September 30, 2009, - 4:12 pm

LIAR!: Under Fire, Sean Vannity Lies About Anti-Semitic Traficant Yom Kippur Episode

By Debbie Schlussel

Since I reported on it here, yesterday (and yes, I’ve listened to the tape), Sean Hannity has come under fire for his deliberate feature of an anti-Semitic ranting on his nationally-syndicated ABC radio show on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.


Sean Vannity Lies About Anti-Semitic Traficant Yom Kippur Interview

And he can’t take the heat.  So, like Whoopi Goldberg did today on “The View” (regarding her defense of Roman Polanski’s rape of a child), Sean Vannity–as allergic to mea culpas as Whoopi is–lied about it.

Because Vannity was coming under increasing fire, he got his slave/court Jew Mark Levin (Levin’s show is sold as a package with Sean’s and Levin owes his entire radio career to Vannity) to host his call-in to Levin’s show, last night.  And therein, he proceeded to lie about the outrageous forum he intentionally provided for Jim Traficant’s anti-Semitism that he provided on the holiest Jewish day of the  year.

Vannity told Levin–who, again, is Jewish and thus, lends the necessary kosher seal of approval–that he’s having Jim Traficant on his cable show “tonight” (last night), and that he was so disturbed by Traficant’s anti-Semitism on his radio show, that he had no idea about it.  Really?  That might be believable if 1) Traficant hadn’t been well known for his anti-Semitism; and 2) Vannity hadn’t asked him about Israel as one of the first questions in his live interview.

When a disgraced former Congressman from Ohio is fresh out of federal prison after serving time for convictions in bribery and having tax-paid Congressional staff perform improvements on his houseboat and farm, is Israel really one of the first things–or even the 576th thing–that you ask him about in an interview?  ONLY IF YOU KNOW THAT HE’S ANTI-ISRAEL AND ANTI-SEMITIC.

And Sean knew this, which is why he asked.  Otherwise, why did Sean Vannity ask him about Israel?  “Just ‘Cuz”?  If you believe that, I have a Vannity mansion in Long Island to sell you.  And if he was so disturbed by it, why did he have Traficant on his cable show, last night, and again ask him about Israel?  Because he knew the answer that would come.  Good cop, bad cop.  Both anti-Semites.  But one needs to hold onto his media empire, mansion, and private plane that makes some interesting stops in Bakersfield, California to meet up with a little somethin’ somethin’.

Vannity is desperate.  Glenn Beck is stealing the limelight from him.  He’s gaining in popularity and making news with his inane comments and stunts.  And Vannity needs to do something to get the attention back, so why not have on one of his favorite anti-Semites (he’s featured many on his show and given them a forum)?

Oh, and by the way, you’re also the princes of gullible if you believe Sean Vannity’s feigned outrage–during is Yom Kippur radio interview with Traficant–that he would say such anti-Semitic things on Yom Kippur.  Vannity knew it was Yom Kippur (as he noted the day and he’s in New York City, where everyone knows), and he knew to ask Traficant–as one of his first questions–about Israel on Yom Kippur.  Then, he’s shocked–“SHOCKED!”–when he gets the answer he knew he’d get and lets the guy go on and on about how the Jews set him up and sent him to prison.

Again, if you buy into that, not only are you an idiot, “You’re a Great American.”  And I mean that with the same sincerity that Sean Vannity does when he says it.

Hey, Sean, You’re a Great American Liar.

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46 Responses

As I previously said “unforgiveable” and “vile”. I’d like to add despicable. He’s a major CREEP.

goldenmike4393 on September 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    What happened to all of the Vannity defenders that commented here yesterday? Did they see the error of their ways, or did they die from Vannity’s Kool Aid?

    Jarhead on September 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Seems like one’s Judenhass is only an issue as an add-on to other transgressions….. if at all.

Traficant is hot property being fresh out of prison. He is speaking his mind in a fashion more like a convict than a politician. I’ll bet nobody on the Hanity team considered
Traficant’s past remarks about Jewish people.

