On Fox News, Cunningham repeatedly referred to Obama as "Barack Hussein Obama"

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On Hannity's America, conservative radio talk-show host Bill Cunningham repeatedly called Sen. Barack Obama "Barack Hussein Obama." Discussing the Democratic presidential primaries, Cunningham asserted: "I've had a couple individuals tell me that after the so-called 'white voters' in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in heavily, especially in Iowa, for Barack Hussein Obama and then in New Hampshire, Hillary kind of made a little bit of a comeback. There has been a conscious effort by Bubba [Bill] Clinton to smear and to slime Barack Hussein Obama on the race issue."

During the January 27 edition of Fox News' Hannity's America, conservative radio talk-show host Bill Cunningham repeatedly called Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) "Barack Hussein Obama." Discussing the Democratic presidential primaries with host Sean Hannity, Cunningham asserted: "Sean, I've had a couple individuals tell me that after the so-called 'white voters' in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in heavily, especially in Iowa, for Barack Hussein Obama and then in New Hampshire, Hillary kind of made a little bit of a comeback. There has been a conscious effort by Bubba [Bill] Clinton to smear and to slime Barack Hussein Obama on the race issue." Cunningham also asserted: "Barack may win, but he's been slimed by Bubba, and there's nothing he can do about it. The Clintons know what they are doing, and I'm afraid Barack Hussein Obama does not." Later, Cunningham predicted that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will "sweep" the February 5 primaries and claimed: "It's going to happen because the Clintonistas knew they had to slime Barack just like they slimed Ken Starr to get their way. They give the goodies to the Marc Riches, and they slime people like Ken Starr, Kathleen Willey, and Barack Hussein Obama. And the poor guy is so naïve, he can't figure out what's going on."

Cunningham has previously referred to Obama as "Barack Mohammed Hussein Obama" despite the fact that "Mohammed" is not a part of Obama's name.

A search of the Nexis database showed that Cunningham has appeared on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes 19 times, most recently on December 19. Cunningham has also appeared twice on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, most recently during the November 6, 2007, edition. Discussing an amateur video that had surfaced showing a New Jersey high school teacher "screaming at his class and pulling the chair from underneath a student who refused to stand for the national anthem" during the March 3, 2005, edition of Hannity & Colmes, Cunningham said that "we need more teachers beating people [students] about the face and head, especially on the derriere."

From the January 27 edition of Fox News' Hannity's America:

HANNITY: And good evening, everyone. Welcome to an all-new edition of Hannity's America. We get right to our top story tonight -- the race to the White House. Now, we're in the final stretch. There are less than two weeks from Super Tuesday, and it's still anyone's game.

And for all the latest on the campaign trail, we bring back our two-on-two panel. On my side, radio talk-show host -- we call him "The Great One Number Two" -- Bill Cunningham from WLW, also nationally syndicated. Our well-meaning liberal friends, Democratic strategist Tanya Acker and Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers.

Bill Cunningham, you're a great American. Welcome back.

CUNNINGHAM: Sean, it's always good to be with a man like you.

HANNITY: I don't know how to take that, but it's always good to see you. Let's start with the contention on the campaign trail going on all week here. We've got the Democrats, all throughout the party, are angry and beginning to lash out at Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton claims the Obama camp is starting a hit campaign against him and stirring up race issues. What's going on with the Democratic side?

CUNNINGHAM: Sean, I've had a couple individuals tell me that after the so-called "white voters" in Iowa and New Hampshire weighed in heavily, especially in Iowa, for Barack Hussein Obama and then in New Hampshire, Hillary kind of made a little bit of a comeback. There has been a conscious effort by Bubba Clinton to smear and to slime Barack Hussein Obama on the race issue. The most dangerous place to be in politics, as Kirsten I'm sure knows, is between a desired goal and the Clintonistas, because you will get run over. You will get [Jeff] Gillooly and the Tonya Harding --

HANNITY: Let me ask you this question: Do you think this is a strategy of the Clintons'? In other words, is the strategy to -- for Bill to step in because Hillary has all these unfavorable ratings, absorb -- in other words, he becomes the more unlikable Clinton to sort of make her a more likable figure? Do you think this is a strategy on their part?

