Truth Be Told: The Real Reason Behind Sean Hannity’s Obsession with Cliven Bundy

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Ever had one of those weeks you thought would never end?

 

For Fox News’ host Sean Hannity, the answer is a resounding yes.

 

After non-stop cheerleading for deadbeat domestic terrorist Cliven Bundy the previous three weeks, Hannity was forced to backtrack Friday after an interview with the New York Times revealed on Wednesday that Bundy has some “unique” views on people of color.  Hannity has come under fire this week for his constant championing of Bundy, a man who owes over $1 million in grazing fees and has refused to pay them because he does not recognize the United States government.   Hannity’s week got off on the wrong foot when he was called out by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Monday when Stewart pointed out the hypocrisy of Hannity supporting a self-confessed law breaker like Bundy but criticizing Occupy Wall Street protesters for essentially doing the exact same thing, minus the whole armed insurrection part.  On his show Tuesday, Hannity responded by saying what he actually was saying was that the Bureau of Land Management’s disproportionate response to the situation was what made him support Bundy and his cause.  So, of course on Wednesday Stewart went back to the vault to again to call out Hannity’s hypocrisy by showing a clip of Hannity supporting UC Davis policemen pepper spraying unarmed student protesters as well as supporting New York City’s stop and frisk policy.  Stewart ended the show by calling Hannity’s show the “Arby’s of News” in that it is so unbelievable that it regurgitates the same garbage over and over.

As if receiving a vicious one-two punch from Stewart wasn’t enough, Hannity was then forced to deal with the fact that his media darling that he created had some antiquated views on the “Negroes.”  Rather than admit fault, Hannity immediately claimed he was a victim in order to try and defuse the situation.  It didn’t help that CNN later interviewed Bundy, who essentially said that he and Hannity have similar beliefs.  Bundy said:

 

“You know, I don’t think I’ve been abandoned. I think they misunderstood me a little bit. I think Fox and I. I think Hannity and I are right on, and I have no doubt that he would support me if he understood my really what’s in my heart, and I think he does understand me. I don’t think there’s a question there.”

 

The fallout has gotten so bad for Sean Hannity that he is even losing support from his colleagues at Fox News.  He first lost the support of Ann Coulter.  Coulter, on CNN Friday, said that rallying around Cliven Bundy was a “stupid punchback” and she sent a not-so-subtle message to fellow Republican politicians and right-wing radio and television hosts that they need to “stop following the mob.”  In addition, always humble Bill O’Reilly on his show Friday night said that ”Some commentators, including a handful on Fox News, rallied to Mister Bundy’s side.  But most Fox News people did not. And that’s why we’re successful. We have a wide range of opinion, expressed in a vibrant way.”

 

So this begs the question:  Why exactly did Sean Hannity support Cliven Bundy in the first place?

 

This was the exact question that was posed by Slate Magazine on Wednesday in an attempt to figure out the exact relationship between Sean Hannity and Cliven Bundy.  It was this question that caused some media outlets to look at the funding behind the Sean Hannity’s popular Fox News program.  In a Friday article posted by Media Matters, it was revealed that Hannity’s decision to elevate Bundy to national exposure may have been due to his own personal connection to Charles and David Koch and their Heritage and Tea Party Patriots Groups.  The Koch Brothers have made no secret of their utter disdain for the federal government and have been making a recent push for states to gain control over federal land.  What better way to promote this view then to use Hannity, who their groups support with funding and large ad buys, to hype up some Howdy Doody rancher feller to bring the issue of privatizing public land into the national spotlight?

 

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Cliven Bundy, an uneducated backcountry freeloader, becomes a simple pawn in a game played by a millionaire TV host and two billionaire Conservative kingpins.  His story, one of simple tax evasion, is hyped by Charles and David Koch in an effort to draw attention to the issue of privatizing federal land.  This draws in the cavalry via the Tea Party Patriots who are willing to use women as human shields to fight off the big bad government.  Add to that, Fox News’ outright lie accusing Harry Reid of trying to steal Bundy land for his own personal gain and you’ve got the ingredients for a potentially explosive situation.  What better way to make the case for your patriotic cause then to have some patsy rancher and a crew of faux patriots become martyrs at the hands of the Bureau of Land Management?