SA: Uh, did you bother to read a single thing I wrote above? Clearly not. Why did Vannity ask Traficant about Israel (as one of his first and only questions), if he didn’t know a thing about Traficant’s anti-Semitism? Time to get a clue. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. And a couple other things: He’s NOT a hot property, except to Vannity and Greta on FOX News and some neo-Nazi radio shows that have given him a forum to repeatedly spew his anti-Semitism. His whole interview was an attack on the Jews. That’s why he was brought on the show. DS

Sam Adams on September 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm

“he got his slave/court Jew Mark Levin”

I enjoy and appreciate your hard work scholarship & humor. The line is a bit harsh but amusing (sorry Mark). Levin is earning his audience and giving Hannity access to Levin’s quality originalist legal scholarship.

Beck’s audience share prowess should be a concern throughout the FNC 8:00 to 11:00 PM time slot, especially if Beck’s numbers do not wane.

Keep up your great work & thanks!

Craigsolve on September 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I am shocked & Confused to read that Sean Hannity(er… Vannity) aired anti-Semitic comments on the air!!!

This is particularly shocking because” he is a Great American.” I know because eceryone who calls into his show tells him that he is & he always tells them that they are ” Great Americans “too. Maybe they were not so astute in their judgement of him??

Confused in COlumbus??

Phil B on September 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Its good to see Hannity being hoist on his own petard. He asked for it after all. It may turn out to be that “Jump The Shark” moment that defines his show’s future – or what’s left of it.

NormanF on September 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Debbie – how correct you are about Beck stealing the limelight from Vannity. Beck has had ratings close to Vannity for a while, but since September 18, Beck has been beating Vannity in the ratings. Perhaps Vannity will go even deeper into the gutter to get better ratings by getting guests such as David Duke, Whoopi, Roman Polanski or Charles Manson. Do you think he would call these scumbags Great Americans?

Jarhead on September 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

PhilB…. Hannity’s feigned shock is disingenuous. He knew Traficant’s background and views and could have checked. He didn’t… which makes him incompetent or if he cleared him, that means he privately agreed with what Traficant was ranting off at length about. Either way, it doesn’t look good for a “great American” – or his judgment.

NormanF on September 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Jarhead, Hannity must be getting desperate for ratings. As Debbie has said her whatever he does next wouldn’t surprise her. Its not like he’s an original thinker or even an entertainer. He’s no Rush Limbaugh.

NormanF on September 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Hannity is obviously insecure, and he is afraid of Beck. Note how he never mentions him. His insecurity may be his undoing. Although I suppose that if any of us rose to such heights on radio & TV, and at such a young age we might have a few “issues” of our own. Nevertheless he needs to be called out for his love of anti-Jewish/anti-Israel guests. Nobody does this better than Debbie!

What I don’t understand about him is how he can wax eloquently in support of Israel and still he continues to invite anti-Semites onto his shows.

BZ: It’s good cop, bad cop. As I’ve noted, he himself cannot get away with saying the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel stuff he really thinks, so he brings plenty of guests on his show who say it for him (Buchanan, Traficant, Zogby, etc.), and he can feign shock and anger and fool the ignorant, naive fools who continue to believe in his fakery.

Bill Z on September 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

rickster on September 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

That and as Debbie will remind y’all, he’s a shameless plagiarist as well a liar and someone who fakes being a conservative for a living. That’s why she mocks him as “Vannity.” Its really all about HIM.

NormanF on September 30, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I wasn’t aware of the tie-in between Vannity and Mark Levin.

If someone is really a good talk show host(ess) they may have a few guests here and there, but they really don’t need them if they know what they are doing. For instance, Rush has guests only very infrequently. If a talk-show host or hostess has guests it either means they don’t have the wherewithal to conduct a show without help, or, as you said, they agree with the agenda of their guests, as in this case.

Little Al on September 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Hannity is staunch Catholic…some real friends of the Jews.

Halibut on September 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    That is a silly comment! I know people who would not consider Sean a “staunch Catholic.”

    JulieJ on October 1, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Great hair and a Tooth Paste Smile . . .

I don’t remember, was I talking about Sean or John Edwards ?

