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Hannity explodes after being confronted by ThinkProgress about previous offer to be waterboarded for charity

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Hannity Explodes After Being Confronted By ThinkProgress About Previous Offer To Be Waterboarded For Charity

Fox News host Sean Hannity is so adamant that waterboarding is not torture that he once offered to be waterboarded at a charity event and donate the proceeds to soldiers’ families. Four years later, a yet-to-be-waterboarded Hannity did not take kindly to being called out about it on his own radio show.

On April 22, 2009, Charles Grodin appearedon Hannity’s Fox News show and asked Hannity, if he doesn’t believe waterboarding is torture, would he agree to be waterboarded. “Sure,” Hannity said. “I’ll do it for charity. I’ll let you do it. I’ll do it for the troops’ families.” But four years later, Hannity has yet to follow through on his offer.

When ThinkProgress brought up the matter at the beginning of an appearance on his radio show on Wednesday, Hannity’s displeasure was palpable. “I’m not getting into your five-year-old issue,” Hannity grumbled. We pressed on when he was planning to hold the event, the Fox host lost it. “Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, excuse me. I get to ask the questions on the program,” Hannity said:

SCOTT KEYES: Before we get started I wanted to say one quick thing. Back in April 2009, you’d made a very generous offer. To prove that it’s not torture, you agreed on your television show to be waterboarded for charity and to donate the proceeds to the troops’ families.

HANNITY: I said Charles Grodin could do it.

KEYES: Now I know you’re an honorable guy Sean, when are you planning to hold the event?

HANNITY: You’re obviously taping this. I’m not getting into your five-year-old issue. Here I am bringing you on the program and give you an opportunity to give your pretty radical left-wing point of view, that’s kind of the way you treat me. But that’s all right.

KEYES: Sean, I’m just curious because you don’t think this is torture.

HANNITY: Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, excuse me. I get to ask the questions on the program.

Listen to it:

Hannity gave no indication that he was planning to follow through on his promise to be waterboarded for charity.

Immediately following the show, Hannity was so incensed that he personally called ThinkProgress to complain. He accused ThinkProgress of being “fixated” on the matter, baffled that we brought up an issue that he said hasn’t been news for years. After we respectfully disagreed and explained that it was disingenuous for him to offer to be waterboarded in order to prove that it’s not torture, only not to follow through on the offer, Hannity sighed, “what you’re doing here is really stupid.” He insisted, though, that it wasn’t a sensitive subject.

Waterboarding is still an extremely important, and undercovered, story today. It still exists, it’s still torture, and the only American who’s been sentenced to prison over the matter is a former CIA agent and vocal torture opponent who spoke out about the practice. Waterboarding is now part of the mainstream with the help of defenders like Hannity who insist that it’s not actually torture.

NewsHounds and Reddit have kept a running tally of how long it’s been since Hannity first offered to be waterboarded for charity. January 30 marked 1,379 days since Hannity reneged on the promise.

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM
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USBrit
by Bronze Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

As I stated on another post. I wasn't commenting on water boarding, I was commenting on whether Sean Hannity hadn't done it. He is NOT the military....he is just a reporter with an opinion, based on his own info. We should rely on the Military to decide what is best to protect the United States of American. I like Sean Hannity, but he is just a man talking on the TV, not a part of the military men and women who protect this country every day. I have children serving under GREAT command, not a reporter.

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting USBrit:

WHO CARES!

The signatories of the United Nations Convention Against Torture care if a significant faction of the American media are working to erode those hard-won protections.



LAHnTAH0812
by Bronze Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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if we fuck with other countries they'll do a lot worse than waterboarding.

you liberals are turning us into a country of pansies.
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USBrit
by Bronze Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

So what if he has many viewers......that is probably the problem with our Country....We should never rely on reporters. Change stations and whether you listen to the liberal side or the conservative side you will hear TWO totally different things about how our country is being run, etc. It is up to individuals to take all the information we get and research the information so that we can make an informed decision for ourselves. 

