It seems radio and TV news personality Sean Hannity is being called on the carpet for good reason. One who has helped to inform us about the threat posed by Islamists says she’s become a victim of Hannity stating things over the air that only she revealed and Hannity failed to give her the credit she is due. The person is none other than Debbie Schlussel and rightfully she’s ticked. La Shawn Barber notes that Debbie has tried to address this issue with Sean Hannity in private to no avail.
What surprises me the most is a promise Ms. Schlussel says Hannity made to her.
The first night, Tuesday Night, I contacted Sean on his cellphone. He was, as usual, “too busy” and couldn’t be bothered to do the right thing. He admitted he knew he used my work uncredited, and I managed to get him to promise to have me on to discuss my original work, he said, “if we talk about this again on the show.” I also suggested having Al-Husainy, himself, on along with myself, since I’m only the single commentator who actually knows something–actually, a lot–about him. Sean promised that if they had the imam on, he and John Finley would have me on, too.
Last night on FoxNews program Hannity and Colmes, Sean Hannity had a one on one interview with Muslim Imam Husham al-Husainy. Schlussel has exposed the Imam via her own personal research as an enemy of America. Although while on FoxNews he was all smiles and proclaiming love for this nation. This Imam is being exposed because the Democrats have literally bowed their heads for him to pray over them. Robert Spencer has footage of that and a breakdown of the prayer, that was very much an Islamist rattle that many failed to decipher.
But back to Hannity. I noticed a very interesting comment on Schlussel’s blog by someone using the handle rkrugger, that mentions:
You think this is the first time he’s done something like this? I stopped listening to his “show” when he kept claiming he did “research” on a subject, and it turned out he was simply repeating stuff from blogs posted earlier, and he NEVER gave any credit to anyone.
This is the kind of thing that could sink Hannity. He’s obviously violating the hard work of others and even after being informed about it he appears to have nothing to say. Is it because Hannity wants to give the impression he’s a crack researcher? Is it because he does not want to be associated with the sources of his information? Whatever the reason, he’s misleading the public and obviously pulling some nice ratings because of it.
I know others who have turned their backs on Hannity for other reasons, but this is one issue he’s not going to be able to resolve with silence. He’s going to have to come clean and offer proper attribution. Debbie Schlussel is an attorney, not the kind of person you want to tick off.
Hannity professes good values, but it seems he’s not doing the right thing regarding this issue and this may be an issue he’s had for a long time. Every kid who has finished high school English classes knows you always credit your source when giving a report. Hannity is not even saying he got is information from “a blog”, but posing as if he digs it all up himself. Given Hannity has been notified and obviously made a false promise in response, I now see him as being less than honorable as a man.
Can’t say I’ll be able to tell you much about what is happening on his shows until this is cleared up. Obviously much of the information he brings to the table is found elsewhere anyway, so I don’t think any of us will miss much when not tuning into his show.
And it seems Hannity might not be the only FoxNews personality taking Debbie’s content without attribution.
In a comment on her blog she mentions:
AS FOR PIX, O’REILLY RIPPED OFF A PHOTO I HAD OF AL-ARIAN AND THE BUSHES FROM ME. O’REILLY’S PRODUCER–THE FORMER MS. FALAFEL, ANDREA MACKRIS–ASKED ME FOR THE PHOTO, AND WHEN I SAID NO (B/C O’REILLY WOULDN’T HAVE ME ON), THEY STOLE IT ANYWAY.
Come on guys, just be straight about where you get the stuff from. Personally I prefer to name the source and quote them, rather than deny the source some credit. Not to mention, if the source is cited any confusion can always be quickly cleared up.
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