Why Seanny Can’t Read

Last night on the Faux Nooz™ Hannity and Colmes Show, after the smearing of Al Gore, Live Earth and a REALLY CREEPY video smear of Robert Kennedy Jr., I had the singular surreal honor of being cluelessly smeared by not only that increasingly corpulent studmuffin roué of the Right, Sean Hannity, but also that media chameleon, that spray-tanned Faux pundit, the creepy Brent Bozell, discussing Earth shattering questions such as:

Hannity: Hart Williams is a liberal blogger who went from porn to politics, and is now threatening some of our good friends because he doesn’t like what Rush Limbaugh and Ted Nugent have said about him and his quote friends and peers, Williams said unquote.

[CUT TO GRAPHIC]: (sic, since we’re ‘unquote’) “Now I’ve got dibs on

Being quoted by Hannity

Rush, as soon as it’s legal and lawful to shoot him. Whoever wants Ted Nugent is welcome to him, but I would prefer that you would call it now …

[Next screen]

so as to conserve on ammunition. We will need to manage it prudently.”

Just so’s you can see the context, here’s MY full quote (the dénouement of the 5th of July column, part 2 of 2 from the 4th of July column):

I will only reiterate what I’ve said before: WHEN they manage to inevitably push their litany of hatespeak into actual bloodletting, and full-blown civil war (for there is no other place that this hatred of American against American can go), well …

I’ve got dibs on Rush, as soon as it’s legal and lawful to shoot him.

Whoever wants Ted Nugent is welcome to him, but I would prefer that you would call it now, so as to conserve on ammunition. We will need to manage it prudently.

But when the day comes that they have finally set brother against brother, and sister against sister in the name of their pocketbooks, I won’t approach exterminating them with anything approaching remorse. They’ve already told me what they think of me, of my friends and of my peers.

Now, I’m returning the favor.

Put that in your pipe and have the WSJ editorial staff show you how to smoke it, Nugent.

Courage.

Gee, cherrypicking from Fair and Balanced™ Faux Nooz™? Who’d a thunk?

But, without bothering to answer the charges Bozell and Hannity (Should he be arrested? Should he be investigated? Should he be silenced?), it strikes me that people need to understand that I’ve been utterly consistent in my j’accuse! of Rush’s reflexive hatred and its consequences for ten years. A position that’s now being satanically spun BACK at me: that I’m the hatespeaking, I’m the hatemeister, I’m the hatecriminal. Suddenly I feel I’m trapped in a bad Hollywood movie. Or a Kafka short story. (“In the Penal Colony”?)

So, here’s the links to Bozell’s Media Busters (“Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”) who enthusiastically chronicled their boss’ spray-on tan. Below it is what I wrote about Rush and someone equally far to the “left” and the consequences of the rhetoric of hate that was then (January 9, 1994) taking over our political stage, seemingly for good. Witness Hannity’s KNOWING smear.

And thanks to Alan Colmes who read (albeit haltingly) the portion of the quote that Hannity suppressed (3:36 of the Newsbusters video: “heyuh Brent, I wanna go back to what this uh … what this blogger said …)

WHEN they manage to inevitably push their litany of hatespeak into actual bloodletting, and full-blown civil war (for there is no other place that this hatred of American against American can go), well …

Of course, Colmes, literally reflexively added “I don’t support that; I don’t agree with what he said …” which makes media sense (everything is distorted and turned into bat guano by the sound bite nature of TV and radio, ESPECIALLY writing and long thoughts), but is just an additional kind of smear. If you read the pieces in question, you know what I said. They need no further defense from me. They can defend themselves just fine, thank you.

Seemingly, the REASON for all of this was to “counterbalance” me against Ann Coulter and her vile spewings (The classic: “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”) I found myself conflated weirdly with Katie Couric slapping a subordinate, and other weird stuff having nothing to do with why I am, in the words of their kreepy Faux Nooz™ Box headline:

BLOGGER WANTS TO SHOOT RUSH
ALSO CALLS FOR TED NUGENT’S ASSASSINATION

Hannity & Bozell

Now I begin to feel like a character in an Orwell novel.

Well, here’s what I thought in 1993, (published on Jan 9. 1994) and here’s the links to News Busters’ media of the show in question. Seanny clearly can’t read. But the question is, because he’s an idiot or because he’s willfully and diabolically lying to give Ann Coulter cover, smear liberals, and, as usual, make Alan Colmes look like the squirrely “liberal” that, well, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes purchased his soul to get. (Colmes’ radio show is syndicated by SURPRISE! Fox News Radio.)