What makes this country GREAT is that we CAN decide for ourselves what it important and worthy of our time. Sean Hannity not doing waterboarding....is just not even blip on my radar because there are just to many more real things that are happening in our world. I would be far more interested if a General in the military made a statement like that, than a reporter. Besides....everyone has the right to change their minds, right? Have you never said that you would do something and then thought better of it, and changed your plan...


Quoting brookiecookie87:


I would agree if he was just another reporter on some small problem.

But he has millions of viewers, and is on Fox News one of the biggest News programs. A LOT of people look up to him so when he says something like waterboarding isn't that bad and that he would be willing to do it. Lots of people look at that and think, "Waterboarding isn't that bad. He was willing to do it".

So the people who are against waterboarding look back on it and realize he has not done it.

So like I said in my last post. I don't think anyone wants him to actually do it. They just want to point out that he hasn't done it. Because it now has the reverse effect. Now it makes people think, "Maybe waterboarding isn't bad. He wasn't willing to do it".

Quoting USBrit:

I don't care because Sean Hannity is just another talking head on the news. I don't really care what he thinks.....Don't get me wrong...I like Fox news, but they like all the others CNN , etc are just reporters. They aren't the ones that truely understand the implications of what works for our Country's safety. They only report what they hear and make statements. If he said he would do it and then decided not to.....that is a "who cares".  This has nothing to do with being a proud American, or NOT.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Well, I care.  I'm a very proud American.

Why don't you care?  

Quoting USBrit:

WHO CARES!







brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

You seem to be dismissing the point and acknowleding it at the same time.

They should change the station and watch two differen't view points. Or go online and look at many different view points. But often they don't and they will take in what their news station says as the gospel truth.

Which would be okay if the news stations just reported news but the current news stations will gladly out right lie if it helps them or their political agenda.

And as I pointed out earlier. The groups bringing this up don't want him to do it. They want the public to see that he won't do it. Of course he can change his mind. But the fact that he changed his mind is an important one because it shows that waterboarding isn't this thing he would do for charity-Because it is torture and he doesn't want to be tortured. Even for charity.

Which he has a right to do. No one is denying that. What people are pointing out is that he changed his mind. They have the right to do that as well.

Quoting USBrit:

So what if he has many viewers......that is probably the problem with our Country....We should never rely on reporters. Change stations and whether you listen to the liberal side or the conservative side you will hear TWO totally different things about how our country is being run, etc. It is up to individuals to take all the information we get and research the information so that we can make an informed decision for ourselves. 

What makes this country GREAT is that we CAN decide for ourselves what it important and worthy of our time. Sean Hannity not doing waterboarding....is just not even blip on my radar because there are just to many more real things that are happening in our world. I would be far more interested if a General in the military made a statement like that, than a reporter. Besides....everyone has the right to change their minds, right? Have you never said that you would do something and then thought better of it, and changed your plan...


Quoting brookiecookie87:


I would agree if he was just another reporter on some small problem.

But he has millions of viewers, and is on Fox News one of the biggest News programs. A LOT of people look up to him so when he says something like waterboarding isn't that bad and that he would be willing to do it. Lots of people look at that and think, "Waterboarding isn't that bad. He was willing to do it".

So the people who are against waterboarding look back on it and realize he has not done it.

So like I said in my last post. I don't think anyone wants him to actually do it. They just want to point out that he hasn't done it. Because it now has the reverse effect. Now it makes people think, "Maybe waterboarding isn't bad. He wasn't willing to do it".

Quoting USBrit:

I don't care because Sean Hannity is just another talking head on the news. I don't really care what he thinks.....Don't get me wrong...I like Fox news, but they like all the others CNN , etc are just reporters. They aren't the ones that truely understand the implications of what works for our Country's safety. They only report what they hear and make statements. If he said he would do it and then decided not to.....that is a "who cares".  This has nothing to do with being a proud American, or NOT.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Well, I care.  I'm a very proud American.

Why don't you care?  

Quoting USBrit:

WHO CARES!









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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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I do. I think it's hysterical he won't follow through. 


