Blazing Exciting New Trails for Partisanship: Media Matters Blasts Hannity for NOT Being a Hypocrite

Media Matters: this aggressive, but far less effective

Whenever a leftist gets in hot water, you can count on Media Matters to find a way to steer the conversation toward alleged conservative misconduct. Yesterday, they dug past the headlines about Keith Olbermann getting (briefly) suspended for donating to Democrat candidates, and posed the question on everyone’s (and by “everyone’s” I mean “nobody’s”) mind: yeah, but what about Sean Hannity?

Last Friday, Fox News’ Sean Hannity refrained from discussing MSNBC’s decision earlier that day to suspend host Keith Olbermann for having contributed to political candidates. Hannity’s silence on Olbermann’s suspension speaks volumes about his own actions.

After all, Hannity has personally contributed to GOP candidates and regularly promotes and allows GOP candidates to use his show as a fundraising platform. Thus, it isn’t surprising that the Fox superstar would remain silent.

They follow with a long list of instances in which Hannity has openly endorsed, donated, and fundraised for Republican candidates. Which I’m sure is all very interesting…to people who somehow never realized that Hannity was a conservative.

The absurdity of the Olbermann case was in MSNBC pretending he was something other than a partisan commentator, not that Olbermann had actually been doing something underhanded or betraying his viewers’ trust (besides, let’s face it: the only people still tuning in to “Countdown” are there because they want to be lied to).

And while Olbermann may still cast himself as the reborn Edward R. Murrow from time to time, Hannity doesn’t pretend not to have a conservative agenda. Most people, I’d bet, would be more surprised if they learned that Olby and Hannity didn’t donate to Democrat and GOP candidates, respectively.

Sure, it would have been hypocritical of Hannity to condemn Olbermann’s donating…which, call me crazy, might be why HE DIDN’T CRITICIZE HIM FOR IT. At least now we know that Media Matters apparently considers it just as scandalous for their political foes to not engage in hypocritical behavior as it is for them to actually be hypocritical. We often lament being damned if we do and damned if we don’t in partisans’ eyes, but rarely do we get such an explicit example of the truism. Thanks, Media Matters!


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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