 

If true, and there’s no reason to see why it isn’t, then this whole incident should show us how dangerous Charles and David Koch have become.  Without the use of a weapon, the billionaire brothers have almost singlehandedly caused another Waco.  They found a random mooching rancher, built him up to cult-like status to attract the brain-dead Tea Party Patriots that they themselves created, and then used their own bought and sold on-air TV personality Sean Hannity to sell the story to the American public to get their support.  Had there been shots fired, the Fox News story would have certainly been the government’s violent infringement upon the rights of a God-fearing, kind-hearted western rancher.  It would have led to conversations about the Constitutionality of federal lands and without question we would have seen copycat issues in other regions backed by Koch allies.

 

Jon Stewart is correct to call out Hannity’s program for its blatantly hypocrisy, but he was far too kind.  Hannity’s program isn’t simply regurgitated garbage.  It does, in fact serve a purpose.  Its purpose it to incite violence and armed insurrection on behalf of the political beliefs of Charles and David Koch.  It is to advance their own personal agenda and to do so in a way that paints anyone who disagrees with them as the enemy.  It is to use propaganda to create a world based on the sick and twisted vision of Charles and David Koch.

 

In other words, Sean Hannity is the 21st century American version of Joseph Goebbels.

40 Replies to “Truth Be Told: The Real Reason Behind Sean Hannity’s Obsession with Cliven Bundy”

  1. The trouble with the Kochs is that they think they can continue to control the situation from behind the scenes. They think they can continue forever artfully manipulating the primal anger and sense of grief and outrage over declining share of the pie for their own ends.

    If have news for the Kochs. They will keep encouraging the arms race. They will continue to support anarchy all for their own selfish ends of taking over government lands for their own fracking and drilling interests. However….
    Once these angry people figure out that the Kochs threw them off their land, poisoned their water tables, polluted their air and screwed them out of their mineral rights, making their land uninhabitable, I wouldn’t give two cents for their lives.

    By then the militias will be a well organized bunch with a huge chip on their shoulder and somebody to blame. How fast it will turn from government to Kochs will be lightning.

  2. The Koch Brothers are in on this? Not surprising. Damn, and I thought you were going to say it’s because Cliven and Sean are secretly married.

  3. Sean Hannity was a dumb ass from the very beginning on Cliven Bundy, it was Ronnie boy Reagan that signed the law that Bundy was breaking. It proves that fox news don’t care if they correctly connect the dots on a situation when they’re dealing with a bunch of dumb asses like themselves.

  4. I have no doubt the scenario you present is correct. They are all in collusion. Kochs, Hannity, Ailes, all of them. I also think that Hannity was baiting Bundy. There is no way to tell what they talked about privately off the air. Bundy saying that him and Hannity think alike would suggest to me they had more conversation that what was aired.

    The Koch backing those tea party and militia types is a very dangerous game to play. This is nothing more than a match made in hell.

    I don’t see the Federal government giving in to the states. At least I hope not. Nor do I see the Federal government being under minded by the Kochs or militias. When push comes to shove the Federal government will do whatever is necessary to retain control.

  5. this racist, bigoted welfare deadbeat, newly heralded rightwing folk-hero, cliven bundy, and the coverage by fox news and sean hannity just nailed the final nail into the gop and tea party absolutist movement’s coffin. the rightwing has finally been exposed for all to see with their own eyes. these people on the right are garbage. they are anti-American, anti-patriotic, heartless, brainless and soulless. the tide has turned on these evil people. dems will see victory in November. cant wait to clean house and get rid of these disgraceful, embarrassing, arrogant, ignorant, lunatic rightwing conservative tea party fanatical frauds. vote straight democratic ticket. time to take our country back from these racist, bigoted, degenerates.

  6. Nothing happens in a vacuum. There will never be the kind of “freedom” these “patriot” freaks think there will be. The Kochs would seize the lands, and roads, and water, and you will never be able to access them again!! No more open, free traveling, seeing vast open spaces. they are polluters now, and want no regulations so they can pollute to their heart’s content. This is what you are destroying and unravelling OUR country for you insane gun glorifying freaks!!

