Hannity: 'Al Sharpton Network' Twisted My Words on Trayvon

Monday, 22 Jul 2013 11:03 PM

By Greg Richter

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Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity was making no apologies Monday for words he spoke on his radio show that drew fire from MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

"The left-wing so-called journalists, the Al Sharpton network didn't see my point -- decided to twist what I said," Hannity said on his Fox News Channel show.

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"It's not really worth responding to liberal Joe and his under 400,000 viewers or whatever he has," Hannity said. "His radio show failed, his TV show is failing. He's kind of sold his soul on a liberal network, and he attacks conservatives and he's used as a prop by his inside Washington pals to attack conservatives."

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, has hosted "Morning Joe" on the left-leaning cable channel since 2007.

Hannity's original comments came after President Barack Obama spoke to the press Friday, saying Trayvon Martin "could have been me 35 years ago," Hannity took to the airwaves to criticize him for injecting himself into the controversial murder case, which Hannity maintains has nothing to do with race.

In his radio comments, Hannity asked whether Obama was identifying with Martin because "he smoked pot and did a little blow" as a young man, and that "we know Trayvon had been smoking pot that night" when he confronted George Zimmerman, who shot him to death.

Scarborough, on "Morning Joe" Monday said Hannity's comments were "racially intolerant." Hannity said his comments were tongue-in-cheek.

"Whatever excuse there is, to say this young black man had it coming to him — that is the defense because there is no defense for shooting down a young black man in a middle-class neighborhood with Skittles," Scarborough said.

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Scarborough was referring to the candy that the unarmed 17-year-old had in his pocket when shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who thought Martin looked suspicious and began following him on a dark, rainy night.

Hannity denied the Scarborough's charge.

"I never said anything like that," he said.

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