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Sean Hannity and Hal Turner
Sean Hannity (left) and the notorious neo-Nazi (and FBI informant) Hal Turner. (Left Photo - YouTube; Right Photo - CT
State Capitol Police)

Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, neocons, Tea Partiers, militia members—just to name a few—have called their adversaries, and especially the Obama Administration, everything from fascists, murderers, dictators, cowards, communist, nappy headed hos, sluts, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. But they have perhaps escaped the only label that rings true for them: "Neo-Nazis."  Ronald David Jackson

By MARK KARLIN
If you have been watching Jon Stewart lately, you have had the pleasure of witnessing a series of withering attacks on Sean Hannity's hypocrisy. Furthermore, BuzzFlash (for many years) and Stewart have both sniffed the simmering racism of Hannity and FOX. Yes, it's a coded racism, but it's there - lingering in the smirk of his smug lacerating comments about liberals - and is a strong magnet of attraction to the aged, largely white male, viewing base of FOX.

This came to the forefront again with Hannity's strong support for Cliven Bundy, until Bundy openly expressed his racism - thus breaking the tacit understanding of Hannity, FOX and their viewers to never publicly disclose their bigotry. Racism on FOX (along with its bigoted cousin: "multiculturalism is destroying the United States") is a primary attraction of the program to its watchers who see white entitlement slipping from their hands. However, it is never to be openly acknowleged -- and even officially renounced if necessary, as Hannity did when he had to walk back his embrace of Bundy after the rancher channeled the opinions of a plantation slave owner on video.

As Jon Stewart pointed out, Hannity is always attacking President Obama and liberals for allegedly selectively applying the law, but when it comes to white male gun loving racists like Bundy (and anyone watching what happened before Bundy's followers threatened law enforcement officers with guns knew that racism and anti-big government sedition fit together like a hand in a kid glove), Hannity gives enormous latitude to white males who express anti-government sentiments, even when their firearms are pointed at Hannity's beloved police.

It is important to note, yet again, that the Nevada state Constitution designates as federal property, by law, the land Cliven Bundy has been using for grazing his cattle on. Around 15,000 ranchers pay the US goverment Bureau of Land Management for the right to have their cows eat and roam on US land. But Bundy wants welfare for his cattle, so he has broken Nevada and federal laws and now owes the US government over a million dollars.

You could call Cliven Bundy Sean Hannity's "Welfare King."

But let's return to the racial underpinnings of much of the FOX and Hannity "frame" on culture and politics in the US.

Several years ago, BuzzFlash noted that while Hannity was daily trying to make Obama into a black panther radical during the 2008 election campaign, the author Max Blumenthal had charged Hannity with being quite cozy with neo-Nazi Hal Turner when Hannity was starting out as a right-wing radio talk show host.

We wrote about these charges and evidence to seemingly back them up on BuzzFlash at the time, but due to a server move, those commentaries are not currently available.

However, an indispensible web site, "News Hounds: We watch Fox so you don't have to," reported on the allegations in a March 23, 2008, entry, "Neo Nazi/White Supremacist Hal Turner Confirms Friendship And Kinship With Sean Hannity":

Earlier in the week, Sean Hannity denied, albeit in contradictory terms, ever having a relationship with neo Nazi/white supremacist Hal Turner. As I posted the night Hannity was confronted about Turner, the evidence conflicts with Hanniy’s claims. Now Turner has confirmed their friendship and their sympatico views in a blog post called, “About Sean Hannity and Me. . . . . Yes, we were friends and yes, Sean agreed with some of my views.”
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