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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM


you mean aside from you, shouting in all caps? 

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autodidact
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM


then we must owe the Japanese an apology, eh? or are we just hypocrites? 

Quoting LAHnTAH0812:

if we fuck with other countries they'll do a lot worse than waterboarding.

you liberals are turning us into a country of pansies.






USBrit
by Bronze Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Actually, and this is my last post on this subject......I think you are making my case. Too many Americans look to reporters for decisions that they make in their lives about important issues...such as whether water boarding is torture or not. How could Hannity have a clue...he was letting his usual ego get ahead of him, much like most reporters. They talk over each other all the time, it gets annoying. When we all stop placing so much importance on one reporter or the other, and starte seeking out the information for ourselves will we be truly informed. YES, I agree that there should be no "spin" on their reporting, but if we believed that then we would really be in the dark, wouldn't we?I believe we need to start thinking for ourselves.....that's all I was trying to say by "who cares". Sean Hannity is a reporter, not a representative of our Military. If the viewers want him to follow through......are we really concerned about torture or just forcing someone to do what he said he would do? I say let's let the intelligent Military decide what best protects our country and laugh at those such as Sean Hannity for even suggesting that he would do such a stupid thing.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

You seem to be dismissing the point and acknowleding it at the same time.

They should change the station and watch two differen't view points. Or go online and look at many different view points. But often they don't and they will take in what their news station says as the gospel truth.

Which would be okay if the news stations just reported news but the current news stations will gladly out right lie if it helps them or their political agenda.

And as I pointed out earlier. The groups bringing this up don't want him to do it. They want the public to see that he won't do it. Of course he can change his mind. But the fact that he changed his mind is an important one because it shows that waterboarding isn't this thing he would do for charity-Because it is torture and he doesn't want to be tortured. Even for charity.

Which he has a right to do. No one is denying that. What people are pointing out is that he changed his mind. They have the right to do that as well.

Quoting USBrit:

So what if he has many viewers......that is probably the problem with our Country....We should never rely on reporters. Change stations and whether you listen to the liberal side or the conservative side you will hear TWO totally different things about how our country is being run, etc. It is up to individuals to take all the information we get and research the information so that we can make an informed decision for ourselves. 

What makes this country GREAT is that we CAN decide for ourselves what it important and worthy of our time. Sean Hannity not doing waterboarding....is just not even blip on my radar because there are just to many more real things that are happening in our world. I would be far more interested if a General in the military made a statement like that, than a reporter. Besides....everyone has the right to change their minds, right? Have you never said that you would do something and then thought better of it, and changed your plan...


Quoting brookiecookie87:


I would agree if he was just another reporter on some small problem.

But he has millions of viewers, and is on Fox News one of the biggest News programs. A LOT of people look up to him so when he says something like waterboarding isn't that bad and that he would be willing to do it. Lots of people look at that and think, "Waterboarding isn't that bad. He was willing to do it".

So the people who are against waterboarding look back on it and realize he has not done it.

So like I said in my last post. I don't think anyone wants him to actually do it. They just want to point out that he hasn't done it. Because it now has the reverse effect. Now it makes people think, "Maybe waterboarding isn't bad. He wasn't willing to do it".

Quoting USBrit:

I don't care because Sean Hannity is just another talking head on the news. I don't really care what he thinks.....Don't get me wrong...I like Fox news, but they like all the others CNN , etc are just reporters. They aren't the ones that truely understand the implications of what works for our Country's safety. They only report what they hear and make statements. If he said he would do it and then decided not to.....that is a "who cares".  This has nothing to do with being a proud American, or NOT.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Well, I care.  I'm a very proud American.

Why don't you care?  

Quoting USBrit:

WHO CARES!










brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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No-You are making my case.

I am agreeing that people will determine what their view points are based on reporters and the like. I do NOT do that. I am not doing that. But what I am pointing out is that lots of people DO do that.

So if they are basing their opinions on the fact that Hannity down played it and acted like it wasn't a big deal. Pointing out he refuses to fulfill what he said shows those people that maybe he wasn't so sincere earlier when he was down playing it.

