February 24, 2005

Congressman Foot-in-mouth

Maurice Hinchey (D, NY), the Congressman who recently made the charge that Karl Rove planted the forged documents at CBS, was on Sean Hannityís radio program this afternoon. While I didnít get to listen to the whole show (I was only able to catch bits between customers), it doesnít appear that Mr. Hinchey has improved his position much.

Iím not sure if Mr. Hinchey agreed to be on Hannityís show to apologize for his accusation, or to defend it, but he didnít really seem to do much of either. He repeatedly refused to answer Hannityís questions about having any proof, or questions about the appropriateness of the statement in the first place.

Then later in the segment, Hannity mentioned several times that Mr. Hinchey had threatened his career during one of the commercial breaks. When asked if he would apologize for this statement, he refused. He also frequently denied making a threat, but would not clarify what he meant when Hannity asked him to explain his statements.

Did anyone else hear this? I donít know what the rules pertaining to recording studio conversations during a commercial break are, but if the threat of intending to ruin Hannityís career are true, where does that fall in with infringing on Hannityís freedom of speech? We are talking about a congressman who threatened a radio broadcaster.

This might also get mentioned on Hannity and Colmes tonight, but at work, I donít get FOX News. So if they talk about it, someone please let me know.

Iím just glad that heís not my congressman. Itís bad enough heís from my state. But at least heís from the other endÖ

Posted by GEBIV at February 24, 2005 09:29 PM

"where does that fall in with infringing on Hannity’s freedom of speech? "

I don't think Hinchy was acting in his capactity as a member of the government when he said those things, so I don't think it's a 1st Amendment issue.

Posted by: Harvey at February 25, 2005 01:32 PM

Yeah, your probably right. But imagine if it was a left wing radio host with a conservative congressman...

Posted by: GEBIV at February 25, 2005 05:01 PM
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