Friday, March 19, 2010


To be honest (and why not? It's Friday. The Sabbath approacheth.) I've never heard of Debbie Schlussel. Evidently, she's well-known among the right-wing, as a conservative pundit of some repute. And, apparently, some repugnance as well. Pretty, though. And the name has possibilities.

So it's interesting that she's just called Sean Hannity a fraud. Certainly, I've known him as a self-important and remarkably dumb guy, whose dishonesty about fact knows no bounds. At one time, I wondered what his presence on Fox "news" said about that network. (Long since, it became very obvious.) Anyhow, the lady reports:

For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance “charity” have conducted “Freedom Concerts” across America. They’ve told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. And on Friday Night, Hannity will be honored with an award for this “Outstanding Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host” at Talkers Magazine’s convention.

But it’s all a huge scam.

In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.

There's lots more at the above link, with impressive detail. She reports. You decide.

[From another blog, one can discern early reaction from right-wingers: "TheNextRight’s blogger RBIII tweets at 9:38 AM.

Apparently, allegations about Hannity are more important than that shredding of the Constitution if you’re a ‘Progressive.’

Perfect. Sounds just like the commenters here.]

[Update: here's a response from Freedom Alliance.]

[And now there's an update on the original post to which I linked. She ain't backing down.]

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