Hannity Brags Of Influence Over Stephanopoulos: ‘I Suggested The Question’

Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity boasted of his success in influencing ABC News Chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos to ask Barack Obama a question about the Weather Underground in a recent debate.

After being lobbied by Hannity, Stephanopoulos asked Obama about his connections to William Ayers, a former member of the radical anti-Vietnam organization Weather Underground. “Now of course, the liberal blogs are losing their minds in part because I suggested the question to George Stephanopoulos Tuesday afternoon on my radio show,” Hannity proudly declared last night.

In an exchange with one of show’s guests — Democratic strategist Michael Brown — Hannity bragged of having written the talking points on the Ayers issue:

BROWN: Republicans clearly like this. Your friends clearly like this. You’re all reading from the same talking points sheet.

HANNITY: We actually wrote these points, Michael. Nice cheap shot.

BROWN: So you’re bragging that you wrote the points.

Watch it:

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The Los Angeles Times reports, “Stephanopoulos dismissed the idea that he was doing Hannity’s bidding. ‘The questions we asked were tough and fair and appropriate and relevant and what you would expect to be asked in a presidential debate at this point,’ he said. ‘The questions we asked…are being debated around the political world every day.’” Certainly in Hannity’s world.

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