Sean Hannity, political talking head for Fox New's Hannity and Colmes, has his own radio show. On it he describes an 'anti-war protest' that took place outside of a soldiers funeral. Below are some quotes from the show:
Hannity: "Emotions ran high for an Army soldier's funeral in Martinsville on Sunday. Sgt. Jeremy Doyle's sacrifice brought many out to honor him, but also sparked a standoff on a city street. People arriving to say goodbye to a hometown hero met an altogether different scene in Martinsville, as demonstrators dragging American flags on the ground and holding signs opposing U.S. troops.....According to the group's website, it sees America's -- Americans' deaths in Iraq as a kind of punishment for social misdeeds....I guess this is just another example of how the anti-war left supports our brave troops."
What he left out is the group that protested the funeral was the Westboro Baptist Church which was founded by the Rev Fred Phelps. The WBC is responsible for the websites www.godhatesfags.com and www.godhatesamerica.com Rev Phelps, who is quite possibly insane, believes it's a good ideas to picket funerals of homosexuals and soldiers to spread his word that America is going to be destroyed because we're "coddling homosexuals." Picketing funerals is quite possibly the lowest of the low. I'm surprised Fred Phelps hasn't been assaulted yet.
Sean Hannity decided to use this example on his show to clearly misrepresent the anti-war movement. Phelp's website clearly states "Thank God for IEDs killing American soldiers in strange lands every day. WBC rejoices every time the Lord God in His vengeance kills or maims an American soldier with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)." To lump the WBC with someone who happens to be against the war in Iraq is ludicrous. Hannity's listeners may believe that the group was just a bunch of hippies who acted in poor taste, but in reality the group is nothing more then an anti-gay right wing nuts who arrogantly felt the family of the fallen soldier should rejoice in their loved one's death.
Hannity will still have his loyal following regardless of how often he is incorrect and/or deliberately misleading. This is a common theme amongst the personalities at Fox News. They are like gods in the eyes of their fans.
Is that "anti-war Left" or "anti-gay Right"?