I Am Proud of Bob Kuttner for Knocking Back Hannity

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I don’t have time or interest in spending time attacking the pugnacious, rude, and ingnorant Sean Hannity — but I do want to commend the American Prospect‘s Robert Kuttner for standing his ground and sticking to substance when Hannity was such a miserable host.
I don’t care how much one disagrees with another’s views, Hannity’s behavior is repulsive. Most of you probably already know that.
Robert Kuttner is author of the newly published Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency. I am reading it now.
— Steve Clemons

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24 comments on “I Am Proud of Bob Kuttner for Knocking Back Hannity

  1. ViK says:

    “questions” = Alex Cockburn ?

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  2. Rollingmyeyes says:

    Sera Palin would be another Oil Guy in the White House.

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  3. Jackson Braider says:

    I’ve just seen the Hannity/Kuttner video, and now I understand why
    the Republicans are angry and bitter. Hannity made my head hurt;
    as the video passed, my thoughts no longer could mesh. If I spent
    all my time watching programs where people are shouting down
    their guests, I could see how my headaches could become chronic
    and my bitterness engrained.

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  4. raya tanker says:

    I can’t bear to watch Hannity but I watched this segment. All I can
    say is God bless Robert Kuttner and, in a different venue, Barbara
    Walters! These two gusty individuals have delivered the toughest
    outing of the Republican lie machine to date. Barack Obama can’t
    do this as a candidate but other’s can pick up where the media
    won’t.

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  5. arthurdecco says:

    A small bone to pick, off-topic, because, if I don’t, who will? (wink)
    From Rob Kall’s story, provided by POA: “Venezuela’s Chavez has shut down a Television network that criticized him more than he liked.”
    He did NO SUCH THING! He, and the government of Venezuela, yanked their publicly-owned on-air license as punishment for broadcasting treasonous appeals to violently overthrow the legally and fairly elected government of the country!
    The station is still operating and continues to be available through cable. The traitors behind these fascist appeals for violence directed against the government generally, and Chavez personally, have never been charged with a single offense when there are many they could have chosen from!
    Be assured that stubby Shrubby and the dick, Cheney, along with their interchangeable, scheming, scum-sucking, sordid henchmen who have been strategically placed in charge of oppressing the “Homeland” (barf!) would have wasted no time in detaining any and ALL American media owners or personalities who promoted violence against their personally-poisoned version of your state.
    To think anything different is to brand yourself, at the very least, as a fool.

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  6. WigWag says:

