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With Less Than a Month to Go, Media/Campaign Clashes Heat Up


• During Hannity & Colmes coverage after Tuesday’s debate, things got heated between Obama communication director Robert Gibbs and Sean Hannity. Bringing up Hannity’s recent special and its use of an interview with Andy Martin, Gibbs said, “Why am I not to believe that everybody who works for the network is anti-Semitic because Sean Hannity gives a platform to somebody who thinks Jews are “slimy.’” Hannity called the statements attributed to Martin (who denies making them) “despicable,” and said, “On Fox, we actually interview people of all points of view, whether we agree or disagree.”

Campbell Brown delivered a commentary during the “Cutting Through the Bull” segment on her CNN program last night, calling on the McCain campaign to “strongly” denounce McCain surrogates who refer to the Democratic nominee as “Barack Hussein Obama” during campaign rallies. “What it is, is race-baiting. And that is what is dangerous,” she said. Brown also took on Obama supporters “up in arms” over McCain using the term “that one” during Tuesday’s debate. “Maybe McCain did mean to be disrespectful,” she said. “But racist? I don’t think so.”

• This morning on Fox & Friends, Obama spokesperson Bill Burton had a lively interview with the hosts, but mostly Gretchen Carlson. In the interview, Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship with William Ayers and Ayers’ wife came up. Burton placed the blame on the McCain campaign: “They are pretty effectively getting to talking about it and getting me to talk about it on Fox News this morning.” When Carlson responded, “viewers want to know about it as well,” Burton said, “I’m sure you have McCain supporters watching Fox News, that’s not news to anybody.”

Click continued to see the Hannity/Gibbs clip and the Brown commentary (still looking for the Carlson/Burton clip)…

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In Hannity’s America, Obama is a Radical — and Three Million People Are Watching

hannity_10-7.jpgSunday night, Hannity’s America aired a special episode titled “Obama & Friends: The History of Radicalism.” It turned out to be the program’s highest rated ever. More than three million Total Viewers tuned in, and 645,000 in the A25-54 demo.

But what did they see? From the very beginning, ominous music played as Sean Hannity promised, “an entire hour of Barack Obama‘s questionable relationships.” At the end of the first segment, Hannity teased: “Coming up next, Barack Obama, the community organizer. Now was this the beginning of a grand scheme perpetuated by radicals?”

His guests were all in agreement. None appeared to support the Illinois senator. The program’s EP, John Finley, defended the special to the New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg. “‘Hannity’s America’ is an opinion show — it’s a show from Sean’s perspective, which is obviously conservative,” he said.

One of those guests was Andy Martin, a one-time political opponent of Obama’s who takes credit for starting the “Obama is a Muslim rumor.” One of his comments from the FNC program: “If you love the Cuban revolution and Castro, and if you love what’s happening in Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, you’ll love Barry Obama.”

Martin also has a history of anti-Semitic comments. In the 1980s, Martin said the purpose of one of his political committees was “to exterminate Jew power in America and to impeach the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City.” In another instance he wrote, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”

To the Times, he did not deny the comments, only saying, said, “It’s peripheral, it draws you away from the issue.”

> Update: The full paragraph from the Times story read, “Mr. Martin had previously said the documents were forged, and again denied their authenticity on Monday. He also denied harboring anti-Semitic sentiment, saying “it’s peripheral, it draws you away from the issue.”

Also, Martin reached out to TVNewser to say: “I also told the Times I had testified as to the falsity of these accusations under oath, although that did not make it into the story.”

And from the other side of the cable news opinion page, Keith Olbermann let loose his newest Daily Kos-teased Special Comment last night, aimed at Gov. Sarah Palin. Click continued to see it…

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