Remember way back in 2009 when Sean Hannity said that waterboarding isn’t torture and he agreed, live on national television, to be waterboarded for charity? Nine years later, he’s still a big fan of torture, and of new nominee to be CIA Director, Gina Haspel — and he still hasn’t been waterboarded.
He’s been defending torture, telling his audience, “We can’t have evil exist in this world without doing something to counter it. And if it means that terrorists caught on the battlefield are forced to answer questions, well, sadly that’s what you have to do because you are dealing with evil.” Typically dishonest framing by Hannity, of course, as if the only options were “doing nothing” and torture. But more importantly, as Media Matters points out, he still won’t follow through on his agreement to be waterboarded:
That was almost nine years ago, and Hannity still has not been waterboarded, but not for lack of trying. Keith Olbermann, then an MSNBC host, tried to get Hannity to live up to his promise by pledging $1,000 to charity for every second of torture Hannity could endure. Four years after his initial promise, ThinkProgress called into his radio show to ask when he was going to follow through, and Hannity snapped at the reporter for being rude. “Here I am, nice enough to bring you on the program and give you an opportunity to give your pretty radical left-wing point of view,” he said, “and that’s kind of — you know what — the way you treat me.”
Oh, the feigned outrage! It’s just so unfair of someone to ask you if you plan on following through on what you promised to do in front of millions of people. He will not tolerate such rudeness from you liberal, leftist commie pinko bastards! You know, like Christopher Hitchens, who initially was skeptical that waterboarding was torture but who had the courage to submit to it and quickly changed his mind. Hannity doesn’t have one ounce of such courage. He was just talking a bunch of crap on TV and got caught up in it, but can’t just come out and admit that. But we all know, Sean. We all know.