    The idea that McCain doesn’t use the internet because he is diasbled, defies belief. If he can drive, (which he can)he can use the internet. The real reason McCain doesn’t use the internet or type on a computer key board is because millions of eldery Americans (which is what McCain is)never learned how to use a computer.
    But unfortunately it doesn’t matter. Obama’s ad criticizing McCain for this probably sounded to millions of Americans like Obama was criticizing them.
    Lots of old folks in Florida don’t use computers. Obama needs their votes if he wants to win. Lots of voters in West Virginia that Obama needs desperately to win, don’t use computers.
    The ad that sounds so smart to tech savvy Obama supporters sounds insulting to millions of Americans who are still unsure of how they will vote.
    Reminding them that you think they’re inadequate isn’t smart politics.
    It’s a little like calling them low information voters. That’s not a good idea either.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    The following article should have been written years ago. In reading this modern day literary fluff piece, one could almost believe that we have a MSM that is salvageble, and hasn’t already gone over to the darkside. But the last eight years have erased any such illogically based optimism in all but the most ignorant observer.
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Does-McCain-s-Diminishing-by-Rob-Kall-080914-832.html
    Does McCain’s Diminishing the Public’s Trust in the Media Put Country First?
    by Rob Kall
    http://www.opednews.com
    Democracy needs a healthy media. Like the nerves in the body that tell the brain what’s going on in the periphery, the media keeps the national body healthy by keeping constituents informed of what’s going on, what’s going wrong. You wouldn’t shut off or damage YOUR nervous system. It’s just as unhealthy for Democracy to abuse and mistreat the media.
    Check out the numbers and media embeds in Iraq have drastically decreased. We know from experience that embed reporters who file reports that are not complimentary of the US military find it extremely difficult to return for additional embeds.
    Look at the treatment of journalists covering the demonstrations outside the RNC, at the Twin Cities. Reporters, producers, photographers were assaulted, arrested and charged with felonies. All they were doing was covering the demonstrations—and they were clearly identified, with appropriate credential visible, as members of the press.
    It was clear that the police, FBI, national guard and the city council members, Democrat and Republican, did not want those journalists to cover the demonstrations. Why else would they arrest them and charge them with serious, outrageous crimes? What’s a demonstration without press coverage. This is an insidious way to poison, neutralize and even eliminate constitutionally protected, even encouraged exercise of free speech.
    Then we have the McCain, slime team, led be Rove Protege, Steve Schmidt, attacking the media as part of their campaign strategy, attempting to cast the media in a bad light.
    America and Democracy need a healthy media. The Bush administration has a long history of attempting to manipulate, intimidate, quash the media. The right wing and any totalitarian administration does better when it controls the media. Russia had Pravda. Venezuela’s Chavez has shut down a Television network that criticized him more than he liked.
    The American right wing has Fox News, right wing talk radio… and hey, does America really need anything else?
    Well yes, we do. We need the most diverse media possible– media that questions, challenges and criticizes Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Naderites– everyone. We need professional journalists who ask tough questions to all comers, unlike Charlie Gibson, who failed to ask tough follow-up questions to Sarah Palin. Barbara Walters showed Gibson how it should have been done. It’s ironic, since her show is supposed to be a lighter, less hard hitting show than the interview Gibson had. It is not, in my opinion, an accident, that it was Gibson who brought up all the attack points Clinton was using, against Obama, when he moderated their last debate, in Philadelphia this spring.
    America needs a robust, strong, very diverse media. Patriotic Americans do not attack the media as a partisan, campaign strategy. This is bad for America, or to use the current phrasing, NOT putting country first. How do we get a more diverse media? We support smaller, independent publishers. We discourage media consolidation. We know that more jobs are created by smaller companies. Let’s create regulations and tax laws that give incentives to keep the media smaller, more diverse, more local.
    The fact that John McCain has authorized (“this is John McCain and I approve this message”) flat out lies in his ads, attacking the media, that he’s allowing his campaign team to systematically attack the American media, shows that he would destroy part of the “nervous system” that keeps America healthy.
    MCCain runs ads that he and Palin have battled government and Republicans. McCain voted with George Bush 91% of the time. Palin toes the GOP policy line even better than McCain. What they have battled is the health and reputation of the American media. When you attack the media, you decrease people’s trust in it, making it less effective, less consumed. If there were truth in their attacks, they might be justified, but, for the most part, there is none. They have fabricated accusations to build the martyr narrative for their candidates.
    Of course, these are the same people who, with one side of their mouths, attack government, while with the other side, make it bigger and bigger. The problem is, THEY make it bigger in ways that don’t help produce more jobs, more infrastructure. Instead, their big government bails out or gives welfare to corporations and expands the military– all things which do not gives us roads, schools or high paying jobs.

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  8. Mr.Murder says:

    A man who has left two wives for women half his age.
    He knows all about the internet.

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Speaking about being crippled, in the same breath as speaking about this sack of shit Hannity and his ilk…..
    Yesterday on the McConnell, (SP?) show, the jackass was rationalizing McCain’s inability to use the internet by saying that his crippled hands do not allow him to type. Well, what horseshit.
    I never learned to type properly, and never was on the internet until immediately post 9/11, when I was given an old obsolete PC by my sister. The keyboard, modem and monitor were all in the same unit. I used “hunt and peck”, with one finger, and never really progressed past that technique. Now I have this unorthodox two fingered technigue that I am really quite fast at comparatively to those days, but it is still basically a hunt and peck technique.
    To say that McCain is too crippled to type on a keyboard is ludicrous to the extreme. But thats what these jackasses are saying in order to explain away the fact that the man is too incurious and lazy to join the modern world. Any twist on reality will do for these lyin’ sacks of shit, even those that border on the absurd, such as this “too crippled to type” crap.
    I wonder, does this mcConnell jackass think McCain can’t use a phone? Because thats how ridiculous his argument is.

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  10. 3rdKorps says:

    Hannity, Hannity, Hannity, and I was waiting for someone here to succinctly point out why there is a Hannity. How many times must you all be reminded of the most basic fact that dictates American politics:
    “The American People are a Stupid People.”

