When audio emerged of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy saying that "Negro[es]" were better off under slavery, Fox News stopped cheering him. Even Sean Hannity denounced his remarks.
He addressed the remarks again on his Fox News show tonight. He said:
And we kick things off tonight with reaction to some disturbing comments that are being attributed to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.After playing the comments, Hannity said:
All right. Allow me to make myself abundantly clear. I believe those comments are downright racist. They are repugnant. They are bigoted, and it's beyond disturbing. I find those comments to be deplorable, and I think it's extremely unfortunate that Cliven Bundy holds those views. Now, while I supported the Bundy ranch as they took a stand against the Bureau of Land Management, I was absolutely dismayed and frankly disappointed after reading the article and then hearing the commentary. However, I also want to say this. The ranch standoff that took place out in Nevada was not about a man named Cliven Bundy. At the heart of this issue was my belief that our government is simply out of control.After giving some examples of him reporting on cases where people have been threatened with losing their homes, he then got to the red meat:
In recent years, we have seen [government gone wild] play out in a vindictive tax agency's efforts to target and silence and intimidate citizens who happen to think this country's headed in the wrong direction. We watched tragically as our top diplomats and our Commander-in-chief lied in the wake of a terrorist attack that took the lies of four brave Americans. We've also endured the universal nightmare that is Obamacare. Premiums have, in fact, increased in spite of promises to the contrary. Plans have been cancelled in spite of promises to the contrary. And now a federal agency is telling you what doctors you can and cannot see when you were promised the exact opposite. In my opinion, Obamacare is the gold standard of government gone wild. But you won't read the truth about the stories that I've mentioned tonight in places like The New York Times. Why? Because that paper has actively helped cover up what really happened in the aftermath of Benghazi. Its reporters don't have the time or the energy to stand with average Americans being victimized by eminent domain. By the way, the same goes for my good friend, funnyman Jon Stewart. He's far too busy yuketing it up on The Daily Show with his famous friends. And he simply lacks the moral courage to speak truth to power, even when he's looking it right in the eye. And for the man who arrived in Washington, lecturing the entire world on hope and change? I think it's official: all hope is lost when it comes to President Barack Obama, and his ability to stand for what's right.There's no more point being shocked when Fox somehow finds a link between anything and Benghazi.