CFN mailbag 

To the writers of Chicken Fried News:
First of all, I'm not a Sean Hannity fan. I've heard his radio show before, but have never even sat through a whole TV show of his. But I am a part of the Tea Party movement, and when I read your piece about his quote ("CFN Quote of the Week," April 7, 2010) calling us "Tim McVeigh wannabes," that caught my eye.

After doing just a minimal amount of research, I realized with some disillusionment, that someone there didn't bother to do their homework. Credibility may not be what you're aiming for in the Chicken Fried News section, but not doing your homework, or worse, purposefully trying to mislead your readers makes you even less credible than Hannity.

Is that really what you want? Or do you think your audience won't bother to check things out? Instead of looking for a "gotcha" moment, you might have noticed he was using the term "Tim McVeigh wannabes" sarcastically.

Here's a quote from Hannity's broadcast that puts things in proper perspective. You can find it on

"We've got veterans, we've got stay-at-home moms, people who really don't like the direction of the country. They're speaking out and they've been compared to terrorists, Tim McVeigh-wannabes. They've been called un-American. They've been called every name in the book. Now, the latest attack is that these people are violent."

And, hey, thanks for proving his point. Maybe I should start listening to him a little more.
One more thing: Are you seriously still using the "tea-baggers" term? It was funny when Jon Stewart did a bit on it over a year ago. Trust me, it's not cutting-edge anymore and lost its shock value a long time ago. Surely you can do better than that.
"Gail Claunts

CFN thanks Claunts for the letter. We have to point out that although Sean Hannity may, in fact, have been saying the comment sarcastically, we wonder if the crowd that started cheering took it as such.

The quote you've pointed out was from his radio program, not the TV program we quoted, and we agree that it sheds new light on Hannity's intentions, but not necessarily on his listeners.

As to the tea-bagging reference, we haven't matured much since about age 10.

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