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Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity, Backs CAIR’s Condemnation of Gaza Killings

Russell-Brand-stillThe comedian rips apart the ignorance and inherent bias in Hannity's segment on Israel and Gaza

By Prachi Gupta, Salon

In his web series "The Trews," this week comedian Russell Brand watched "Hannity" so that you didn't have to, and ripped apart Fox News host Sean Hannity for extremely "childish" and biased coverage of the incredibly complicated Israel-Gaza conflict.

In response to a totally reasonable press release by the Council on American–Islamic Relations, which asked that American taxpayer funds not go towards killing innocent people in Gaza, Hannity wondered, "Why is America's largest Muslim so-called civil rights group showing sympathy to terrorists? Let's have a debate."

The debate, which is already not really a debate as Brand points out, then devolved into Hannity shouting at his guest from the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center, Yousef Munayyer. Munayyer was invited to offer his opinions, but Hannity was not interested in hearing them because they offered a more nuanced understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

"Sean's not interested in truth," Brand concluded, saying, "Hannity is only interested pushing a particular perspective." (Salon)

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