Sean Hannity demands apology from Al Sharpton for overheated racial rhetoric

July 30, 2013

By: Joe Newby

Sean Hannity demands Al Sharpton apologize for comments made by guest.
Sean Hannity demands Al Sharpton apologize for comments made by guest.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity demanded an apology from activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton after Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a guest on Sharpton’s radio program, called him and Bill O’Reilly “professional assassins of African Americans,” Fox News Insider reported Monday.

“He’s calling me a professional paid assassin of African Americans? I want an apology,” Hannity told Michael Hardy of the National Action Network.

Hardy said Sharpton did not make the statements, but Hannity countered, saying Sharpton did not have to let the comment go unanswered.

Sharpton also accused conservative talkers of not wanting an honest discussion about race since George Zimmerman was found not guilty iin the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

“The right-wing spin machine doesn’t want an honest conversation. They’re trying to distort the truth and rewrite history,” Sharpton declared on MSNBC.

But Hannity indicated that it was Sharpton rewriting history, saying he has had numerous honest conversations about race with Sharpton and has offered internships at Fox for “kids that [Sharpton] thought were needing an opportunity.”

Hardy said the two men would be constantly apologizing if they were held accountable for things said by guests.

“If Reverend Sharpton demanded an apology of everyone that may have been a guest on your show that said something outrageous about him, you guys would be apologizing to each other every day,” Hardy said.

Hannity is not the only Fox host apparently fed up with Sharpton’s race-baiting and false charges.

On Monday, Bill O’Reilly urged Sharpton and others to “stop maligning the country and face up to a huge problem that is directly harming millions, primarily in the African American community.”

O’Reilly ended his “Talking Points Memo” with a clip of Sharpton accusing him of saying Martin was shot because he was born out of wedlock, even though he wasn’t.

“That’s ridiculous, right,” Sharpton said in the clip.

“Ridiculous – you bet, Al. Your day is done,” O’Reilly said.

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