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Lying for a “More Civil” Conservatism: Did FrumForum Repeat Slander Against Sean Hannity?

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Posted on July 7 2010 10:00 pm
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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David Frum’s self-serving war on talk radio has alienated many conservatives who once respected what he had to say, but the latest from his website may hit a new low.

FrumForum’s Tim Mak reports that a Mormon radio station in Salt Lake City has dropped Sean Hannity’s show, and it couldn’t possibly be a simple business decision:

While the station asserts that the move was made to make room for more local programming, the Salt Lake Tribune’s Glen Warchol reports that Hannity’s show apparently ran counter to the LDS-owned KSL radio’s new mission statement, which includes articles such as:

  • I honor principles espoused by our owner in the products and services I provide.
  • I promote integrity, civility, morality, and respect for all people.
  • I seek to lift, inspire, and help others find enduring happiness.

I have no idea what KSL’s motives are, and transparently biased though it may be, it’s hardly news that the FrumForum gang is happy to take the speculation of some lefty blogger as fact over the radio station’s own stated reasons for their decision.  No, it’s what comes next that crosses the line:

Warchol speculates that the controversial nature of Hannity’s show made it incompatible with these values, pointing to things that Hannity has said on his show, like: “I’ll tell you who should be tortured and killed at Guantanamo - every filthy Democrat in the U.S. Congress.” [Emphasis added.]

Such a vicious statement would certainly be enough to scare away stations, and rightly so.  Here’s the thing, though: there’s no evidence Hannity said it.

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