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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Palin fields Hannity softballs: Mediology, Sept. 10

FROM THE LEFT

*Media Matters for America (MMfA) has big problems with some things that Fox News’ Sean Hannity said on his eponymous program on Friday night. Criticizing the just-concluded Democratic National Convention, Hannity said, “They went out in this whole convention and they all lied. We created 4.5 million jobs. That’s not true what they said to the American people.”

MMfA cites these figures to knock down Hannity’s claim of a Democratic lie on job creation.

Guest Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, struck the authenticity theme. “What’s really going to upend this president is the fact...people don’t feel that he’s real anymore.”

Hannity asked Priebus to explain why that “4.5 million figure is a lie.” But Priebus continued with a broad-brush attack on the president and never got to the 4.5-million-job debunking. Guess we’ll have to wait on that.

Hannity is a blast to watch, in large part because of how he phrases his questions. They wouldn’t last too long in a courtroom. Here are just a couple of the ones that he posed the other night. To Priebus:

Explain how that 4.5 million figure is a lie. We’re running out of time.

To Sarah Palin:

Governor, so many broken promises. The media in this country ignores them. And he has comes up with a cut-paste, you know, speech again last night with a whole new laundry list of promises. It seems like we’ve got to focus on the old ones first, don’t we?

To Palin:

Governor, I watched last night, watched really closely, watched all the speeches as a matter of fact during this convention, boring, stale, uninspiring, out of ideas. I just didn’t feel it this time. And I knew in 2008, something huge was happening. I mean, them moving it inside, the weather was perfect, that was part of it. You know, what are the adjectives that you use?

As it turned out, Palin used negative adjectives.

FROM THE RIGHT

*Tim Grahamn of NewsBusters picks up on a book review by Jonathan Yardley in The Post that grazes a topic of current interest. Bill Clinton, that is. Here are the first two graphs:

Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley reviewed a new book on Sunday by historian William Chafe called Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal. The book included this bizarre concept: “in the strangest of ways, Clinton’s reckless sexual behavior actually enhanced their personal ties. It made their relationship more functional and productive.”
Yardley called this “a bit of a stretch.” Just a bit??

Graham wonders: Whatever the impact on the Clintons, what about the United States of America?

By  |  08:57 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Tags:  bill clinton, sean hannity, washington post, tim graham, newsbusters, sarah palin, fox news

 
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