Uncle Charlie on September 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Beck at 900 EST v/s 500pm . . . pull-eaze ?

Roger . . . how many folks don’t have TIVO ?
add on Beck’s cross-over audience, Superior Radio Program and Book Series . . . which Property is RED HOT, which one is Wayyyyy NOT !

Uncle Charlie on September 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Traficant is a typical ex-con. “I’m innocent, I was set up”.
Being the roue’ I am, I’m more interested in …”some interesting stops in Bakersfield, California to meet up with a little somethin’ somethin’”.

codekeyguy on September 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Interesting report. Thanks for the post.


Karl on September 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

For the record, Levin unequivocally called Traficant a detestable creep.

P: So what? Why didn’t he call him that before the set-up Sean-pandering phone call? Why didn’t this Sean tush-licker ask Vannity why he had him on the show? And why didn’t he confront Sean about having him on the show on Yom Kippur and asking him about Israel? Because he’s a Vannity ass-kisser whose show only exists because Vannity forces shows to carry it if they want Vannity’s show. Please learn to be a critical thinker. Naivete is only attractive on kids and strippers. DS

patrick on September 30, 2009 at 8:32 pm

You are absoultely right, Debbie. I’d really like to meet a naieve stripper some day. BTW once a long time a ago I was in a menz club for a bachelor party. One of the dancers approached me and asked if I was Jewish and then said she was too. I think I already told you this story, though.

A1 on September 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

You know, I was thinking about you when I caught the end of Hannity’s Traficant radio interview. I couldn’t figure out why Hannity had him on – Traficant’s a convicted felon who has nothing to offer anyone about anything. I was thinking, “Maybe Hannity’s using Traficant to show that he can stand up for Israel.” Then I thought, “Something else is going on here; Debbie’ll figure it out.” If Hannity was sincere, he would have dis-invited Traficant from the t.v. show after his offensive radio remarks.

Apropos of nothing other than the above comments about strippers: I’ve known a few strippers in my time. You guys really don’t want to get involved with strippers. There’s a reason they’re strippers, and it has nothing to do with sex . . . and it won’t be the sex you’ll be spending your time trying to deal with.

gmartinz on September 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Traficant used to be my congressman. No, I never voted for him. He’s an embarrassment who somehow kept getting re-elected with 80-90% of the vote. He was indicted several times for tax evasion but was acquitted. He took money from the mob as sheriff, admitted it, but said it was okay because he didn’t do anything in return. He was expelled from congress for being unethical and corrupt (I think only the second one since the Civil War) and served time in federal prison.

His old congressional district was broken up into three different districts to make sure he couldn’t get re-elected. He spoke at a tea party two hundred yards from my house. He is talking about running again for congress- I don’t think he can, what with the felony conviction- and could be elected if he’s eligible to run.

I’d never heard about antisemitism from him, but we focused on his corruption and his goofy antics (acted and talked like an old-time TV wrestler). I think I remember him once calling Capitol Hill ‘Israeli-occupied territory’, but I might be thinking of Buchanan, who used the line for certain. Still, I take your word for it. If Traficant said the sun was shining, I’d look out the window.

Orwellian on September 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    indeed! well said! I live in Ohio as well, I was just saying about the thought when Traf went to jail, I said along with others, “finally some peace and quiet”. and its no “LOL”. its true. its also a total sin on the jewish holy day, Hannity and Traf discussed what they did, as they did. Yeah, Sean sure did give Traf his precious “equal time” against Isreal.

    lindapolver on October 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

Here’s the bottom line…lawyers and talks show hosts follow one simple rule: YOU NEVER ASK A QUESTION TO WHICH YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER.

Stymie on October 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

Hannity was never a rocket scientist. Yet he often has good guests, so I record ths show, then view only the parts I want.

Hannity has often been crude in his selection of guests. Trafficant is a loser, and doesn’t deserve time.
Why would anyone believe a crook like Trafficant can credibly discuss Israel?

Likewise, Bill O’Reilly had Prof Mark Lamont Hill to discuss Iran. Does it get worse than this?