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  11. questions says:

    And I’m reading CounterPunch — Swedish tv reporting that McC wasn’t quite so crippled immediately after returning from VietNam. They go where we don’t dare……
    Our friend from Stockholm, quoted above, asks how come the US mainstream press hasn’t look closely at McCain’s conduct as a POW. That’s a no-brainer and even ABC’s Charlie Gibson could probably muster a truthful answer if he had to sit in Guantanamo for a couple of minutes. But most of the so-called “alternative media” has been nervous on this topic too. Somehow they think it’s dangerously counterproductive to assail so-called “heroes”, even if the heroism consisted of raining high explosive on peasants from 30,000 feet.
    Not CounterPunch, I’m proud to say. We’ve run Doug Valentine’s investigations and other testimonies. And now, in our latest newsletter, released today, we take a long hard look at McCain the man: violent, deceitful, devoid of ethical principle. And that’s not us talking. That’s people who have known him well. Read the new stories by Doug Valentine, Jeffrey St Clair and myself. If the press had really homed in honestly on McCain instead of licking his boots for twenty years, he’d have been toast long, long ago.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn09132008.html

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  12. questions says:

    I’m reading the WaPo this morning…..
    With so many government services in the state subsidized by oil revenue, and with no need to provide for local schools, Wasilla has also made do with a very low property tax rate — cut altogether by Palin’s successor — sparing it from the tax battles that localities elsewhere must deal with. Instead, the city collects a 2 percent sales tax, the bulk of which is paid by people who live outside town and shop at its big-box stores.
    The mayor oversees a police department created three years before Palin took office; the public works department; the parks and recreation department; a planning office; a library; and a small history museum. Council meetings are in the low-ceilinged basement of the town hall, a former school, and often the only residents who show up to testify are two gadflies. When Palin was mayor, the population was just 5,500.
    Palin limited her duties further by hiring a deputy administrator to handle much of the town’s day-to-day management. Her top achievement as mayor was the construction of an ice rink, a project that landed in the courts and cost the city more than expected.
    Arriving in office, Palin herself played down the demands of the job in response to residents who worried that her move to oust veteran officials would leave the town in the lurch. “It’s not rocket science,” Palin said, according to the town newspaper, the Frontiersman. “It’s $6 million and 53 employees.”
    Ahhh, executive experience. Nothin’ like runnin’ a 6 million dollar budget! She’s ready!
    …….
    But in her four years on the council, she picked up on sentiment that was building against the three-term incumbent, John Stein, who pushed for the 2 percent sales tax to pay for road, sewer and water upgrades. These investments laid the way for the city’s growth, but they also unnerved some residents.
    “People said, ‘What are you doing to my city? I liked it better when we didn’t have government,’ ” said Richard Deuser, the city attorney at the time. “And Sarah really pandered to that resentment, that resistance to change. Sarah became their person.”
    AHHHH, nothin like resistance to change from the new “change” ticket……
    ………
    Sarah always did and still does surround herself with people she gets along well with,” she said. “They protect her, and that’s what she needs. She has surrounded herself with people who would not allow others to disagree with Sarah. Either you were in favor of everything Sarah was doing or had a black mark by your name.”
    Sounds like Cheney’s Cheney and Bush’s Bush….
    …….
    Instead, she focused on continuing the city’s growth and development. Her second city planner, Tim Krug, said last week that the city would sometimes “lighten” regulations, to “make things more welcoming.”
    Do you mean she was against growth before she was for it??
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/13/AR2008091302596.html?hpid=topnews

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  13. WigWag says:

    Questions, I like all of your commercial suggestions very much. Obama should hire you.
    Your ideas are much better than anything his ad people have delivered.

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  14. questions says:

    Today’s WaPo!
    ANCHORAGE — A couple of hours after Gov. Sarah Palin returned to the Outside, as Alaskans call the Lower 48, her local critics swarmed an Anchorage intersection to correct the widespread impression that the whole of the Last Frontier endorses her candidacy.
    The midday protest outside a city library drew a crowd in the high hundreds — perhaps surging past a thousand — from the city’s relatively liberal environs, who seemed very happy to see one another and be reminded that they are not alone.
    …..
    The din did not prevent reading the signs, pro and against:
    Bush In A Skirt
    Palin: She Be Failin’
    I Love My Alaska Girl
    Jesus Was a Community Organizer
    We Luv Our Lady Guv
    Palin: Thanks But No Thanks
    Smearing Alaska’s Good Name One Scandal @ a Time
    Candidate To Nowhere
    Rape Kits Should Be Free
    Voted For Her Once: Never Again!
    Community Organizers are the Real Patriots
    Barbies for War
    I Shall Not Be Pandered To
    Give Palin Your Vote AND Your Draft Age Child
    Sarah Palin: So Far Right She’s Wrong
    Sarah Palin Is My Hero
    Alaska Is Not Frisco
    Gun Rights
    Coat Hangers for McCain
    Sarah Palin, Undoing 150 Years of American Feminism
    Hockey Mama for Obama (on a hockey stick)
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/13/in_anrchorage_an_anti-palin_pr.html?hpid=sec-politics
    The media and public pushback continues!

