Fox News offers a debate-oriented program known as "Hannity & Colmes" in which Sean Hannity leans to the right on current issues and Alan Colmes tends to argue more to the left. On a recent segment, they interviewed Michael Crook, the author of the infamous web site "Forsake The Troops!". During the interview, both Hannity and Colmes seemed to join sides against Mr. Crook and his outlandish assumptions and extreme conclusions that cover his web site.
But the subject of the debate is not what jumped out at me about this segment. Clearly, Mr. Crook’s opinions are outliers on the scale of American thought. Regardless of their absurdity, Sean Hannity was relentless in his use of derogatory terms to attack Mr. Crook in an interview that the Fox News network certainly initiated, planned and executed. One must wonder what level of etiquette should be considered before berating a person on a world-wide broadcast. Is it ok for a network to say anything and everything they feel, or should program hosts use restraint? Sean Hannity’s words were far less degrading than those found on Michael Crook’s site, but should he bring himself down to that low level of discussion?
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