Sean Hannity’s Letterman hypocrisy

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By R.J. Fried
The incident in question: President Obama and David Letterman "yucking it up" Tuesday in New York.
The incident in question: President Obama and David Letterman "yucking it up" Tuesday in New York.
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Fox News host Sean Hannity recently criticized President Obama for appearing on Late Show with David Letterman, completely ignoring that Mitt Romney has appeared on Letterman numerous times. Here is what Hannity said Wednesday night:

HANNITY: [Barack Obama] goes on Letterman, let’s just remind everybody – remember, Sandra Fluke, highlighted at the DNC. He calls her, ‘I’m so sorry that horrible things were said about you,’ but then he yucks it up with this guy…

LETTERMAN: One awkward moment in the game. Maybe you heard about it, saw it on the highlight reels. One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.

HANNITY: Her teenage daughter knocked up by Alex Rodriguez? Now, Sandra Fluke was a big issue. So tell me that’s not hypocrisy.

Letterman made the Palin joke on June 8, 2009. Mitt Romney was so offended by the joke that he “yucked it up” with Letterman on March 2, 2010, February 2, 2011, and December 19, 2011.

To be clear: Hannity’s argument is that it’s hypocritical for President Obama to defend a woman against offensive remarks then appear alongside someone who made offensive remarks about Palin’s daughter.

I guess Hannity could try to argue something like, “Yeah, well, Mitt Romney doesn’t defend women against offensive remarks so it’s not hypocritical for him to go on Letterman.”

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Sean Hannity's Letterman hypocrisy

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