Aug 26, 2008

I despise...

...Sean Hannity.

Of course, I don't know the man. He lives fairly close by, actually. I've even heard that he is a decent tipper. Usually a good barometer for the kind of person you are. I don't even hate his politics. Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever you are. I really don't care. As long as you are informed and you have a reasonable understanding of the issues, I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.

No, what I despise Sean Hannity (and many others of his ilk) for is his onscreen persona. The intolerant, blowhard, superior smug sonuvabitch that he plays on his show. He might be that way in real life, but I get the feeling that he (and Limbaugh, Coulter, etc...) play it up for the camera. They are paid to be contrary and to support a narrow ideology, so that is what they do. Part of their job is to be hated by a segment of the audience watching them. And I fucking hate that.

It just helps the uber-impressionable citizens of our nation to grow further apart rather than closer together. It is despicable.

A couple of weeks ago, the news broke of John Edwards and his long-time affair. Politicians all have their heads up their penis, apparently. Hannity first talked about the infidelity as a betrayal of his wife and a core problem with the man himself. That's fine. But someone on the panel mentioned John McCain's affair during his first marriage and Hannity was willing to give McCain a pass because he is a war hero who just came back from 4+ years of torture in a POW camp when he cheated on his wife.


No one can argue that McCain has gone through a tremendous ordeal during his stint in the military. I have no problem with anyone putting him up on a pedestal and calling him a hero. But what the hell does one thing have to do with the other? Yes, McCain can be called a hero and Edwards is a hairdo, but the fact is both men are/were adulterers and if you have a problem with one of them for that reason then you should have a problem with both of them for that reason. No need to make up bullshit excuses for the man. He cheated on his wife. End of story.

Kudos to his partner in crime, the Crypt Keeper, for not letting him get away with it. And if you have seen him recently, that is a pretty flattering picture of Alan Colmes over there. The Keeper, as always, is looking like the Greek God that he is. Never seems to take a bad photo. Photo source: This dude's blog

PS - Long lost newness over at MovieGrenade for you to ignore. Move it bitches!!

Random Wiki: Shoshana Bean, besides having a funny name, is best known for playing Elpheba on the Broadway production of Wicked. And she is sporting some of the nicest cleavage ever to adorn a Wiki page. Nicely done!


SK Waller said...

I'm so completely fed up with all the talking heads --whatever their politics-- that I don't even watch the news anymore. And you know what? I've cut about 35% of the stress out of my life by doing so.

Love the comparison with the Crypt Keeper. So true!

jiggs said...

More like Sean Crappity!

Anonymous said...

Earl, I loved the way you described it. Much worse than cheating on one's wife is to use a double standard whenever convenient.

Slyde said...

i was actually quite bummed when i heard about edwards.. i have some high opinions of the guy, and this indesecretion will knock him out of the politcal field for awhile, if not for good...

p.s. congrats on getting me to finally click on one of those wiki links.. cleavage for the win..!

Verdant Earl said...

Steph - I thought I was being original with the Crypt Keeper thing, but that blog link I provided was from 2005. Oh well.

Jiggs - that one feels familiar. ;)

MikeB - Well, I don't know if it is worse. It surely makes you an asshole, but cheating on your spouse is pretty bad.

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - you haven't been fully enjoying my Random Wiki series? For shame! ;)

Michelle said...

b.e. great and timely post! I agree with your points completely!!! This is bullshit, whats good for one is good for all!!! What is with all these politician men cheating on their very nice wives who stick with them no matter what???? SHEESH!!!


Bruce Johnson said...

This touches the nerve about the 'flapping heads' on television. Those bobbing noggins that continually spew forth a diatribe of filth regarding what is right and wrong with John McCain, Paris Hilton, Angelina Jolie, Vladamir Putin, etc. They are nothing more than opininated jerks.

Which is why I don't watch them nor do I have much faith in those that do. Considering the amount of the population that listens to these morons and base their own opinions on what the "smart people on TV" say, I have little hope for this world.

I have been planning on writing a blog about this, and your post just pushed me a little closer to getting it done.

Verdant Earl said...

Michelle - I think you must have to be some kind of ego-maniac to even go into politics. And thinking that you are wanted by every woman in the world must feed into that. Bunch of jackasses!

Lotus - Anything I can do to help. :)

limpy99 said...

John McCain was a prisoner of war? Really? I hadn't heard that.

/has actually heard it 62,000 times in the last week and is getting kind of sick of it.

Verdant Earl said...

Limpy - his advisors are thinking about using it in the campaign, but are fearful of a "gun boat" type ad. No, not really.

Avitable said...

Have you ever seen "The Last Supper"? It's an independent film with Ron Perlman and Cameron Diaz, among others. Great film and it speaks a bit to the tendency of TV personalities to be more polarizing than their beliefs.

Mrs. Hall said...

If you think about it, to get people interesting in watching a program, the producer must evoke feelings in the viewer.

Feelings imprint memory. And thus-producers of these programs use hate and ugly to evoke emotions. Like hate and ugly.

But this whole mess got on your blog, so I guess they are doing something right.

OK-THAT was a little harsh. I didn't mean it to sound like that. See-the ugly is catchy.

I am just saying, I am with Steph. I don't give a flying fucktard about some dude who blinded by his desire to yammer on and on on TV.

I limit this kind of thing in my life.

I say, more boobies! everyone likes boobies. I would rather watch ten thousand hours of Ms. Bean than ten seconds of Mr. Fucktard.


Mrs. Hall

@ avitable-I did see the Last supper, very funny! I think I would really enjoyed those tomatoes!

pure evyl said...

9 out of 10 women would cheat on Sean Hannity. I saw it on a poll somewhere, I think.

Verdant Earl said...

Avitable - I saw it a number of years ago, but I don't remember that scene exactly. I know that the only guy at the table you never saw act again wound up on two seasons of Survivor. Weird.

Mrs. Hall - Oh I knew I was playing into their propaganda just by writing that post. It just makes me mad that some people can't see through the bullshit.

Evyl - And the other would do bad things to his cereal in the morning.