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blksista: " - Mark Fuhrman Too Racially Sensitive For Hannity"

thanks to blksista for this great find - THANKS!


Yes, you read that right. Mark Fuhrman was the guest on tonight’s Hannity & Colmes (3/14/07) to discuss the pending Grand Jury decision on the case of the unarmed bridegroom, Sean Bell, shot and killed by policemen in New York City last fall. One of Hannity’s favorite black boogeymen, Councilman Charles Barron, was the other guest. Rather than discuss the facts of the Bell case, Hannity and FOX News made the story about Barron and his alleged incitement to violence.


When it was his turn, Hannity quickly went to Mark Fuhrman for a comment on the case.

Barron said what I suspect a lot of non-bigots must have been thinking: “Mark Fuhrman? You have a lot of nerve bringing him on!”

Hannity, in his bullyboy voice, read a quote from Barron and asked Fuhrman, “Is he inciting a riot?”

But to Hannity’s evident chagrin, Fuhrman didn’t think so. Fuhrman replied, “He’s crafting the words very carefully… I’m not sure it would be a threat or a passionate response.”

Hannity interrupted Fuhrman in an obvious effort to egg him on against Barron.

Other Democrats should take a lesson from Barron on how to handle Hannity. Barron didn’t sit there like a lump and wait for the invective against him to stop. He knew his opponent and seized the moment. He interrupted Hannity by saying, “Let (Fuhrman) talk.” Then the canny Barron said, “Mark, you didn’t say what he wanted to hear.”

- posted by blksista