On Thursday, Sean Hannity took a few minutes to yell loaded questions at Yousef Munayyer, executive director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center in Washington, who kept obstinately trying to present his own opinion about Israel’s actions in Gaza instead of agreeing with Hannity that Israel is right in everything that it does. Munayyer was pretty arrogant right from the beginning, when he refused to answer Hannity’s perfectly objective and fair opening question correctly:
“If I fired 1600-2000 rockets into your neighborhood, I kidnapped 3 children in your neighborhood and kill them, what do you think the proper proportionate response is?”
Munayyer tried to use his own talking point about “decades of military occupation,” but Hannity cut him off, because obviously the correct answer is “A proportionate response would be a bombing campaign and ground assault that has left over 800 dead, because Palestinian life is cheap and we are terrorists, Sean.”
The conversation went along in a similarly amiable manner, with Hannity trying to get Munayyer to answer the “simple question” of whether Hamas is a terrorist organization:
“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?” Hannity asked.
“Do I get to actually speak now?” Munayyer said.
“You get to answer the question, it’s a simple yes or no question,” Hannity said.
“Sir, you invited me on here as a guest,” Munayyer said.
“I’m asking a question,” Hannity pressed. “Is Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, is that a terrorist organization? That’s a yes or no question.”
“Thank you for your question and now I will provide an answer,” Munayyer replied. “It’s very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers by the way, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of Palestinians on the ground, not just Hamas–”
Munayyer finally agreed that at least the U.S. Government has designated Hamas as a terrorist organization, which prompted Hannity to explain that the designation is simply because it is true (It’s rather amazing to see Hannity suddenly in favor of something Big Government has done):
“What part of this can’t you get through your thick head?” the Fox host said.
As the conversation came to an end, Munayyer asked if he would get to say anything further.
“You had your chance,” Hannity said as he cut off the guest. “You didn’t say Hamas is a terrorist organization. Goodbye.”
All that was missing was a curt “Good day, sir. I say Good Day.”
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Fox has been trumpeting how tough Hannity was against the bad terrorist man who won’t call a terrorist group a terrorist group, but we’re not sure we’re convinced. Bill O’Reilly would have cut Munayyer’s mic off and maybe stormed out of the studio, so Hannity’s mere badgering seems a bit wimpy by contrast.