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Battle of the intellectual titans
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This must have been a real treat. Apparently Sean Hannity and Mark Levin amubshed Alec Baldwin on another host's radio talk show yesterday:
HANNITY: Are you the guy that said of our vice president, while we’re at war, while we’re leading troops in harm’s way – are you the reckless, third-rate Hollywood actor who said that Dick Cheney is a terrorist? Are you the guy . . .

BALDWIN: Yes I am.

HANNITY: ... who said to stone Henry Hyde to death? Are you the guy who said our president is a CIA mass murderer? I wanted you to come on the program and defend that, you gutless coward.

BALDWIN: At first I thought this was a joke. But you can hear all the acid venom spewing hatred. It is Sean Hannity.
And it got even more intellectual from there according to Expose the Left:
When Hannity claimed that Baldwin was to appear on his show in order to do Whitman’s show, Baldwin refuted and called Hannity a “no talent hack”.

Hannity challenged Baldwin to appear on his show to back up his claims that Cheney is a terrorist while we are at war. However, Baldwin refused to do so and mocked the talk show host. At this point Mark Levin jumped in and told Baldwin that he has a “two-digit IQ”. Baldwin responded and called Levin, Hannity’s “cabin boy”, to which Levin called Baldwin “butt-boy”. Baldwin calls Hannity a “no talent whore”, says “Hannity means [sic] Gaelic for no talent”, and is an “incredibly ignorant boob”.
This highlights one of the reasons I rarely listen to Hannity. And, of course, I'm sure WABC’s Brian Whitman was thrilled at having to fill all that time after Baldwin stormed out of the studio (it was supposed to be a several hour interview).

Look, I think Baldwin has it all wrong, but what in heaven's name is served by doing what Hannity and Levin did? I wonder how well either of them would appreciate Al Franken calling their show when Ann Coulter was a guest and acting as they did?

"Two-digit IQ"? "Butt-boy?"

Yeah, I'm impressed.

If you're so inclined, Expose the Left has the mp3 you can download and listen to.
 
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IMHO, FOX News would have instantly more mainstream credibility if it dropped Hannity. I don’t really care if they do or not, and I can’t stand the Hannity & Colmes show, but the gems highlighted above convince me that I’m right about this.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Aside from being a no-talent hack, it seems Hannity is a bit of an *ss, too. And what’s with Levin’s "butt-boy" and "brokeback" comments? Gay-baiting? WTF?

Classless jerks.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
URL: http://www.QandO.net
Like Alec Baldwin deserved better treatment? Nah. Hannity and Levin probably treated him better than he deserved. In fact, I’m suprised they didn’t just skip the "interview" and go straight to the pie fight.

On the other hand, probably the most entertainment Hannity has delivered since he started!
 
Written By: shark
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On the other hand, probably the most entertainment Hannity has delivered since he started!
And he had to do it on someone else’s show.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Sounds like a Rikki Lake rerun.

I don’t watch Hannity either. Everyone already knows that Baldwin’s a lib blowhard - Hannity’s problem is he thinks he gets merits for pointing it out.
-Steve
 
Written By: Steve
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If Hannity is a "no-talent bum" (I tend to agree in part), how does he get to number 2 and stay there? (I’m talking radio, not TV)

Rush is still the gold standard, while others have their niche..

Medved, Hewitt - debate
Ingraham - humor
Savage - sack cloth & ashes

Is there a market for a radio show that would get Baldwin & debate him straight up. Medved would come close, but all are too quick to punch, primp, preen before really giving these Bozos the rope they need to hang themselves.

Is trying for a show that is smack-dab in the middle of NPR and Conservative talk feasable? If it was, it would be/create a huge market.

As you might guess, I have an agenda. As radio evolves, someone ought to try to do a show that reaches across the aisle, and not preach to the converted.
 
Written By: Bruno
URL: http://www.extremewisdom.com
Baldwin starts the insults (I listened to the tape) and people here are taking Hannity to ask.

Incredible.

Btw, Hannity & Colmes is damn good.

 
Written By: Mr. Kennedy
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Voice from outside the US media bubble; this sounds less and less to do with politics and more to do with personal vendettas.

