Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Savage vs Hannity

Rush Limbaugh once scored some points with me when he accurately pointed out that the person Bill O’Reilly most resembles in life is Ted Baxter. Now Michael Savage is doing much the same thing, rightly calling Sean Hannity the shallow political hack that he is.

It seems as though Savage also has beef with Levin’s good friend Sean Hannity, mostly on the grounds that the Fox News host is a “fake conservative.” On his Monday evening show, Savage took to bashing Hannity for what he believes is the cable news host’s desire to go to war with Syria.

“Some of the so-called conservatives are in favor of American men dying,” Savage began. “For example… Sean Hannity — who is known to be one of the, let us say, most shallow men in the America media, who gives conservatism its reputation of being shallow — back in 2012, called for war in Syria.”

Reacting to the old Fox clip in which Hannity decried the “prescription for disaster” seen in Syria now that the regime has the capabilities to use chemical weapons, Savage said: “You’re like a bad pharmacist. And if anyone takes your pill, they’re liable to get poisoned rather than cured. Because what you’re doing there is putting out so many ideas that are fraudulent that it gives true conservatives a bad name.”

I suspect this reflects the long split on the right between the paleo-cons, who tend to be isolationist, and the neo-cons, who can be counted on to lead the cheering for any war that anyone suggests. But I don’t really care, I just find it funny.

13 comments on this post.
  1. matty1:

    I suspect you could make the argument that neocons are fake conservatives or rather not conservatives at all using a traditional Burkean type of conservatism as a standard.

    The traditional conservative is suspicious of new ideas especially those that offer radical social change and it is hard to imagine a position further from this than the view that whole nations can be remade by military action.

    Of course I’m given to understand that in America the word conservative has been redefined by experience from “standing astride history shouting stop” to “believing that reality will go away if you shout at it”.

  2. Michael Heath:

    Sean Hannity is best defined not by noting whether he’s a conservative or not, but instead by the fact he’s a dumb uneducated partisan. However, the fact so many conservatives behave like Sean Hannity does say a lot about conservatives.

  3. dingojack:

    So is “No True Conservative’ the new ‘No True Scotsman’?
    :) Dingo

  4. tynk:

    @1 matty1

    in America the word conservative has been redefined by experience from “standing astride history shouting stop” to “believing that reality will go away if you shout at it”.

    This is a wonderful accounting of the change that has occurred.

    Of course the main issue is not that conservatism has changed, it’s that conservatism has been stolen and is being used as a tool of the corrupt wealthy. It has nothing to do with slowing down progress for the leaders, it is all about acquiring the most power for themselves and limiting others ability to acquire their own.

    It is essentially a free market version of warlord politics.

  5. shallit:

    Ted Baxter was essentially a good-hearted airhead. Can anybody really say that O’Reilly is good-hearted? Of course he isn’t — he’s just a nasty bully.

  6. d.c.wilson:

    Hannity is a party-line hack. If a republican were caught eating a baby, he’d do an entire segment on the health benefits of baby-flesh. There isl literally nothing a republican could that he would not defend. Savage, on the other hand is an idealog who is about two degrees away from Alex Jones on the conspiracy nutbar spectrum. So this is just the case of a true believer attacking a party loyalist.

    BTW, I always thought O’Reilly was more like Frank Burns than Ted Baxter.

  7. coffeehound:

    BTW, I always thought O’Reilly was more like Frank Burns than Ted Baxter.

    Perfect. Same dull committment to self above others, same obliviousness to his own stupidity…..and I could see Frank pulling the loofa thing…

  8. timgueguen:

    So, which one is Col. Flagg? Jerry Boykin maybe?

  9. Modusoperandi:

    d.c.wilson “Hannity is a party-line hack. If a republican were caught eating a baby, he’d do an entire segment on the health benefits of baby-flesh.”
    Now you’re just being ridiculous. He would not. He’d blame it on Obamacare.

  10. Ouabache:

    I listen to Michael Savage for a laugh every once in awhile and this isn’t really a big surprise to me. He insults Hannity, Rush and O’Reilly all the time. It’d probably be easier to list the people that he doesn’t insult on a regular basis.

  11. abb3w:

    I prefer the term Xenocons and Jingocons, myself; less standard, but more descriptive.

  12. Dr X:

    @abb3w:

    I prefer the term Xenocons and Jingocons, myself; less standard, but more descriptive.

    How about Genghiscons?

  13. Larry:

    How about Genghiscons?

    General: Con-an, what is good in life?

    Con-an: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

    General: Yes, that is good!

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