1,387 Days Later, Hannity Insists Waterboarding Isn’t Torture, Still Won’t Try It Himself

Fox News's Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity is still insisting that waterboarding isn’t torture, just days after ThinkProgress confronted him about his 2009 pledge to be waterboarded for charity, a promise the Fox News host has yet to follow through with.

When ThinkProgress’s Scott Keyes asked about the 2009 pledge on his radio show last week, Hannity got a little agitated. “Here I am bringing you on the program and give you an opportunity to give your pretty radical left-wing point of view, that’s kind of the way you treat me,” Hannity said, later calling Keyes on the telephone to complain about the question.

But Hannity isn’t backing down, at least from his contention that waterboarding isn’t torture. The issue came up during an interview on Thursday with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):

HANNITY: Last question, you’re against enhanced interrogation and you and I had a disagreement on that.

GRAHAM: I’m against torture.

HANNITY: I don’t believe the three people water-boarded were torture, not to digress.


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There’s bipartisan consensus that waterboarding is torture. A large majority of Americans think it’s torture. The U.S. military has no use for waterboarding and the practice is illegal under international law.

But if Hannity continues to insist waterboarding isn’t torture, why won’t he follow through on his pledge to be waterboarded for charity?