NEW YORK -- Still bruised from his dismantling at the hands of Russell Brand, Murdoch manservant Sean Hannity turned his unlettered form of journalism onto the riots in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, berating Democratic politician Patricia Bynes for suggesting that the St Louis suburb had for years been blighted by incidents of police brutality, racism and racial profiling.
The entire segment, which lasted around four minutes, featured the Fox News host asking Bynes, "Were you there? Were you at the shooting? Then you don’t know." His follow up assertion began with the words, "Let me educate you about the legal system in America".
The TV segment on Ferguson follows on from this rather wonderful soliloquy broadcast one of Hannity's recent radio shows:
When a cop pulls me over, I put my hands outside of the car. If I’m carrying a weapon, which I’m licensed to carry in New York, the first thing I tell the police officer is, 'Officer, I want you to know I have a legal firearm in the car.' First thing I say to the officer! He’ll ask, 'where is it?' And I’ll say, 'It’s in my holster.' And he says, ‘Alright, just keep your hands outside.’ That’s usually the protocol. And then, ‘Can I have your license and registration, please, move slowly.' And I often would even step out of the car, lift my shirt up so he can see where the gun is. And you handle it. ‘Yes, sir,’ 'no, sir,’ writes me a ticket, 'thank you, sir,’ and that’s it. You battle the issue in court!
Hannity waltzed with controversy last month by shouting at a Palestinian-American guest, "Is Hamas a terrorist organisation? What part of this can't you get through your thick head?" while the ongoing spat with British comedian Brand has proved hugely entertaining for viewers on both sides of the Atlantic.