On October 5th, Sean Hannity hosted "Barack Obama & Friends: History of Radicalism," filled with scurrilous attacks against the Democratic presidential candidate. It was shown on Fox News–naturally.
Hannity hosted Andy Martin to back up the show's thesis. Called an "Internet journalist" by Hannity, Martin was widely credited with promoting the myth that Obama is a Muslim. Martin has also made a number of outrageous, anti-Semitic comments, including calling a judge in a 1983 bankruptcy case "a crooked, slimy Jew who has a history of lying and thieving common to members of his race." Referring to the Holocaust, Martin wrote in the same year, “I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”
This is the man whom Hannity cites for insight into Obama's character. On that topic, Martin stated, "Community organizing in Barack Obama's case was somebody who is training for the radical overthrow of the government." According to Martin, all this was under the influence of–you guessed it–William Ayers.
Hannity has repeatedly refused to express regrets for hosting Martin, explaining that he often interviews controversial characters. This misleading argument ignores the fact that Hannity wasn't just interviewing Martin; he included him as an authority whose views deserve a respectable airing. That's fitting for Hannity's entire presentation, which was nothing more than trumped-up conspiracy peddling disguised as investigative reporting.