Media Matters for America: Hannity smeared Gates as anti-white radical by distorting 1994 interview
"On the July 27 edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity repeatedly misrepresented Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s 1994 interview on C-SPAN's Booknotes to suggest that Gates had recently said he agreed with Malcolm X that the "white man was the devil" and to smear Gates as "extreme" and a "radical." In fact, in that interview, Gates was talking about events in 1959, specifically his witnessing his mother's positive reaction to a documentary they watched together about Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam. In the C-SPAN interview, Gates stated that while he was "cowering in a corner" during the documentary, his mother's "face was radiant" and added that watching her reaction was "like watching the Wicked Witch of the West emerge out of the transforming features of Dorothy." Gates went on to describe how he learned that his mother had been a victim of "white racism" at the hands of the "wealthy white people" for whom she worked. Moreover, in spite of his mother's views, which Gates said were the result of the mistreatment she suffered, Gates noted in that same exchange that his wife of nearly 15 years was white, and that their engagement led to strife with and within his family."
Yeah, Professor Gates must be an "anti-white radical", Sean. After all, Gates has been married to a white woman for 15 years, lives in an upper middle class white neighborhood, is a professor at America's most prestigious white university, has devoted his professional career to teaching racial reconciliation, etc., etc. All of this stamps Gates as an "anti-white radical", right?
However, to say that Hannity Lies is no news. Hannity lies and distorts the facts every single day. There should be a segment of his show, entitled "Hannity's Lie of the Day". Actually, it should be called "Hannity's Biggest Lie of the Day" -- since he tells so many of them. Anyway, lying about and smearing a prestigious black university professor is something at which Hannity excels. Lies and distortions are Hannity's areas of expertise. That's why Hannity is such a super-star at Fox News. No one can peddle the blarney like old Sean.