Noting that a Fox News text-message poll following the October 21 Republican presidential debate put Ron Paul in first place, Sean Hannity said, "Oh, this poll -- you've got all your supporters calling." Paul responded: "What, you mean your own poll isn't any good?" Hannity then said: "No, it's just a lot of fun." But Hannity has previously touted the results of the same type of text-message poll when those results were favorable for President Bush: In January, Hannity noted several times that "85 percent" of viewers who voted by text message said that Bush did an "excellent" job in his State of the Union address.
On Hannity & Colmes, former Sen. Rick Santorum asserted that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is "not doing any kind of interviews." Clinton has, in fact, given interviews to numerous media outlets in recent weeks, but Santorum's false claim went unchallenged.
Discussing an interview in which Sen. Barack Obama said he had stopped wearing a flag pin on his lapel during the lead-up to the Iraq war, Sean Hannity said on his radio show: "[W]hy do we wear pins? Because our country was under attack." He continued: "And to politicize once again the war to this extent. Well, who cares about the war? Are you proud of your country?" Yet while criticizing Obama for not wearing a flag pin, Hannity himself has not worn an American flag lapel pin on a number of recent occasions.
On Hannity's America, Sean Hannity asserted: "The left-wing group Media Matters denies that Soros gives them any funding, but IBD [Investor's Business Daily] suspects they may be getting his money indirectly through third parties." As Media Matters has repeatedly and exhaustively demonstrated, philanthropist George Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization.
On Hannity's America, Sean Hannity stated that it is "amazing" how the Iraq war "has become so politicized" and attacked Sen. Barack Obama, claiming that "one of the worst things ... we could ever have happen is have people like Barack Obama say that our troops are air-raiding villages and killing civilians." But in Obama's August 13 comments to which Hannity was referring, Obama was talking about Afghanistan when he said, "We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."
Sean Hannity claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton's new health-care plan is "basically repackaging her old proposal with new rhetoric ... in the hopes that we'll be dumb and we'll buy the new rhetoric," and that "in the end, it's going to be exactly what she was proposing in '93." Hannity suggested that a September 17 New York Times article reported that Clinton is falsely claiming that her new plan is different from the plan she proposed in 1993. In fact, the article reported that "[a] variety of health policy analysts ... said the change between Clinton 1 and Clinton 2 was striking."
On Hannity & Colmes, while discussing The Wall Street Journal's suggestion that businessman Norman Hsu may have funneled illegal campaign contributions to Sen. Hillary Clinton by reimbursing members of a California family, the Paws, for contributions made to Clinton under their names -- Sean Hannity asserted: "They [the Paws] only make $49,000 a year. Where did they get the $250,000?"
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named Fox News host Sean Hannity the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for defending musician and right-wing activist Ted Nugent after airing video footage of Nugent's smears of Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Olbermann also named Fox News' Brit Hume the "runner-up" for distorting recently published research on global warming.