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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Nice job, Sean

This is a little old now, but I didn't want to post it and take focus away from Katrina. However, now's a good time.

Sometimes you gotta laugh it off, man. This is pretty damn funny.

Recently - on August 30th, to be exact - on The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity said this about protesters at the funeral of a young man who died in Iraq.

Hannity: So anyway, the story in Indianapolis goes like this, quote: "Emotions ran high for an Army soldier's funeral in Martinsville on Sunday. Sgt. Jeremy Doyle's sacrifice brought many out to honor him, but also sparked a standoff on a city street. People arriving to say goodbye to a hometown hero met an altogether different scene in Martinsville, as demonstrators dragging American flags on the ground and holding signs opposing U.S. troops. 'The thing that got us here is that Sergeant Doyle died for us to give us our freedom, and then you have people like this come. It's absurd,' one funeral attendee told News 8 in Indianapolis. Tensions grew before demonstrations [sic: demonstrators] finally left their location right across the street from Army Sgt. Jeremy Doyle's funeral service. According to the group's website, it sees America's -- Americans' deaths in Iraq as a kind of punishment for social misdeeds. Martinsville residents said that the protesters picked the wrong time in the wrong town to express their views. Which rightfully -- so they have their freedom of expression. Nobody's going to take that away from them, but there is a time and a place for this kind of thing, and it's certainly not here today."

Now, who's Jeremy Doyle? Well, he died along with three other soldiers on August the 18th, when their Humvee hit a landmine on an Iraqi highway. This guy died for all of us. His final journey was a procession down Main Street, past the courthouse square. "'If I had to lose a son, if I had to lose one, I'd -- I'd rather it be serving our country,' his father explained. The protesters were headquartered in Kansas. They traveled across the country to demonstrate against a soldier." And you know something? I guess this is just another example of how the anti-war left supports our brave troops. 'Cause isn't that what they always say? They're disrupting the funeral, tormenting a grieving family. Can you believe I even have to bring this story to the airwaves? And creating an incredible spectacle in the middle of an occasion to honor a guy who died serving his country? But of course, they're supporting our troops. They're not supporting them; they're targeting our troops! [link]

(Note: The Media Matters site has audio, so please visit them! They're a great resource).

Okay, why are Hannity's words funny?

The "anti-war left" Hannity is talking about here is Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps is famous for celebrating things like 9/11, the tsunamis, Katrina, and many other disasters. Phelps is upset with America for ... well, he and his own can say it best:

Pervert Clinton - in defiance of law prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the military - issued an executive order, resulting in Don't Ask Don't Tell opening the flood gates to fags in the military. Pervert Bush continued the Clinton outrage, and even strengthened it with winks and nods to further fill the army with fags and dykes - BEFORE he began his wars and desperately needed more boots on the ground. Now all restraints are off and fags freely enter and remain in all branches of our military - further enraging The Almighty, now America's implacable Enemy. They turned the army over to fags; they're coming home in body bags. [link]

And Hannity called them the "anti-war left."

If This Be Treason has a good post about this incident:

I really don’t think Hannity was calling Phelps a liberal. He never named the protesters as he usually does with Sheehan or Code Pink, this protester was unnamed. He also never said what was on the protest signs. I think he was just only using half the story to brew up hate and anger at those of us who are supportive of the troops and against the war in Iraq. That kinda puts Hannity on Phelp’s level - it is all about the hate. [link]

Ah, when I first saw Hannity's remarks? That was some eye-rollin' fun.


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