Unreasonable Men

Note: This piece originally appeared Sunday, January 9, 1994 in the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard. At that time, John Stoltenberg was the late Andrea Dworkin’s roommate.

© 1993 Hart Williams

See, I Told You So, by Rush Limbaugh.
Pocket Books. 364 pp., $24.

The End of Manhood, by John Stoltenberg.
Dutton. 311 pp., $21.

While reasonable men may disagree reasonably, unreasonable men may, evidently, only manage to be disagreeable. Neither Limbaugh nor Stoltenberg would be pleased to see his tome laid beside the other’s, but the similarities of approach are far greater than the polarities of viewpoint presented.

Stoltenberg is a “radical profeminist” whose book comes with words of praise from Gloria Steinem, Naomi Wolf and the editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine. Stoltenberg promises–self-reviewing himself in the prologue– “Structured like a sequenced meditation, ‘The End of Manhood’ [sic] comprises diverse voices (from erudite to earthy) and types of text (by turns antic and analytic), but always practical, here and now. I had fun writing it, and I decided to let the fun show.”

Be that as it may, Stoltenberg’s writing is disjointed and tenuously connected, as he constructs fallacious proofs that being a “man” is incompatible with being a human being, or, as he puts it a “Man of Conscience.” Obsessed with rebutting the “men’s movement,” Stoltenberg fashions logical bear traps that “prove” “manhood” to be incompatible with humanity. Elsewhere, he has “fun” with such eloquent “satire” as”: “Ten Ways You Can Fake It If You Fear Your Manhood Act Is Shaky”.

The sorrow and the pity is that, in preaching to the converted, Stoltenberg carefully defines the “enemy,” ascribes hateful qualities to him, and, by turns, moves to the eventual conclusion that ANYONE who disagrees with him is the stereotype he’s generated. The term for what’s being done has yet to be invented, but it is precisely “racism.” He’s’ just moved the defining characteristics from melanin content to gender and political outlook. This, Stoltenberg implies, makes him a martyr, like all women everywhere at all times.

Rush Limbaugh does exactly the same thing. His enemy, however, is not “manhood,” but “liberals.” Limbaugh does have the advantage on Stoltenberg of occasionally making sense, and he’s somewhat funnier. But, like Stoltenberg, he reserves his humor as a weapon to be used against his enemies, the evil “liberals.” To classify either gentleman’s humor as “satire” would do a disservice to the word. “See, I Told You So,” comes with words of praise from William F. Buckley, Jr., Fortune Magazine, and Malcolm Forbes, Jr. in Forbes magazine.

Self-reviewing HIS book in his introduction–is this a trend?–Limbaugh crows: “prepare your mind to be challenged as it has never been challenged before. Don’t be surprised if your brain is stimulated to the point that genuine human thought takes place. This is normal for nonliberals. You are making progress.”

This reviewer’s mind was not vaguely challenged, except, perhaps, by Limbaugh’s continual self- congratulatory assertions of protean intellect. It is tempting to go further, but that is not the point.

“See, I Told You So,” is a book that reads like Limbaugh’s radio show. The use of language is close enough to the show, in fact, that it is likely it was dictated, transcribed and edited. A series of chapters on various themes–“Punishing Achievement,” “Algore: The Technology Czar” (sic), “The Case For Less Government” -the book relies on a tried and true method of logical subversion that has become commonplace in public debate: begin by finding the most outrageous positions of the opposition, use fact and reason to rebut, break at any point for tirades, claim that you are being “common sense” and logical, and then ask weighted rhetorical questions that lead to inescapable conclusions, such as “With such a great start (founding America), why did we allow liberalism, moral relativism and secular humanism to poison our nation’s soul?”

Limbaugh alternates between telling the reader how smart he is and how humble he is; between how God, mom and apple pie works great, and how “Modern-day liberalism is like a disease or an addiction that literally has the power to destroy the character of the person who falls under its spell.”

This the frightening banner under which BOTH authors wage their battles. Both characterize themselves as victims of a homogenous opposition. Both use the appearance of logic to make emotional and self-serving points. Both create semantic monsters–Stoltenberg’s “manhood,” Limbaugh’s “liberals”–that they invoke at every opportunity, for any purpose. If you don’t precisely agree with either, you’re a monster. If they have been oppressed, it was by monsters. If either is unable to make his point, he launches into scathing mud-slinging (which both call “humor”) about their monsters.