You guys follow your politics like we follow our football here in the UK.

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, or whether you’re right or wrong, always be loyal and show it by insulting the opposition above and beyond normal levels of decency...
 
Written By: symptomless
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I enjoy listening to talk radio, but I much prefer a more respectful approach. I found (back when I was living somewhere it was broadcast) that I couldn’t listen to Hannity’s radio show. And I don’t think this episode on Levin’s show does either one of them credit.

I really, strongly prefer Rush and Hugh Hewitt, because they’re very respectful of their callers. Hugh, in particular, is terrific at very respectfully allowing frothing lefties to expose their own inanity, while he stands back and watches.

Hugh’s also a terrific interviewer, asking succinct questions and then getting out of theway and letting the interviewee answer. I’ve gotten sensitive to, and annoyed by, interviewers who don’t know how to ask a quation and then shut up. Beyond my utter contempt and disdain for Al Franken, listening to one of his interviews, or reading a transcript, is painful, becuause he blathers on, and on, and on, and doesn’t get to the point!
 
Written By: Wiz
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hmm...conservatives resorting to name calling when their
Icons of Love (tm)
are attacked?

Say it ain’t soooooo!



So, where is the news here?
 
Written By: Rick D.
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Yeah Rick unlike the LEFT, that home of decency, toleration and respect for dissent. BTW, Rick when does DU or Kos intend to castigate any of the Air Emrica hosts for their on air sillinesses?
 
Written By: Joe
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I listen to way too much talk radio, I tend to agree that Medvid, and Hewit are the best. But I like ingrahm and sometimes hannity. Mark Levin, is funny because he is witty but hopelessly twisted with bile. I like that sometimes.
Micheal Savage is simply totally insane, period.
 
Written By: Kyle N
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Is Baldwin still here? I thought he left the country after Bush was elected, to avoid the horror. Well, if he finally does decide to leave, I hope he takes Hannity with him. France would be nice, I think.

Bruno

What number was Jerry Springer?
 
Written By: timactual
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This highlights one of the reasons I rarely listen to Hannity.
Among a long list of reasons, I should hope.
And, of course, I’m sure WABC’s Brian Whitman was thrilled at having to fill all that time after Baldwin stormed out of the studio (it was supposed to be a several hour interview).
Well can you blame Baldwin? Levin said, “why is your wife so p*ssed off at you?”
Go on, someone blame him… I dare you.
Baldwin explains,
After some back and forth between myself and Hannity, most of it predictable, Levin made a comment connected to my divorce proceedings. I turned to Whitman, who knew that I was due to depart the show no later than 8:30 PM New York time anyway, and told him I had to go. I thought that Levin, whoever he may be and whatever code he does or does not operate by, had crossed a line and I was under no obligation to continue in that vein.
I don’t agree with Baldwin on a lot of things, but he’s right about Hannity being a hack. But of course, FoxNews… heh, speaks for itself.
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, or whether you’re right or wrong, always be loyal and show it by insulting the opposition above and beyond normal levels of decency...
sympomless, it’s as though you’ve lived here for years…
Yeah Rick unlike the LEFT, that home of decency, toleration and respect for dissent. BTW, Rick when does DU or Kos intend to castigate any of the Air Emrica hosts for their on air sillinesses?
Joe, I assume you meant AirAmerica. I listen to AirAmerica quite often, and though “silliness” may be accurate, I’m wondering what exactly you find silly about it.
I mean, what remarks from an AirAmerica host compares to “butt-boy” or “brokeback” or “why is your wife p*ssed off at you?” ???

I’m curious. Can you, Joe, quote me something from AirAmerica that even comes close? I’m not suggesting that one doesn’t exist, I am having trouble though remembering anything of the like coming from an AirAmerica radio host.
Perhaps you could enlighten me.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Well Pogue how about Randi Rhodes? Or is she a voice of calm reason?
 
Written By: Joe
URL: http://
That’s all you got?...
A name?...
No quotes or something?...
Just "Randi Rhodes"???

Yeah, you’re going to have to be more specific.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
Two digit IQ = 99 = US average according to some studies.


Oooooh, you called me normal, ooooooh, I’m so insulted.
 
