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Calvin Freiburger

In Witchcraft-Gate, Left Suddenly Decides Alternative Lifestyles Are Terrible

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Posted on September 21 2010 7:00 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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The transparently dishonest character assassins at NewsHounds were lots of fun last time around, so let’s take a look at another of their anti-Sean Hannity screeds. Today, Ellen complains about Hannity’s Christine O’Donnell coverage:

Hannity added dishonesty to disingenuousness by saying that Bill Maher “led the charge” for Democrats by “trying to suggest that she (O’Donnell) dabbled in witchcraft as a high schooler.” In fact, as Hannity must surely know, Maher did not suggest anything. O’Donnell said it herself, plain as day, that she had dabbled in witchcraft.

Hannity’s suggestion that Maher “led the charge” is also blatantly false. Maher is no Democratic operative. He describes himself as a libertarian who endorsed Bob Dole. Maher released the video – and promises more – because O’Donnell has refused to come on his show (video below).

Can you say “semantics”? If Maher was the guy to first release the video, then of course it’s fair to say he took the lead on the story. If “trying to suggest” is inaccurate, because what Maher said was true—okay, whatever. Ellen’s found a technically inaccurate phrase on Hannity’s part, but considering that Hannity shows video of O’Donnell acknowledging it just seconds later, it’s also incredibly petty (admittedly, that is NewsHounds’ specialty). And to suggest that Bill Maher shouldn’t be identified among the Left…well, that takes considerable suspension of disbelief.

O’Donnell did nothing to help herself over the weekend by canceling two appearances on Sunday talk shows with dubious excuses. In fact, I’d argue that it’s really not about the witchcraft but O’Donnell’s cowardly response to the revelations. But somehow, neither Hannity nor his guest, deadbeat Dick Morris, seemed to think of that.

Personally, I’m not convinced that O’Donnell is all that great a candidate, and the witchcraft revelation is undeniably weird. But since when is it a shocker that kids routinely do stupid things in high school? As a general rule, teenagers are rarely anywhere near as sensible or as grown up as they like to think they are—or, apparently, as news anchors and partisan bloggers like to think they are, either.

In fact, last time I checked, the Left was real big on nonjudgmentalism, on letting people explore unorthodox ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, and other means of self-expression for themselves without society’s expectations boxing them in. I guess tolerance stops at election season’s edge.

Instead, Hannity “defended” O’Donnell by whining that nobody paid any attention to President Obama’s past. Right, nobody EVER discussed Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers (with whom Obama had at most a casual friendship long after Ayers had become an upstanding citizen) during the 2008 campaign.

More semantics: sure, it isn’t true that “nobody” covered Wright and Ayers, but it’s absolutely true that most of the mainstream press tried to bury the controversies, making the Left and the MSM’s attacks on O’Donnell clear instances of hypocrisy. (Oh, and Ellen? Ayers is still rather less than “upstanding,” and his friendship with Obama was a little more than “casual.”)

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