Sean Hannity

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Sean Hannity hosts his own Fox News program. Previously he co-hosted Hannity & Colmes on Fox. Fox bills him as the "program's conservative counterpart to liberal Alan Colmes." He also hosts the radio show The Sean Hannity Show, syndicated by ABC Radio Networks, which has the second-largest talk radio audience in the U.S. behind Rush Limbaugh.[1]

Hannity serves on the Advisory Panel for the African American Republican Leadership Council. Hannity is also listed with the Premiere Speakers Bureau as being available for conference programs with an indicative speaking fee of $50,000. [2]

Hannity co-authored a book titled, "Energy Keepers, Energy Killers: The New Civil Rights Battle," along with Roy Innis, Alan Gottlieb and Paul Driessen. It was published in February 2008 by Merril Press. [1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Hannity was a headline speaker at the 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in New York City.[2]

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Criticism by Media Matters

In late August 2005, Media Matters for America reported that Sean Hannity blamed the "anti-war left" for protesting at the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq. They reported that the protesters were actually members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in Topeka, Kansas, which claims that terrorism and other disasters are divine retribution against America for the "sin" of tolerating homosexuality. WBC members, who held signs saying "God blew up the troops" and "Thank God for dead soldiers," also have a website called GodHatesAmerica.com, where anti-gay rhetoric is expressed: "The American army is a fag army! ... WBC rejoices every time the Lord God in His vengeance kills or maims an American soldier with an Improvised Explosive Device." [3]

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References

  1. "Energy Keepers," Amazon.com, accessed March 2009.
  2. American Legislative Exchange Council, 2001 Annual Report, organizational report, 2002, accessed September 23. 2011