News star is tossing his verbal stones from a glass house.

Stay with it until the end, though. That’s when Stewart moves from his typical clip juxtaposition and satirical gymnastics to a timely history lesson about the founding fathers and the rule of law. Hannity’s colleague Bill O’Reilly has a long-running, largely friendly, mutually beneficial feud going with Stewart, but Hannity just walked into a trap: Stewart’s simply better at this game, and his writers do their homework. –Peter Weber

Coulter Battles Hannity over Tea Party: It’s Being Taken Over by ‘Shysters and Con Men!’

Mediaite

Ann Coulter sat down with Sean HannityWednesday night to talk about the birth of the tea party movement five years ago this week (borne from and whether it still has the same kind of power and influence it did years ago, most prominently when a tea party wave helped bring in a Republican House in 2010.

And while the two agreed the tea party is still a big force, Coulter immediately went after people she believes are manipulating tea partiers for their own benefit, “tricking Americans to send them money.” She said these tea partiers keep railing against the establishment GOP with the risk of tanking their chances of taking back the Senate.

Hannity shot back that they’re just sticking to principle, but Coulter insisted you can’t repeal Obamacare if you don’t first take control of Congress. She shouted, “Fight to give them a majority, then we will repeal Obama and have Keystone!”

She concluded that there are “shysters and con men” ruining the tea party, and no one should donate a penny to them if they have any interest in helping the cause of the Republican party.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

Stewart Finds Minority NY’ers Who’ll Stop Being Minorities So Hannity Will Stay

Mediaite

On Monday, The Daily Show host Jon Stewarttook on the controversy surrounding comments made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who suggested that far-right conservatives running for office are not welcome in the Empire State. Noting that Fox host Sean Hannity pledged to leave the state as a result of those comments, Stewart worked out an innovative way to convince the conservative broadcaster to stay in New York.

The Daily Show talked to gay couples pledging to marry people of the opposite gender, cab drivers pledging to abandon their accents, food vendors promising to stop selling Halal meats, and African-American youths pledging to take off their hoodies if Hannity would stay.

RELATED: Sarah Palin, Madonna and More Win ‘Racist’ Awards on The Daily Show

Even the cast of Jersey Boys got in on the backhanded begging of Hannity to remain a New Yorker.

Watch below, via Comedy Central:

Part 1

Part 2

Tuesday Blog Roundup – 12-17-2013

The fear of a black Santa continues

Judge orders NSA to stop phone spying

Paul Ryan On Immigration: ‘No Amnesty’

Christie scandal almost too absurd to believe

Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds

Snowden to Brazil: Swap you spying help for asylum

Jeh Johnson confirmed as secretary of homeland security

Senate Conservatives Fund accuses Boehner of discrimination. Against conservatives.

Arizona Woman Gets Punched for Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Instead of ‘Merry Christmas’

Media Matters staff: Fox’s Sean Hannity: “The Pope Sounds Like He Is Against Capitalism”

Homophobic RNC Committee Member Accuses Gay Colleagues Of Manipulating Health Benefits

Sean Hannity On NSA Surveillance, Then And Now

Media Matters

Sean Hannity is warning that data mining and surveillance are “very clear violation[s] of the Fourth Amendment,” a drastic change for the Fox News host, who was a loud defender of National Security Agency surveillance during the Bush administration.

Media Matters offers a look at Hannity on NSA surveillance, then and now.

 

9 Things Said By Potential Jurors In Zimmerman Trial That Made Us Go “Hmmm?”

Looks like it might be a very long trial…

Global Grind

George Zimmerman’s trial is here. And though we’re all anticipating the outcome, we have to tackle first things first.

Jury selection. And that daunting process of choosing six jurors and four alternates is proving difficult, hilarious, sad, and LONG.

Let me break it down for you:

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ordered the clerk of counts to summon a total of 500 potential jurors. Between 100 and 200 of those showed up the first day, and 100 more will show up each day as needed until the panel is seated. Each potential juror will be given a lengthy questionnaire to fill out. Nelson and lawyers will review them and then question the jurors individually.

And the questioning, if you haven’t been keeping up, is too interesting to miss. Here are a few things that were said that made us go HMMM????

Juror B-29: A lady from Chicago says she doesn’t watch news…she prefers Bad Girls Club.

Damn, so do we! We were just embarrassed to say…

Juror B-12: How did this woman react to her court summons? “Oh my goodness, I might be on Zimmerman!”

It’s not a show…so….

Juror B-51: Her family doesn’t have time to discuss Trayvon and Zimmerman. Why? Because they talk more about their “family dysfunction” than the news.

Yes…family dysfunction is REAL.

Juror B-37: When the state attorney asked her to describe Trayvon, she referred to him as a “boy of color.” Ummm…

Can we just retire “color” and all of its derivatives?

Juror B-37: Oh. She also only uses the internet to find recipes. Oh, and information on her 10+ pets.

You mean you don’t check GlobalGrind? Duh! Somebody is missing out!

Juror B-35: One of the two black jurors so far watches Fox News and Sean Hannity. He also doesn’t believe that the killing was racially motivated. He also called civil rights leaders who focused on racial aspect of the case “so-called.”

The defense’s dream guy…

Juror B-86: What she remembers about Trayvon? Her sons making fun of the “Skittles” that he was holding when he was shot.

Ummm…what?

Juror B-86: Thought she heard that Trayvon was expelled from school. That struck a chord because she’s “big on school discipline.” And so, she wasn’t so sure she could get over that detail in the case…

Uhhhhh…

And last but not least…AGAIN…

Juror B-86: If Trayvon wasn’t “expelled” from school, he might be alive today.

WOW WOW WOW WOW!