Fox News was slow to get to the Trayvon Martin shooting story, but it seems to be catching up. Last week, about all Sean Hannity could say on the radio was that it was a tragedy all the way around. This week, he had his partisan shoes on.
He spent a segment or two lamenting the politicization of the case, then several segments politicizing it. Evidence pointing to the guilt of George Zimmerman was ignored; exculpatory evidence was thoroughly aired. And he blasted Spike Lee, Rosanne Barr, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, Democrats in Congress and, of course, President Obama for failing to adequately condemn all of those parties. Conservatives hate the nanny state, but want the president to be the national scolding nanny.
Hannity’s hypocrisy wasn’t the hardest part of this to take. If you can’t handle hypocrisy, then you aren’t strong enough to listen to Hannity. I, too, believe that people are innocent until proven guilty (which doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be charged). What makes it hard to handle is that in all of the years I have listened to Hannity, I have never heard him acknowledge the possibility that whites can be racists. He seems to be vaguely aware that we enslaved black people in some distant century, but he has never seen a thing since to persuade him that racism still exists — except by black people against white people.
But even that wasn’t as hard to take as his interview with Mitt Romney, who willingly submits to Hannity’s softball hackery while mostly ducking actual journalists. It wasn’t anything in particular that Romney said — same old, same old — it was his smarmy, eager-to-please, half-fawning, half-patronizing manner that bugged me. I couldn’t help but think of Al Gore, who is a smart fellow and who no doubt would have made a better president than George Bush II. But I remember how hard it was during the campaign to listen to Gore’s schoolmarm tones and imagine eight years of that. It probably cost him the election. With Romney, I get the same feeling.
But toughest of all to take is this post by Glenn Reynolds. Reynolds’ blog actually introduced me to the blogging world, and I used to read it faithfully. Half-baked cheap shots eventually led me to quit, so I didn’t know it had gotten quite this bad.