Friday, August 19, 2016

To Hannity In a Handbasket

After yesterday’s political post, I thought I might give the subject of politics a miss for a few days. But Sean Hannity is getting on my nerves more than usual lately.  

In case you don’t know who Sean Hannity is (and God bless you for your innocence which I am now about to ruin), he’s a pundit on Fox News. Now, I could stop there and you might think you have all the info you need. You would figure he’s big on “Obama’s bad, Obama’s evil, Obama’s destroying America” yada yada yada. We all know the drill when it comes to these talking heads on Fox News. And yes, Sean Hannity is another one of these guys. But what makes Hannity so particularly irksome is not just the sheer hypocrisy that he displays on a nightly basis which even by Fox News standards is quite considerable.  No, the big problem with Hannity is how far he has crawled up Donald Trump’s rectum. 

Assuming You Tube hasn’t removed this, click here for JonStewart (Oh God, how we have missed you, Jon!) and his awesome takedown on Sean Hannity (or as he calls him, “Lumpy”) during a guest spot on Stephen Colbert’s show the week of the Republican convention. Among the things that Stewart takes Lumpy to task for is making fun of President Obama using a teleprompter yet compliments Donald Trump… for using a teleprompter. What the hell, Hannity?

Seriously, go watch the clip. Jon Stewart is on fire and you'll get to see Hannity make fun of Obama's choice of mustard. Really!

Recently CNN media reporter Brian Stelter presented a piece denouncing Hannity's speculation about Hillary Clinton's health and criticized Hannity for trumpeting Trump's claim that the 2016 election would be "rigged." 

Sean Hannity returned fire with "That's the type of coverage that CNN offers in this presidential race, as they literally kiss Hillary Clinton's ass and Obama's ass every day."

Sean Hannity literally doesn't know what "literally" means.

In case you're wondering, "I say, what's all this then about Hillary's health?", first of all, drop the fake bad British accent, it's just weird. But to address your inquiry, there is a conspiracy theory on conservative websites that Hillary Clinton is in poor health and is hiding that fact from the public. Clinton did have issues with her health in 2012 but to date, there is no documented evidence of the former Secretary of State suffering from any continuing or new maladies of any significance. This lack of evidence is why such conspiracies have not made it far past the environs of right wing websites. But a lack of evidence has never deterred Sean Hannity before. Get a load of this exchange from Hannity's program last week. 

HANNITY: Is it possible she had a stroke, or do you really believe it was a head injury, traumatic brain injury?

DANIEL KASSICIEH, BOARD-CERTIFIED NEUROLOGIST: I believe that she had a concussion with a possible brain injury. Of course, I haven't seen medical records, but the blood clot once it cleared up was no longer an issue. It was the latent effects of the concussion that I would be concerned about.

FOX MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT MARC SIEGEL: I saw the same video you saw, and I'm wondering about a word called 'aphasia' where you're searching for words, you suddenly lose those words, and that can be the sign, again, of some kind of traumatic brain injury or the after effects of a concussion.

CNN's Brian Stelter said this went much too far, describing Hannity as "rumor-mongering", engaging in "reckless speculation". Stelter has gone after Hannity before when Hannity promoted Donald Trump's comments that the election is "rigged". Hannity took to Twitter to accuse Stelter of ignoring the evidence.  

In response to criticism from The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, Sean Hannity had this to say on Twitter: 

Frankly Erik I just don't give a sh;) what liberal hacks like u think, check the ratings for the night. Oops I won!!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 22, 2016

If Sean Hannity's demeanor and temperament seem a tad familiar, you know like a certain orange skinned, weasel haired blowhard Presidential candidate, well, no wonder Hannity has such a hard-on for Donald Trump.  

Click here for the Washington Post article for more on this story.

I need to comment on the Donald Trump presidential campaign's latest attempt at re-invention or as the rest of the world sees it, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Among the changes made was naming Stephen Bannon as chief executive of the Trump campaign. Bannon's normal day job is executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News. 

Have you've ever looked at Fox News and said, "Hey, you know what this network needs? Even MORE raging assholes!" Well, someone arrived at that conclusion and created Breitbart News. You know how Sen. Mitch McConnell is always obstructing President Obama's legislative shit in the Senate? Breitbart News thinks McConnell isn't going far enough and should go obstruct Obama's actual shit in his colon. So the guy in charge of that festival of fuckers is now in charge of Trump's campaign.

This has gone beyond rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic; this is bringing in more ice.

Paul Mannafort who was the alleged grown up in the room as the previous guy "in charge" apparently got under Trump's skin by trying to make Trump behave himself. So all the stupid shit that Trump has been doing over the last several weeks was with someone actually trying to control him. Apparently Stephen Bannon's marching orders are to just let Trump do whatever the hell he wants. Which is what we all thought he was doing anyway.

So the deck chairs have been rearranged and extra ice carted in. And there's Sean Hannity descending on the deck of the Titanic to suggest that this is all Hillary Clinton's fault when she blacked out back in 2012 and rigged the election.

Oh, and Roger Ailes, former Fox News chairman and gregarious gropey girl grabber, is now on Team Trump helping with the campaign. Because apparently the Titanic needs a fucking flamethrower. 

Man, we're all going to Hannity in a handbasket.

Donald Trump's ventriloquist act with Lumpy McLumpster III


Finally, naked statues of Donald Trump appeared in 5 different cities in the United States. They are all gone now but the New York Parks and Recreation Department has made it clear they will not stand for this sort of thing. 

"NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small."  

Damn! That is a serious burn. 

By the way, if you want to see the whole thing, go look for it yourself. But I recommend you don't. I have seen it and there are things a person can never unsee. Even if you have to squint. 

And I'm so glad my suffering amuses you. 

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