Thursday, May 05, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

"If the conservative guests on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes sound especially on-message, that's because they're being coached by the best: Sean Hannity himself.

On the March 31 installment of the shouting-head show, the guests included two of the late Terri Schiavo's former nurses, Trudy Capone and Carla Sauer Iyer, arguing that their patient wasn't brain-dead. Between commercials, according to an off-air audiotape obtained by investigative comedian Harry Shearer for last Sunday's episode of his weekly radio program, "Le Show," Hannity coached the women on exactly how to respond when liberal co-host Alan Colmes cross-examined them.

'Just say, I'm here to tell what I saw,' Hannity can be heard instructing his guests. 'No matter what the question' ... On the air, Iyer performs beautifully. 'I don't have any opinions or judgments. I was there,' she declares.

After the segment ends, Hannity gushes off the air to the nurses: 'We got the points out. It's hard; this isn't easy. But you did great, both of you. Thank you, guys. Those nurses are powerful, aren't they?'"

-- New York Daily News "Lowdown" Column, April 15, 2005

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am shocked! Outraged! Amazed! Oh, the humanity ... You really cannot tell me that it surprises you, in any way, that somebody in the media attempts to mold or coach the message of a guest. This is done all the time, and not just in the media. Attorneys do it when providing their clients with competent representation. I simply do not see what is noteworthy about this.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous is right on. The whole peice makes me question the true intent of JABBS. It's starting to sound like a right-wing witch hunt blog. I understand Liberals are still shocked by the Red-state Map, but get over it. Hillary's time is right around the corner. I can hear the mulah's laughing from here.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to agree. Although i cannot stand hannity, i know from experience that this exists all the time. It is not surprising at all and isnt news. Now, if he had put pressure on them to speak out against their wishes, or something like that.....but based on what JABBS indicates, that is not the case.

If you think Jabbs has now gone on a witchunt....well, the democrats (of which i often claimed to be) in recent years have stood on a platform of I hate Bush. So, it is not unusual for a liberal blog to follow suit. Of course, continuing this path spells continuous defeat for the dems, but that is another matter. Right now, the dems are in the strange position of actually benefiting by saying and doing nothing. Because the republicans have been self destructing by allowing the far fight to take over (much like the dems let the far left). Even Bush seems to be distancing himself from them. Interesting what will come from this....

It is high time that congress represents what most of this country believe---centrism. It is the future.

2:59 PM  
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6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have examples of "liberal" hosts coaching guests, or are you just assuming.

And comparing what Hannity did to an attorney coaching a witness is meaningless.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you are correct. I do not have a specific example of a liberal host coaching a guest. Therefore, it has surely never happened. How freaking stupid of me. And since this is the first time I recall seeing any article or mention of anybody being reported to have coached a guest, are we to assume that Sean Hannity is now the only person to have ever done so? Is your mind so closed that you can only envision a conservative doing this, or so closed that you cannot get your head around the idea that this is in no way suprising to anybody, except for yourself? How is coaching a guest any different than coaching a witness ?

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just saying that you make a sweeping statement, and you can't back it up. And why are you so angry about this?

Is Hannity the first to coach a guest? Probably not. Is it news-worthy? On a media blog, it's interesting. It's from the NY Daily News, so apparently someone else found it noteowrthy.

The fact that David put it in one of the "you can't make this up" items -- which are generally light-hearted -- may mean something. I wouldn't take it so seriously.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a much larger issue than whether Hannity is coaching his guests. It is whether he is inviting guests that will tell the truth and balance the discussion, or is he inviting guests to mimick Republican spin. If the latter is the case, why doesn't he just bring on a ventriloquist doll.
If he brings on guests designed to challenge his views, than all his coaching shouldn't matter in the least.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a joke. of course hannity brings on people who agree with his position. that is what makes him tick,what makes him successful. i cannot stand him but lets not forget he is out to make money, a career. All of these shout shows do this. Of course it would make for a more enlightening debate if they brought on more enlightened guests....but he is catering to his fans. He is a joke, albeit a popular one.

as far as a liberal host coaching etc.... i spoke to friends of mine at ABC news and they inform me that coaching exists all the time, not just from hosts but producers and other background personnel. Otherwise you would risk chaos on every show. it is somewhat scripted/programmed, to say the least. to be surprised by this is to be ignorant.

8:14 PM  

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