I am not saying people SHOULD base their opinion on a reporter. Just that they do.

As I have pointed out to you several times now no one really wants him to follow through with it. They want to point out the he hasn't done it which diminishes what he said about it.

Again-No where in what I am saying am I implying that people should be their opinion on one reporter or one event for that matter. Just that there are those that do and this disproves on thing they were told. And no where did I ever imply we should get our news from only a few sources (Even if they were not allowed to lie).

Quoting USBrit:

Actually, and this is my last post on this subject......I think you are making my case. Too many Americans look to reporters for decisions that they make in their lives about important issues...such as whether water boarding is torture or not. How could Hannity have a clue...he was letting his usual ego get ahead of him, much like most reporters. They talk over each other all the time, it gets annoying. When we all stop placing so much importance on one reporter or the other, and starte seeking out the information for ourselves will we be truly informed. YES, I agree that there should be no "spin" on their reporting, but if we believed that then we would really be in the dark, wouldn't we?I believe we need to start thinking for ourselves.....that's all I was trying to say by "who cares". Sean Hannity is a reporter, not a representative of our Military. If the viewers want him to follow through......are we really concerned about torture or just forcing someone to do what he said he would do? I say let's let the intelligent Military decide what best protects our country and laugh at those such as Sean Hannity for even suggesting that he would do such a stupid thing.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

You seem to be dismissing the point and acknowleding it at the same time.

They should change the station and watch two differen't view points. Or go online and look at many different view points. But often they don't and they will take in what their news station says as the gospel truth.

Which would be okay if the news stations just reported news but the current news stations will gladly out right lie if it helps them or their political agenda.

And as I pointed out earlier. The groups bringing this up don't want him to do it. They want the public to see that he won't do it. Of course he can change his mind. But the fact that he changed his mind is an important one because it shows that waterboarding isn't this thing he would do for charity-Because it is torture and he doesn't want to be tortured. Even for charity.

Which he has a right to do. No one is denying that. What people are pointing out is that he changed his mind. They have the right to do that as well.

Quoting USBrit:

So what if he has many viewers......that is probably the problem with our Country....We should never rely on reporters. Change stations and whether you listen to the liberal side or the conservative side you will hear TWO totally different things about how our country is being run, etc. It is up to individuals to take all the information we get and research the information so that we can make an informed decision for ourselves. 

What makes this country GREAT is that we CAN decide for ourselves what it important and worthy of our time. Sean Hannity not doing waterboarding....is just not even blip on my radar because there are just to many more real things that are happening in our world. I would be far more interested if a General in the military made a statement like that, than a reporter. Besides....everyone has the right to change their minds, right? Have you never said that you would do something and then thought better of it, and changed your plan...


Quoting brookiecookie87:


I would agree if he was just another reporter on some small problem.

But he has millions of viewers, and is on Fox News one of the biggest News programs. A LOT of people look up to him so when he says something like waterboarding isn't that bad and that he would be willing to do it. Lots of people look at that and think, "Waterboarding isn't that bad. He was willing to do it".

So the people who are against waterboarding look back on it and realize he has not done it.

So like I said in my last post. I don't think anyone wants him to actually do it. They just want to point out that he hasn't done it. Because it now has the reverse effect. Now it makes people think, "Maybe waterboarding isn't bad. He wasn't willing to do it".

Quoting USBrit:

I don't care because Sean Hannity is just another talking head on the news. I don't really care what he thinks.....Don't get me wrong...I like Fox news, but they like all the others CNN , etc are just reporters. They aren't the ones that truely understand the implications of what works for our Country's safety. They only report what they hear and make statements. If he said he would do it and then decided not to.....that is a "who cares".  This has nothing to do with being a proud American, or NOT.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Well, I care.  I'm a very proud American.

Why don't you care?  

Quoting USBrit:

WHO CARES!












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12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 4:36 PM

 

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 what does Hannity expect when he invites libs on his show....

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