Written By: Harun
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Frankly, Baldwin is an *ss. His ’all too mighty’ comments regarding contstruction workers’ is just appalling. Frankly, they, like alot of people, have to work for a living, I mean real work. I do it, I don’t have some plushy "job" that pays me way to much to do something I enjoy. Baldwin has everything handed to him on a silver platter, I’m sorry we are not all that fortunate. Because his is an alleged star his comments get publicity, frankly, I don’t give a rats *ss about your political views Mr. Baldwin. I watch your movies that’s it. AND, frankly, if you want to come on Brian Whitman’s program, a politcal program (aren’t they all), then be prepared to talk politics. One more thing, Mr. Baldwin feels he can say anything when nobody is there with a contradictory point of view, in fact, I have NEVER seen him debate anyone, except by himself in front of a camera. Well if you want to walk the walk then talk the talk. I also agrr with the prior comment, he swore he would leave the country if Bush were elected, well Bush is now on his second term....you’re still here Alec..don’t do us any favors. I am not an extreme right or lefter, I am independent and call it as I see it.
 
Written By: HAPPY
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Frankly, Baldwin is an *ss. His ’all too mighty’ comments regarding contstruction workers’ is just appalling. Frankly, they, like alot of people, have to work for a living, I mean real work. I do it, I don’t have some plushy "job" that pays me way to much to do something I enjoy. Baldwin has everything handed to him on a silver platter, I’m sorry we are not all that fortunate. Because his is an alleged star his comments get publicity, frankly, I don’t give a rats *ss about your political views Mr. Baldwin. I watch your movies that’s it. AND, frankly, if you want to come on Brian Whitman’s program, a politcal program (aren’t they all), then be prepared to talk politics. One more thing, Mr. Baldwin feels he can say anything when nobody is there with a contradictory point of view, in fact, I have NEVER seen him debate anyone, except by himself in front of a camera. Well if you want to walk the walk then talk the talk. I also agrr with the prior comment, he swore he would leave the country if Bush were elected, well Bush is now on his second term....you’re still here Alec..don’t do us any favors. I am not an extreme right or lefter, I am independent and call it as I see it.
 
Written By: HAPPY
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I do it, I don’t have some plushy "job" that pays me way to much to do something I enjoy.
Awe…, baby want candy? Sucks to be you.

Perhaps you should pursue an acting career.

I am not an extreme right or lefter, I am independent and call it as I see it.
See, you’d be good at it.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
that whole Hannity-Baldwin thing was a four-way loserfest.
Whitman is a loser for allowing this crap on his show. as soon as Levin made that crack he should have pulled the plug on him.
Hannity is a loser for lowering himself to the very name-calling he condemns Baldwin etc for.
Baldwin is a big loser for his extreme elitism, as well as his going into the name-calling mode instead of at least trying to explain his positions.
and Levin is the biggest loser of all for his personal attacks.
this was like a fight where one fighter is on the ropes but the winner gets disqualified for a low blow. Hannity, Levin, it was so unnecessary; you had the guy beat fair and square, but you got low instead of staying on the high road.
 
Written By: tony savoy
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Personally, I applaud Sean for taking on this arrogant punk. Baldwin makes insane comments regularly and no one challenges him on it. Hannity did. Good for him.

I’ll let everyone else here pontificate about Sean using insults. I’m sure the good people here at Q and O would NEVER insult someone who called them a "no talent hack" before an audience of millions.
 
Written By: Mark
URL: http://www.marknicodemo.mu.nu
Sean Hannity is a coward

 
Written By: President George W. Bush
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Baldwin is a hack. He reads other people’s writing fairly well, but on his own, he’s useless.

Hannity is not quite a hack, nor a no-talent whore, but he’s not terribly bright either. I have to admit, I largely agree with Sean’s stance on most subjects, but to listen to his shallow reasonings is quite painful.

He has a 3 hour show, much of it made up of self-coined cliches. If he was prohibited from repeating himself, he’d only have about 1 hour of content! Hardly brilliant. He should take lessons from Medved, especially in the debate department.

There will never be a middle-of-the-road talk show. It would be boring, no one would listen; not even self proclaimed independents.
 
Written By: Dpilot
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