  7. While what you wrote is an interesting concept to consider, I think you meant, “armed insurrection”.

    “Its purpose it to incite violence and armed resurrection on behalf of the political beliefs of Charles and David Koch.”

  8. On Hannity it was all Bundy, all the time.
    Night after night the ‘Instigator in Chief’
    handed the Bundy clan mics. He suggested
    they were coming for them! Maybe in the dark
    of night or in the early morning hours. What would
    they do if that happened? What if they KILLED their
    Father? What would they do? He tried SO hard to get
    them to say…….well, you know, but they didn’t.
    Then the sh*t hit the fan!
    Lo’ & behold, Sean shows up, sitting in on the Five!
    An ‘Ask Sean’ segment? HuH?
    A ‘spontaneous’ Q&A where he talks about how he
    is so not a Racist.
    Then it was time for Hannity. I had waited ALL day
    for this moment. What would he say?
    He spent about 5 seconds calling Bundy’s remarks
    “repugnant” then employed the shiny object strategy.
    “Government gone Wild!!!” Land grabs, IRS, and of
    course, Benghazzz..
    The best part of his show came when Ann Coulter
    called Bundy his ‘Buddy’, They didn’t show Sean’s face
    the rest of that segment!
    His show, already losing ratings, may ve…

  9. PoliticsUSA, you need to hire an editor or editors to ensure your final pieces are polished. Heck, just a proofreader would do. It would make a difference in the perception of your professionalism.

    In this piece alone, please see:

    Paragraph Five: “diffuse the situation” should be “defuse the situation”

    Paragraph Six: “he is evening losing support from” should be “he is even losing support from”

    Paragraph Ten: “armed resurrection” should be “armed insurrection”

  10. On Hannity it was all Bundy, all the time.
    Night after night the ‘Instigator in Chief’
    handed the Bundy clan mics. He suggested
    they were coming for them! Maybe in the dark
    of night or in the early morning hours. What would
    they do if that happened? What if they KILLED their
    Father? What would they do? He tried SO hard to get
    them to say…….well, you know, but they didn’t.
    Then the sh*t hit the fan!
    Lo’ & behold, Sean shows up, sitting in on the Five!
    An ‘Ask Sean’ segment? HuH?
    A ‘spontaneous’ Q&A where he talks about how he
    is so not a Racist.
    Then it was time for Hannity. I had waited ALL day
    for this moment. What would he say?
    He spent about 5 seconds calling Bundy’s remarks
    “repugnant” then employed the shiny object strategy.
    “Government gone Wild!!!” Land grabs, IRS, and of
    course, Benghazzzzzzzz….
    The best part of his show came when Ann Coulter
    called Bundy his ‘Buddy’, They didn’t show Sean’s face
    the rest of that segment!

  11. Hannity will walk a tightrope for a time, as any new story highlighting government overreach he does will now have to pass the Bundy Smell Test for signs of political opportunism. He might not yet realize it, but he’s now Karl Rove on election night, desperate to deny the truth which is obvious to the rest of the country.

  12. Excuse me but I think I threw up a little in my mouth….. Now I’ll have trouble sleeping for the next week (SNARK)

  13. “When push comes to shove the Federal government will do whatever is necessary to retain control.”

    The question is when. It is clear that Fux Propaganda… I mean Fox News, and the Koch Bros are committing sedition. How soon before they are indicted for it and their assets seized? The way things are going not soon enough.

  14. Here is more background on how the Koch and ALEC want to grab the Fed lands in Western states. http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/04/12451/congressman-grijalva-requests-investigation-alecs-role-nv-range-fight

    This isn’t over and there is another case heating up in Texas over some land on the Red River.

    And Utah has already passed a law to turn over Fed land to the state. ALEC is using it as a model bill to push in other states.

    Now when does the MSM catch on to this?

  15. I have noticed simple typos in nearly every article published. One to slip past a proof reader is understandable, but the frequency is distracting. I don’t believe any articles are proof read before publication and I can’t help but wonder why.

  16. Looks like things are heating up for the Koch Brothers!They seem to be taking things as far as they can go.The GOP has a “KOCH” problem.