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  15. questions says:

    Here’s a commercial series idea:
    #1 Have regular Joe sitting and having a beer with McCain — meanwhile, Palin is picking Joe’s pocket. So much for voting based on beer choices.
    #2, Beer again. Leave the bar. Discover a pink slip. While your were drinking, your job was shipped overseas.
    #3. Beer again. Go home. Foreclosure sign out front. While you were drinking, your home was seized.
    #4. Beer again. Go to parents’ night at school. While you were drinking, test scores plummeted.
    #5. Beer again. Go home to watch tv/State of the Union address. While you were drinking, the budget deficit quadrupled.
    #5. Beer again. Go home. Your son and daughter have been drafted for the 4th war of the McC administration. While you were drinking, we invaded ______.
    Maybe we should stop voting our beer choices.
    And re Palin, advertise against her in a way that doesn’t shame her supporters for having supported her.
    A whole “I had no idea” series. “I had no idea she’s so radical about choice/abortion”. “I had no idea she has gotten so much pork”……
    If people are to be encouraged to shift to Obama, they must have psychic safety nets of some sort. It has to be safe to change, not scary.
    So not “Change you can believe in” but “Change that’s right for your family. Change that keeps you safe. Change you can LIVE with. Change in your pocket. Change that lets you stay the same.”

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  16. Mr.Murder says:

    Speak truth to power.
    The last time unemployment was this bad a Republican was President.

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  17. Bil says:

    Bob Kuttner did very well. He might well wonder why he subjected
    himself to that, I am glad he did. Don’t stop. It is important to draw
    a loser like Hannity out, even better when he does it himself. I
    wonder if it was a caffeine or medication issue?
    Hannity was rude and wrong. Kinda’ reminded me of a vampire
    made up for daylight.

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  18. Comentz says:

    Part of the blame rests on those who pay the salary of bullies like
    Hannity on the airwaves…the rest is on the shoulders of those who
    watch him. Seeing these uncivil shallow idiots truly scare me and
    show what a minority I now belong to. I too congratulate the
    guest, Mr. Kuttner, for pushing Hannity back.

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  19. Judson Haverkamp says:

    Hannity enshrines the anti-intellectualism that the right has celebrated ever since Bill Buckley died and that is most recently embodied in their candidate for Vice President. Is it any wonder the Palin campaign has scheduled her next interview with Hannity? Thinking people, whatever their politics, need to be more outspoken in demanding that candidates and commentators alike stop pandering to those who locate their brains behind their navels.

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  20. Helena says:

    Bob Kuttner was able to get his points across admirably, no mean feat against the wall of blustering rudeness put forth by Hannity. This was really interesting to watch.

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  21. viktor_vaughn says:

    Hannity does look like the walking dead, and he’s an absolute blithering mess. How can people possibly see this as journalism? It’s more like Pro Wrestling, which explains Fox News and their demographic pretty well.

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  22. Kate in Michigan says:

    Sow? Did somebody mention sow? Any lipstick available for that pig? Where’s McCain when you need him?

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  23. koreyel says:

    Literally, I haven’t watched Hannity or a clip of Hannity in several years.
    So the following comment is actually quite deep given the unique freshness of my eyes:
    Age is not treating the pretty boy blowhard very well. He looks ill. All that bile is rotting his system from the inside out.
    Is there something in the bible about us reaping what we sow? Just wondering…

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  24. carsick says:

    I can see the appeal some get from someone like Hannity. The only problem America faces is democrats. All the complex issues before us aren’t complex and they aren’t problems if we can just silence the democrats. You don’t need to concern yourself with making value judgments about competency or the economy or international policy, someone else will provide the way and everything will be rosy as long as you listen to him.

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