Referring to Rep. John Murtha's recent statements on President Bush's troop increase strategy in Iraq, Sean Hannity asserted that "Democrats are going to have an even harder time trying to win the White House on a blame-Bush and the Republicans platform now that their loudest critic has gone to the other side." However, Murtha's comments did not indicate that he "has gone to the other side." Rather, Murtha said: "I think the surge is working, I think -- but that's only one element. ... But the thing that has to happen, the Iraqis have to do this themselves." In a November 30 statement, Murtha also reiterated his support for withdrawing troops from Iraq.
During a Hannity's America "Clinton Chapters" segment highlighting Hillary Clinton's alleged "connections with a communist law firm," host Sean Hannity omitted key points from reporting by The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein despite Hannity claiming his report was "based on reporting from ... Gerstein." Specifically, Hannity asserted that Jessica Mitford, the wife of one of the partners at the firm where Clinton held a summer internship, "decided to use her connection to the Clintons to get the state of Arkansas to drop the extradition or to completely pardon" an escaped fugitive after Bill Clinton had become Arkansas governor. But Hannity didn't note Gerstein's reporting that the Clintons rebuffed the request. Hannity also questioned whether Hillary Clinton had "sympathy with the Communist Party" in deciding to clerk at the firm but failed to note Gerstein's reporting quoting a partner in the law firm calling Clinton "much more of a classic liberal than the rest of us."
On Hannity & Colmes, Media Research Center president L. Brent Bozell III asserted: "[W]e knew that she [Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton] was in the middle of things. We knew that she was behind the whole FBI-gates." However, in March 2000, independent counsel Robert Ray determined that: "[T]here was no substantial and credible evidence that any senior White House official, or First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, was involved in seeking confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation background reports of former White House staff from the administrations of President Bush and President Reagan."
On Sean Hannity's radio show, Kathleen Willey said the FBI checked out the alibi of the person she claims "harmed or killed" her cat and "threatened [her] children" two days before her deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, but that the FBI found the alibi "not so much ironclad as uncheckable." But in her forthcoming book, Willey states that "FBI investigators looked into it thoroughly" and "[o]n the one hand, I was told that [suspect Cody] Shearer had an 'airtight' and 'ironclad' alibi, but another source told me that it was 'uncheckable.' " Media outlets have reported Shearer's statements that he has documents proving he was in California at the time Willey claims she was confronted by the "jogger."
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.