Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Misinformer of the Year

2008's Media Matters "Misinformer of the Year" Award goes to:

Sean Hannity

As Media Matters for America has demonstrated time and again, Fox News' Sean Hannity has been a prolific and influential purveyor of conservative misinformation. But never has he so enthusiastically applied his talents for spreading misinformation as he did to the 2008 presidential race, focusing his energies primarily on President-elect Barack Obama. Day after day, Hannity devoted his two Fox News shows and his three-hour ABC Radio Networks program to "demonizing" the Democratic presidential candidates, starkly explaining in August: "That's my job. ... I led the 'Stop Hillary Express.' By the way, now it's the 'Stop Obama Express.' " Hannity's "Stop Obama Express" promoted and embellished a vast array of misleading attacks and false claims about Obama. Along the way, he uncritically adopted and promoted countless Republican talking points and played host to numerous credibility-challenged smear artists who painted Obama as a dangerous radical.
As the GOP's megaphone, Hannity, with the help of an apparently brain-dead media, dumped stories into national narrative such as: Obama will invade Pakistan, air-raid villages, and the evils of Michelle Obama's college thesis. I think the single act that makes him deserving of the award was repeatedly giving a microphone to reality challenged 9/11 Truther, Jerome Corsi.

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