It’s like NPR asking Juan Williams what he thinks of almost everything. Williams is a ‘Mr Nice Guy”, but I am unaware of his expertise on anything.

Frank Zavisca on October 1, 2009 at 12:08 am

    The thing about Hannity is that he’s got a really, really good rhythm when speaking extemporaneously. No pauses, no “ums” or “ers.” He’s got stock touchstones he relies on but “riffs” real well in between . . . but he has NOTHING to say. There isn’t an original, creative thought in his mind, and there are a few disturbing ones. He’s got his stock group of guests he calls upon, including the unbelievably inaccurate Dick Morris, who couldn’t forecast a sunny day in Phoenix, Arizona if his life depended on it. And he cuts off anyone who challenges him, typically with the line, “Are you going to answer my question?” when Hannity hadn’t asked one yet. But, he’s a Great American . . . aren’t we all.

    gmartinz on October 1, 2009 at 12:41 am

I’ve been telling my friends about Hannity for years, about how he’s an intellectual lightweight and can’t debate. He can only ask loaded yes and no questions. What I really can’t stand is how he brags about being humble. It makes me sick as a conservative that this guy is the face of my political beliefs.

Debbie and others are the ones who put themselves out their to get information on Islamic Radicals and Leftists. Yet, this guy is the one who makes millions.

I’m now intrigued by this whole private plane to Bakersfield thing. He has Ainsley, the cute blonde on his show doing segments. He has young female producers and screeners on the radio show. So, I wouldn’t be surprised.

inmateprof on October 1, 2009 at 3:26 am

As I mentioned yesterday, Vannity’s show was weak in comparison to what Greta van Susteren did:

she gave Trafficante way more speaking time and allowed him to slime da Jooozzz like I never heard it before.

Knock Vannity all you want, but in this case he is a mere copy cat, which probably makes it worse. At least he offered up some rebuttals, but Greta (the twit) was totally befuddled and never took Trafficante to task.

Keep your powder dry!

S: Um, why do you think he had Traficant on and already knew about his anti-Semitism (but lied and claimed he didn’t)? Because Greta already had him on and let him spout. And Sean was well aware of that interview. Sean isn’t completely stupid. For the gazillionth time, he had to feign moral outrage to get away with putting this scumbag on and letting him spout his views. He didn’t take him to task. My powder is dry. DS

sheik yer'mami on October 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

Yes, I was quite bothered by that episode. He even made reference to ” touching on that on my radio show today” statement. He knew full well what he was going to say. I guess I do not understand the attention this guy is getting.

sharon on October 1, 2009 at 10:29 am

Traficant is a s*** stain on conservatives.

Not Ovenready on October 1, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I believe that Michael Savage totally banned Buchanan from his show yet the “Hitler didn’t want to go to war” guy is an honored guest on Hannity, O’Reilly and MSLSD. Yes, I hear a couple of people arguing against his dopey revisionist book, but the curtain should have been dropped on that guy years ago. I don’t get it. Oh, yes: and Monica Crowley has Buchanan on also. She is a Valley Girl. I think this is probably about ratings and plugging each other’s books. Boy, do I miss Steve Malzberg!

J: Monica Crowley is also a plagiarist, big-time, which is why she’s banned from the Wall Street Journal.
And it’s believed her books and Ph.D. thesis are similarly plagiarized and fabricated. She’s a complete fraud. DS

JulieJ on October 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Levin should be ashamed of himself. He is a real fool for doing it. It is a real shame that Levin gives Hannity all of the cover that he does. One of these days I predict that Levin will wake up with egg all over his face because of his constant defending and giving support to Hannity.

I still say that Hannity should be kicked off of the air. Just send an e-mail to and put in the the subject line that it is addressed to the President of Citadel Media; Jim Robinson. I already did that. But, Levin will one day get what is coming to him with all of his support of Hannity. Mark my words.

Flatbush Bubby on October 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm


There is NO WAY I was sticking up for Hannity, Levin or ESPECIALLY that @sshat Traficant.

