Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sean Hannity's anti-Semitic friends Martin and Turner

Sean Hannity is THE most self-righteous person on talk radio. While the WABC-based boor blathers on about Obama and Ayers, we should remind folks --especially, Hannity listeners-- of Hannity's own associations with political extremists. The political blowback this week has called attention to Hannity's friendly relationship with anti-Semite Andy Martin.

Jason Linkins, writing today on Huffington Post, brought blowhard Hannity's association with Martin to light:

Just in time for Yom Kippur comes a reminder of what a world-class ganef Sean "Shonde" Hannity is. On Sunday, Hannity ran a "special report" entitled "Barack Obama: History of Radicalism," in which he presented, as a credible resource, at least one gentleman with a radical history of his own. We speak of Andy Martin: peripatetic electoral also-ran, self-styled "consumer advocate" from a parallel universe in which evil consumer advocates thrive, and one of the few people to earn the label "vexatious litigant" from the Wikipedia. (Side note: "Vexatious Litigants Of The Wikipedia" is my new favorite punk rock band name.)

Martin is well-known for bragging about being a pioneer in the field of spitting out cuckoo-nutlog attacks on Barack Obama, but the far more interesting thing about Martin is that he's a dedicated anti-Semite. Ari from Oxdown Gazette has the details:

The same Andy Martin who,

"...ran as a Democrat for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District seat under the name "Anthony R. Martin-Trigona," his campaign committee filed papers saying its purpose was to "exterminate Jew power in America and impeach U.S. District Court of Appeals judges in New York City."

And that wasn't his only anti-Semitic outburst:

In a New York bankruptcy case, he referred to a judge as a "crooked, slimy Jew." During the bankruptcy dispute, he filed a civil-rights lawsuit claiming Jewish bankruptcy judges and lawyers were conspiring to steal his property. He asked a court to bar "any Jew from having anything to do with plaintiff's property."

In another motion in the case, he wrote: "I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did, when Jew survivors are operating as a wolf pack to steal my property."

How exactly, does this sort of cracked-out wackface make it into a report on someone else's alleged radicalism? Well, we remind you, Hannity has something of a history of pallin' around with anti-Semites.

Linkins informed us last March that Hannity palls around with Neo-Nazi Hal Turner.
Here is an excerpt from Linkins' March 23, 2008 Huffington Post report, "Sean Hannity Confronted Over His Relationship With Neo-Nazi Hal Turner:"
The folks over at NewsHounds have been watching their Fox News Channel quarry dither over Senator Barack Obama's associations with pastor Jeremiah Wright, and noted Fox's own Sean Hannity getting himself tripped up in the guilt-by-association tango. Seems that one of Hannity's former close chums is a neo-Nazi named Hal Turner who used to be a radio host, is apparently the top man in Bergen, NJ white-supremacist circles, and probably spends a lot of his time in his basement with Star Wars action figures acting out Holocaust-denier versions of The Return of the Jedi. In short, just the sort of person with whom you'd imagine Sean Hannity spends a lot of formational time with.

Anyway, a few days ago, Hannity brought Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party on the show. Shabazz and his organization had previously chosen to endorse Barack Obama, who subsequently rejected the endorsement. It was up to Hannity to make some hay out of this, but the tables got turned very quickly. From NewsHounds:

Hannity added, "What I don't think you're understanding here, Malik, is that when you hear the minister of him for 20 years, when you hear the associations with Louis Farrakhan, one of the biggest racists and anti-Semites in the country, what you're not understanding is, America hears extremism at its worst."

Shabazz responded, "Let me ask you this. Are you to be judged by your promotion and association with Hal Turner?"

Hannity waved his arm around. "I don't know anybody named - this is nonsense. I don't..." Then Hannity changed his tune. "Sir, sir... That was a man that was banned from my radio show ten years ago, that ran a Senate campaign in New Jersey."

Then, as Shabazz refused to stop talking or back down, Hannity, in a tacit admission, said, "I'm not running for president."

"A neo Nazi, you backed his career," Shabazz said.

Hannity answered, "That is an absolute, positive, lie and you've been reading the wrong websites..., my friend. Good try."

Well, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary (Max Blumenthal's piece in Nation is good for a start), but it hardly matters, because don't you know, days later, Turner himself was doing his pal a total solid by coming out and stating, "Oh, yeah! We're best of buds!"

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