by Chris Haire
When it comes to Jack Hunter, City Paper writer and Morning Buzz commentator, there are a few things that most folks already know.
One, he likes professional wrestling.
Two, he plays guitar in Dante's Camero.
Three, he has a predilection for wearing tight pants.
Four, he spends two and a half hours a day talking about Ron Paul. (And that doesn't take into account the four hours he spends thinking about the Texas Congressman.)
OK. I jest. Jack only talks about Ron Paul for one hour a day and thinks about him for two, which truth be told, is far less than both you and I.
Now, there are some things about Jack that you may not know. I could list all of those things, but I won't. I will just let you know the one thing about the Southern Avenger that you absolutely have to know: Jack Hunter and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf are one and the same.
Whew. I feel better. I'm glad I finally got that off my chest.
What's that you say? You want proof? Well here goes:
As you know, Rauf is the guy behind the so-called Ground Zero mosque. Not surprisingly, Sean Hannity doesn't like him.
On his Monday afternoon radio show, Hannity played an audiotape of Rauf, one which Sean believes proves just how anti-American the imam is. Oh. And racist too. (We'll get to that later.)
The funny thing is, the main point that Hannity offers as an example of Rauf's virulent anti-Americanism is more or less the same point that the City Paper's own Jack Hunter has been saying for years now and most recently in this week's column: Namely that the United States has killed more innocent Muslims than Al Qaeda has killed innocent Americans.
As both Jack and the imam point out, the United States is responsible for the deaths of 500,000 children in Iraq, as the result of sanctions the U.S. imposed on that Middle Eastern nation. And the United States' intrusion into Middle Eastern affairs has played a significant role in the rise of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda as well as anti-American sentiment in the region.
Now, for both Jack and Rauf, this simple stat — that 500,000 innocents died as the result of American actions — is proof that the U.S. has blood on its hands too. But for Hannity, to point out this fact is to commit chicken hawk heresy. It is a challenge to Hannity unchallengeable worldview, and as such, it must be wrong. (Something that I'm not. I don't know about you, but I believe I have successfully shown that the Southern Avenger and the imam are one and the same person. You can argue with me all you like, but it would be a waste of time and energy. I will not budge.)
Below is the clip which forced Hannity to get all huffy and puffy. (The clip is available on Hannity's site.)
And it's worth listening to all the way to the end when Rauf dares to bring up the N-word. It's a moment that caused Hannity to get violently verklempt. Why? When Dr. Laura used the N-word, she was criticized, but when this radical imam uses it, the media ignores it. Or so Hannity's rant goes, ignoring the context of both Rauf's and Dr. Laura's comments. Enjoy.