My point is, in general, Anti-Semites are not held to task unless it suits someone’s talking points for that particular day. **And forgotten the next**

Sam Adams on October 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm

One great funny moment though: Hannity and Levin doubleteaming on Alec Baldwin when he was on a liberal’s radio show on WABC (I can’t remember the name of the host – he is from Staten Island and is actually a very nice guy). I thought I would bust my gut when Levin asked Baldwin if he was 50 or 60 pounds overweight and asked why Kim Bassinger had left him. Baldwin stormed off the show leaving the host saying, “Alec? Alec? Is he gone?”

J: The only thing funny about it is that they need two of them for one Alec Baldwin. That should tell you something. Vannity and Baldwin are no different, except that one dicovered he could make a lot of money by pretending he’s conservative. Both are ignorant blowhards with empty heads (though Baldwin is far smarter than Vannity) and they’re almost entirely alike, but for that Alec Baldwin is honest about what he really thinks. DS

JulieJ on October 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Hannity’s rv show is terrible. The format is awful. Just awful. It is almost unwatcheable.

JulieJ on October 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong.

A Jew owns Fox.
Jews produce NBC and MSNBC.

The idiot Buchanon is own MSNBC all the time. Can’t stand the scumbag.

So why do Jews allow him on?

Here’s why. Because they want conservatives to look bad on MSNBC.

As for Hannity? I have no clue what he’s doing. As most people pointed out, he truly has no debating skills. The only reason I tune into Fox is there is nowhere else to go! O’Reilly gets old as well. I read more now than anything to get information fast and free of bs banter.

As for being anti-semite. Debbie, can you list some other actions Hannity has taken in the past? Are you saying he is lying for his support of Israel? I’m not aware of Hannity as an anti-semite. If he is, why would Murdoch keep him on?

I do not listen to his radio show ever. But I agree, if he had this slug on, he knew what he was. My question is, was Sean trying to stir controversy? He does stupid things at times. He’s had Code Pink on, etc., all kinds of vile radicals and other anti-Israel guest that he shoots down hard.

I’ve never thought of Hannity as being against Israel. I need to see more information than this. I thought Hannity shot down the scum during his show.

I know he’s always raised the issue of Iran and other idiots who want to destroy Israel. That does not square with being anti-semite. Since you track this or know his history, please point out more. I may just be uninformed.

Joshua on October 2, 2009 at 4:59 am

After Traficant spouted off on the radio show, he should not have had him on his television show. As for Buchanan et al being guests, I think he and others like the controversy and they plug each other’s unreadable books. It took Michael Medved a while to finally come down hard on Buchanan in print but I recall their being guests on a tv show years ago and drooling over each other.

JulieJ on October 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

After you hosed both of them like this. I would not be surprised at a flame war happening.

Revnant dream on October 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

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Francis E Dec on May 24, 2010 at 6:31 am

Wow so Sean Hannity must kowtow to jews also? Sorry Jews have done more harm to the USA than any other racial group(sorry nigggas). Sean Hannity supports Israel so bash your fagggot billionaire jews that just destroyed the US housing market before Sean. And bash the fagggot jews in hollywood who promoted homosexuality and AIDS. And bash the marxist jew trash attorneys who defend muslim facists who base their religion on the teachings of the filthy talmud. And bash the feminist jew kunnts who love destroying the USA also. Anyway Debbie dont forget that marxist jews are only 2% of the population and so called rightist jews about 1%. Have a great night dont forget jesus comes soon and destroys all marxists and muslims ameen. That is all thanks!

Bob Jones Jr on July 12, 2010 at 10:36 pm

After reading the phrase “anti-Semitic, anti-Israel” repeated so often in these columns, I have to point out that Hannity, or anyone else of his ilk could easily be both anti-Semitic and emphatically pro-Israel. Many hard-core evangelicals and charismatic Catholics have a theological pro-Israel agenda, but hate Jews. If I were a fly on the wall in Rick Santorum’s house, I’d be listening intently for just such sentiments. If the KKK could support Marcus Garvey, why should the Bible-thumpers have any problem with Zionism? Of course, Hannity could just as easily be motivated by something more central to his core, ratings.

PCL on February 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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