Monday, February 14

How can Sean Hannity purport to host an honest debate between {insert name of legitimate human being here} and the Rev. Jerry Falwell? Today's lucky victim was Jim Wallis. For those of you that have yet to read Jim Wallis' God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't get It, I suggest you get your hands on a copy. The title says it all. Judge a book by its cover just this once... For some ungodly reason, I chose to listen to Hannity's radio show instead of the Ed Schultz show this afternoon. He kept plugging the "battle" he was going to have between the two Revs. I could almost hear his erection springing to life as he talked about the "shootout in the next segment." Unbalanced debate is the one thing that seems to get Hannity really hott. The Debate: Are Democrats Using Religion for Political Expediency? Obviously, this was going to be a fair and balanced exchange. The question was proposed first to Wallis, and, rather than let him give a full answer, Hannity kept interrupting him, urging him to "answer yes or no; it's a simple question." After Wallis more or less said no, Falwell got to slip this in: "I don't blame him, if they're paying him to do it." LIES LIES LIES After a few protests by Wallis, Falwell accused him of being a "liberal, socialist Democrat," and a part of "the irreligious Left." Then, he kept asking Wallis what church he went to, and whether he is a member of said church. He admonished Wallis for voting against Reagan and both Bushes in past elections. The gem of the entire exchange was when Jim Wallis finally said: "You're a liar, Jerry Falwell. There, I said it. You and Robertson don't speak for us anymore." Word. It was extremely difficult to listen to the entire thing, but in the end, I was left with that gross, I-think-I-just-puked-a-little-in-my-mouth feeling. Even grosser: Matt Drudge on Hannity and Colmes.

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