CUNNINGHAM: Sean, the Clintons are not major-league hit men, they are Hall of Famers. And they had the meeting, they decided that Bubba was going to be the vice-presidential hit man and that Hillary will rise above the fracas. And he was going to get Barack in the mud, and when you fight with pigs in the mud, you come up dirty even if you win. Barack may win, but he's been slimed by Bubba, and there's nothing he can do about it. The Clintons know what they are doing, and I'm afraid Barack Hussein Obama does not.

HANNITY: Tanya, is this a strate-- you're laughing. Is this a strategy of the Clintons'?

ACKER: I'm laughing for so many reasons. First off, the slime machine is coming from people like Bill who love to throw out this "Barack Hussein Obama," as if most Americans --

HANNITY: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Wait a minute.

ACKER: -- wait a second -- as if they're not smart enough --

[crosstalk]

HANNITY: Wait a minute. [Former Sen.] Bob Kerrey [D-NE], a Clinton surrogate, uses the same name. And there's been a lot of Clinton surrogates that brought up the drug use, maybe drug dealing --

ACKER: There is -- let me first address the issue of this purported feud between the Clintons and Obama campaign. This is absolutely media-driven. You guys enjoy talking --

HANNITY: You guys?

ACKER: -- about it more than any Americans. I mean, you right-leaning people.

HANNITY: You right-leaning people?

ACKER: I'm trying to be respectful.

HANNITY: That's what we are, Bill.

ACKER: You right-leaning people.

HANNITY: We are a bunch of right-leaning people, Bill Cunningham.

CUNNINGHAM: The moderate middle, the moderate middle.

ACKER: You enjoy talking about this more than any American enjoys hearing about it. And I've got to say, you don't sound very moderate to me.

HANNITY: Oh, I don't sound moderate to you. Well, I don't think there's anything you can cite that's extreme here. You know, Kirsten, back to Tanya's criticism about Bill using Barack Obama's full name. Now, Bob Kerrey did it as a surrogate for Hillary. And then Hillary responded in saying, "No, that was meant to be a compliment." So why would you -- why would Bill Cunningham, radio talk-show host, be chastised and not Bob Kerrey?

POWERS: I don't know. I mean, if that's what he wants to call him, he can call him his name. I mean, I really don't care. I have to say that, you know, Sean, I don't think -- I don't really usually like to defend you, but I have to say, I don't think you're the only person who's interested in the feud between Bill and Barack, which is a very real feud. But I do agree that this is something the media has latched on to and has just fallen in love with, and it's become the only narrative. But I do think the fight's a real fight. I mean, I think that's undeniable.

HANNITY: All right. But Kirsten, here's the question: Do you think it's a strategy of the Clintons'? Did they think this up to draw attention away from Hillary, or do you think this is a compulsive, out-of-control, angry ex-president?

POWERS: It's not. No, he's not out of control. And I think everything they do, for the most part, is strategic. I don't -- I think it's more that they had to engage him, that he wasn't really -- his record wasn't really being questioned. And the first time Bill Clinton really came out and really went after him was right before New Hampshire, and started saying -- well, and a little bit before, you know, the "roll the dice" thing and the night before New Hampshire. And I think it was just more that they had to break through because it just wasn't getting out there. And Barack Obama was taking off, and they had to do something.

HANNITY: Bill Cunningham, earlier in the week, Bill Clinton suggested that his wife may lose the South Carolina race, which we have been reporting on, because many black voters are siding with Barack Obama. And as I listen to that I said, "Oh, so, is he suggesting that the only reason voters in South Carolina are voting for Barack Obama is because they're black?"

CUNNINGHAM: Look what's going on, because I think the Clintonistas are doing now to Barack what they did to Ken Starr, what they did to Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick.

POWERS: Oh, yeah. Poor Ken Starr.

CUNNINGHAM: They're sliming him to such an extent, and they have made this issue about race. There are more white Democrats than black Democrats.

She's going to sweep, I think, Super Tuesday coming up in, what, about nine days. It's going to happen because the Clintonistas knew they had to slime Barack just like they slimed Ken Starr to get their way. They give the goodies to the Marc Riches, and they slime people like Ken Starr, Kathleen Willey, and Barack Hussein Obama. And the poor guy is so naïve --

POWERS: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I can't listen to this, Sean.

CUNNINGHAM: -- he can't figure out what's going on.

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