  17. Agree, but actually what will likely happen first is the Koch brothers will die. Neither of them is a young man. Who knows what happens with their billions after that? Hopefully their heirs have a little more common sense and common decency.

  18. Here’s another angle to consider here.

    Hannity has long been rumored to have ties to white supremacists. White supremacist, Hal Turner, claimed to have a personal friendship with Hannity around 5 years ago, but Hannity denied it.

    The problem is that the gap between mainstream conservatism and white nationalism has been narrowing for several years and it’s gotten worse since Obama was elected.

    I really think that Hannity’s main problem with Bundy is that Bundy didn’t use the long-established right wing racial code words. In other words, Bundy was way too blunt. If Bundy had spoken in code, neither Hannity or Fox News (O’Reilly and Coulter included) would be trying to distance themselves from him right now.

  19. We need to harp on these two non patriots like they are the devil incarnate. No let up.
    The two brothers from hell who are trying to destroy this great country must become a house hold name. The Koch Brothers must be stopped. With good healthcare these clowns could live another 15, 20 years. That’s way too long and anyway their money is probably already earmarked for like minded people. I wonder how many times these guys have to look over their shoulders since their recent exposure. Rat bastards.

  20. The other main reason the Fox Hates & Lies TV station personality started his his love affair with buffoon Bundy, is that, lets face it. The Government is President Obama, and the liar and hater Hannity hates and despises the President. The hater and liar Hannity saw just another opportunity to stir his pot of hate for President Obama. The hater and liar Hannity I’m sure actually prayed for a shot to be fired, and some one to die, so he, Hannity the liar and hater of President Obama could some how blame him for this incident which should never have hit the air waves, except it was a chance to hate on Government, which meant it was a chance to hate on President Obama. HATE and LIES, that is the entire reason for buffoon Bundy to reach the light of a camera, the hater and liar Hannity’s hate for President Obama, and that’s no lie.

  21. Would the turd that is the buffoon Bundy smell the same to the Fox Hates & Lies TV station personality Hannity, if he were a black man and a rancher that had not paid his fees to the BLM for twenty years. Would the hater and liar Hannity be standing with the black rancher against the Government ( i.e. the black President Obama ) if the buffoon Bundy was black, and had a whold family of black children and grandchildren. I think NOT. The Fox Hates & Lies TV personality Hannity, is republican, and republicans hate everyone not them, and a black Bundy with a ranch in Nevada would never have been a American Patriot in the eyes of the racist SOB’s at Fox Hates & Lies TV station, a black Bundy would have been just another black taker living off of the Government dole. Fox hates and Fox lies and Hannity is the king of his kind, a hater and liar.

  22. Sorry, Tommy I missed a couple on this week’s post. I honestly do proofread them over three times but every once in a while I miss one or two. Thanks for the heads up!

  23. Thanks for the heads up Jill! The errors are fixed now, not sure how I missed them the first couple times I re-read the piece :/

  24. History has to tell that the separation of the Union by rebels was officially put down. We pledge our allegance to the Union of States. Interstate commerce keeps us a strong Nation. If some states had their way, there would be no education, no welfare support system, no progress at all. We are not a Union of fiefdoms, we need to promote the United States as a Union for all, otherwise we never will be able to pursue our happiness together.

  25. That’s exactly what I thought too. with one difference, hope the heirs end up fighting each other,(Over who controls the money) so they don’t have time to continue their fathers work.

  26. E Pluribus Unum! NOT In god We Trust. As soon as we get rid of the paranoid Christian FAKE motto of this United States we will begin the process of cleansing the insanity of the Clives and the Hannity’s.

  27. It’s federal land for a good purpose–it is orely managed public land for which subsized fees are charged to maintain the resource and do away with contentious range wars. Why it was so hard to bring up the Dust Bowl that humans caused in the 30’s by failure to responsibly tend the land is beyond me. This let Hannity imply the “the government” has just claimed this land arbitrarily and charges fees for its use which morons can assume just go into the big fund that keep the “negroes” from picking cotton so they don’t have to do anything. Either the Kochs don’t know American history or don’t give a crap about it. Cattlemen depend on the services of the federal government.

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