This afternoon, Sean Hannity trotted out Fox News host Oliver North to discuss the controversy surrounding Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's description of his military service. North repeatedly claimed that Blumenthal is a "liar," and went on to comment that the party's continued support for Blumenthal indicates that "Democrats have a higher tolerance for deceit then anybody else on the planet":
In case you've forgotten, lies and deceit are pretty much what North is famous for:
Oliver L. North, a Marine lieutenant colonel assigned to the National Security Council staff beginning in 1981 until he was fired on November 25, 1986, was the White House official most directly involved in secretly aiding the contras, selling arms to Iran, and diverting Iran arms sales proceeds to the contras.
North was indicted in March 1988 on 16 Iran/contra charges, along with Poindexter, retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim in a 23-count indictment. After the cases were severed and the central conspiracy charges were dropped due to classified-information problems, North stood trial beginning in February 1989 on 12 counts. On May 4, 1989, he was found guilty of three counts, including aiding and abetting obstruction of Congress, shredding and altering official documents, and accepting an illegal gratuity from Secord. North's convictions were vacated on July 20, 1990, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony.
The obstruction of Congress charge dealt in part with North's admitted lies to members of Congress regarding whether he had given military advice to the Nicaraguan Contras and raised money for them.
What did Ollie North's deceit get him? He became a cause célèbre for the GOP's right wing, which helped him nab the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia in 1994 and raise $20 million. And now, of course, he gets a paycheck from the GOP's communications arm at Fox, and does radio interviews with Sean Hannity. But again, it's the Democrats that have a "high tolerance for deceit."
From the April 15 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Oliver North falsely claimed that a recent DHS report concluded that "right-wing extremism is the number one threat to American safety and security." In fact, the report does not make any conclusions about what is the biggest threat to "American safety and security" overall.
Since October 16, numerous media figures -- among them Jerome Corsi, Ann Coulter, Mark Levin, and Bill Cunningham -- have compared Sen. Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis.
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Despite the clear risks undertaken by journalists covering the Iraq war, some conservatives in the media have repeatedly questioned the courage of journalists in Iraq, alleging that journalists covering the war fail to report "good news" because they are afraid to leave the heavily fortified Baghdad "Green Zone" to speak with Iraqis and coalition troops elsewhere in the country. Additionally, some conservatives have claimed that journalists' coverage of the Iraq war is distorted by their alleged hostility to President Bush and the war.
On Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Fox News host Oliver North told Sean Hannity that it was "interesting" that he had "not heard" Howard Dean denounce protesters who have disrupted the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, implying that the protestors were liberals or Democratic supporters. Neither North nor Hannity explained that the protesters are, in fact, members of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.
Appearing on Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Oliver North said, "There is no such thing as an Islamic moderate."
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