And this is the true monstrousness of these books: Both may have valid positions. But that is not important to them. What IS important is to pursue the opposition with witch hunt tactics; to smear and revile all who disagree; and to imply that their radical positions are the only positions that may be taken.

No room is left for moderation. And, in a nation in which public policy is, increasingly, determined by talk-radio debate, the lack of courtesy, the absence of reason and reasonableness, and the monkey-throwing-feces brand of humor is a dangerous indicator of the future. Although we should fight to the death for these gentlemen’s right to speak so hideously, we should also be able to reasonably disagree–reasonably and intelligibly.

— Sunday, January 9, 1994

Here’s the NewsBusters writeup on their boss’ smearing of l’il ol’ me:

MRC/NB’s Bozell on Hannity & Colmes Re Blogger Advocating Killing Rush*; Couric’s Slap
Posted by Brent Baker on July 9, 2007 – 21:58.

[*GEE! Isn’t there some BIAS in that little distortion?]

Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center which publishes NewsBusters, appeared Monday night on the Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes. Topics: The liberal blogger who wants Rush Limbaugh and Ted Nugent killed*, a posting reported by WorldNetDaily; and the New York magazine profile of CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric which reported that, frustrated with her low ratings, she had “slapped” a colleague: “Couric got angry with news editor Jerry Cipriano for using a word she detested — ‘sputum’ — and the staff grew tense when she began slapping him ‘over and over and over again’ on the arm…” On the blogger, Bozell pointed out how the media and liberals pounced on Ann Coulter, distorting her comment about John Edwards into how she advocated assassinating him when she said no such thing. NB’s Coulter items. MRC CyberAlert on NBC’s distortion. MRC’s June 28 press release.

Video clip (5:25): Real (4.1 MB) or Windows Media (3.4 MB), plus MP3 audio (1.9 MB).

So, who’s now physically endangered by all of this?

The irresponsibility of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid news style (see “sex teacher shockers!” on The Hannity™ & Colmes website — which perhaps explains why they soft-pedaled the ‘porn’ aspect of the story) now endangers my family.

I never “advocated killing Rush.” But some wingnut with a gun who watches Faux Nooz will never know that. (Which is, perhaps, what Joseph Farah intended, his little feelings being hurt and all when he ego-googled himself and found my Ted Nugent articles. To this day, I wonder WHO wrote the no byline WorldNetDaily piece that started this auto-da-fé.)

And my comrades “on the left” will probably offer me the same support and solidarity that Alan Colmes did. Alas, he IS, in too many ways, a typical modern liberal. Me, on the other hand? I say that now’s the time to shout these bastards down. They’ve had 21 years without being challenged. Right Rush?

His nibs

I say it’s time for this bullshit to stop.

Fuck you, Hannity. And I mean that without physical threat of any sort, because I know that you’ll cry yourself to sleep and wet the bed if I don’t assure you that you’re safe.

But now I go to sleep tortured by the Kreepy Kwisling Kwestion: AM I the ‘Ann Coulter’ of the Left?

Naw. My adam’s apple isn’t big enough.

Courage.

UPDATE: 1:50 PM PDT

The Blogosphere is picking up the story:

PREEMPTIVE KARMA: Dancing With The Devil

MEDIA MATTERS: Despite past discussion on his show, Hannity claimed he had “never heard” Coulter call for Clinton assassination

The MM link is their front page, so it may move.

NEWS HOUNDS: Hannity And Bozell Paint Ann Coulter As Liberal Media Victim

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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10 Responses to Why Seanny Can’t Read

  1. Shaking it up Hart. Shaking up. Glad to see Media Matters is on this. I had just emailed them about it and then saw they had it.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    With these people, does anything ever mean the actual definition of the words used?

    The talk radio crowd has been using the rhetoric of “The Culture War” ever since Limbaugh finally went radical, and lifted himself off of the ratings floor. So now Hart delivers the message that he is fed up with hearing all of that trash, and concerned with the inevitable erosion of society that it leads to. That, of course, means that he is threatening to enter the “war” that these wingnuts have been waging against the rest of us, and that simply can’t be allowed. One small shot of their own medicine and it becomes a police case. Except that the police speak english, so there is no choice but for them to just keep telling each other how terrible it all is.

    No reason why there should be any more truth in this than pretty much anything else they say.

  3. Darrell:

    Yeah. Weird, ain’t it?

