Sean Hannity was a different broadcaster when I started listening to him on the radio back in late 1998. Before the syndication deal and books and in the infancy of his FOX News gig, his show felt kind of like a tooth where the nerve is exposed and all it’s going to take is one drop of cold water sipped the wrong way to send a shock wave.
It’s a totally different deal now. Hannity has kind of formatted all of the interesting, or at least the things that make radio interesting to me, right out of the show. The things that make radio more personal and compelling than TV have been removed. He’s done well for himself with it, but, in all the polish, I miss the occasional raw edge.
I saw a flash of old, raw Sean tonight, interestingly on his FOX News television show, as he debated Islamic radical Anjem Choudary.
H/T Hannity to Anjem Choudary: “You’re One Sick Miserable Evil SOB But Thanks For Coming On” (Video) for pulling the clip and providing this transcript.
“Now here’s the point I’m trying to make to you and I will finish my thought. You believe every woman should wear a burqa. You’re a fascist. You want to ram that down people’s thoats. You want to cut off people’s hands that steal. You want to stone people that commit adultery. You want to rob Israel’s land. And, I believe, but you don’t have the courage to admit it because you are a coward, that you believe that people who killed 3,000 Americans are going to heaven and are going to get 72 virgins. So can you not step back from your sick twisted bizarre ideology here to see that those 3,000 people were innocent victims, sir… You’re one sick miserable evil S.O.B but thank you for coming on anyway.“
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