  4. Ginny Cotts says:

    Hart,

    I think you are becoming dangerous in their perspective. They wouldn’t be going to such lengths to discredit you if not.

    The keyboard musket may prove again that the pen is mighter than the sword.

    Far better that than some having to learn, again, that those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

    Especially since they inevitably take people who did not live by the sword to death as collateral damage.

  5. J. Rhodes says:

    Sean Patrick Hannity is nothing but a dominating, self-serving, thin-skinned, low self-esteem media hack who scans through the Internet (at home and at work) to see who’s talking about him and his sorry &%# friends.

    You don’t have to worry about this pathetic creature running for any office, because his sordid past would come out to haunt him.

    You’re fortunate not to deal with this MF everyday, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

  6. Ginny Cotts says:

    J. Rhodes,

    I am more curious than any cat. Do you have to deal with Seanny 24/7? I can’t deal with him 1/7, so my angst is based on the few short glimpses I get in posts like this (when I can get myself to watch. I read transcripts if they are available).

    I’m glad to know he can’t run for office. The sordid past would be no surprise. Those shoes always fit.

  7. J. Rhodes says:

    Hey Hart,

    You must appear on Sean’s worthless show and expose this sad excuse for a man on the air. I guarantee he will have a meltdown on the air when you ask him these questions.

    Ask him about his personal relationships with Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, country singer Sara Evans, Jeff Gannon, and white nationalist Hal Turner.

    Ask him the real reason he never served in the military. NOTE: His father served in the Navy during WWII.

    Ask him if he’s accepted any “compensation or deals” from Republican presidential (especially Rudy) candidates and others, past and present to appear on his radio and television shows.

    Ask him about the policy of ABC Radio (Disney) and Fox News Channel (News Corporation) in allowing or not allowing their on-air personalities to publicly campaign for individuals running for office. NOTE: His main employer is ABC Radio and has a lucrative contract with them.

    Ask him if Fox News employees do most of his story research for Hannity and Colmes and Hannity’s America instead of him.

    Ask him why he thinks he is a “Great American.”

    Ask him why he doesn’t want Democrats in power.

    Ask him why he fears women in power.

    Ask him why he couldn’t cut it in college.

    Ask him why national radio talk show host Michael Savage calls Sean “Wall Banger” and “Porn Hannity.”

    Ask him who decides (besides his producer Bill Shine) which stories to air on Hannity and Colmes.

    Ask him why he continues to spread misinformation to his radio audience and television viewers. He will angrily respond that he backs up his stories with facts. Then question him about help wanted ads he placed (in the late 80s) in radio publications claiming he was the most talked about college radio show host in the nation, when in fact, the UC Santa Barbara radio station (KCSB-FM) he volunteered at did not broadcast his puny show nationwide.

    He is generous with his money (for tax purposes), but when his livelihood or reputation is threatened, he is a treacherous and vindictive man.

    To Ginny,

    All I ask is for you to pray for those individuals who have to deal with this unattractive, boring, graying, middle-age media thorn.

    The real reason we have global warming is because of the hot air “Little ole” Sean spews from his small mouth.

  8. J. Rhodes:

    Thank you for the info. I promise that I will bear it in mind.

    After all, “Fair & Balanced” doesn’t look so much when they gang up on you without letting you speak. 😈

  9. Ginny Cotts says:

    J.Rhodes,

    Thanks for the list of questions. It will help the part of my brain that filters pieces of information into the upper cortexes to be on the lookout for answers.

    I’m an atheist so the prayer request is not an option that would do them any good. I do light candles and have moments of focused silence for individuals I am concerned about.

    Hannity has a lot of help in the hot air department. Maybe a new Kyoto treaty could have a standard to reduce the number of RW windbags by so many per decade? 😎

    (Hey, it’s only partly a laugh. A major paint manufacturer reportedly ended up producing a new line of easily stripped paints because of a wild suggestion during the intial brainstorming to put some kind of explosive in the paint that could be triggered when the paint needed to be removed.)

    Hart,

    I meant to point out that it is customary in good journalism to contact the person for comment. Just reinforcing how little resemblance Faux Nooz has to journalism, let alone the good stuff;

  10. Thanks, Ginny. I had wondered if anyone else had noticed that, too?

    How come Sean Hannity and Brent Bozell are experts on what I said, and I’m not even ASKED?

    Of course, they might well know more about what I said than I do. Unlike me, they aren’t prejudiced by the facts.

    This is a necessary prerequisite to certitude, in my experience.