Cenk Uyger could kick Sean Hannity’s ass. And Bill Maher if he wants some. And also probably George Zimmerman, Rick Scott, and Ann Coulter. Sadly, it’s likely he means the assertion only metaphorically — in regard to a live debate on Israel.
On this episode of The Young Turks, Cenk and the gang unleash their terrorist-loving fury on Sean Hannity, following an “interview” with Israli-born Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the Washington, D.C. based Jerusalem Fund and its educational think-tank the Palestine Center. The Palestine Center (est. 1991) focuses mainly on educating the public on the goings on in the Middle East, in particular issues regarding Palestine, serving as a venue for Palestinian and Arab scholars. Which, obviously, means it’s a terrorist organization.
Obvious, that is, to Sean Hannity, who spent much of the “interview” attempting to badger Yousef into agreeing with him that Hamas was a terrorist organization, point-blank, end of story. When Yousef attempted to answer the question in a way that implied situational subtlety, Hannity said he had a “thick head,” and berated him for a black or (preferably) white answer. When he didn’t get it, Hannity cut the mic.
You can see the results for yourself in the video, and Cenk’s perspective on Hannity following.
Cenk, speaking of Hannity cutting the mic: “‘So, if don’t give the answer that I want, you had your chance, you didn’t give me what I wanted. So, goodbye! I’m not actually going to let you make your points here, I’m not going to bring you on to have a conversation with you. I’m here to yell at you, try to get you angry and say you’re a sympathizer of terrorists. That’s all. and if you don’t play along with that, goodbye.'”
Uyger then went on to put the word “terrorism” and the concept of incurring civilian casualties in its proper historical context, mentioning that any nation involved in WWII might easily be put in the same boat as Hamas. And that includes the United States, with special note of two atomic bombs and the burning of Dresden, Germany. “These days, everybody’s enemy is a ‘terrorist.‘”
When the question of debating Hannity came up among the other panelists, Cenk mentions that he was banned from Fox News. And then goes into a slightly more pointed message to Sean Hannity. somehow, even Bill Maher gets caught in the (ahem) crossfire.
“Then [Hannity] will do the usual badgering, but I’ll badger right back at him, and then he’ll cut my mic. So yeah, sure, I’ll go. I don’t give a shit. Good luck to you Sean. that guy’s a big blockhead. I mean, he has no logic, he has no rationality. It’s super-easy to dismiss him…look, I’m not going to ask to be on his show. If he wants to have me on, great, I’ll kick his ass all day long.”
When the other panelists suggested starting a Twitter campaign, Cenk took the opportunity to rub some salt in Fox’s recent wounds. “I don’t need to be on his show. Our show’s bigger than his show. He should come on this show.” But, of course, that’s unlikely. “If he doesn’t have the power to cut your mic, do you think that pussy could ever dare to get in a real debate where he doesn’t control mics?”
When another panelist suggested Bill Maher’s show as a kind of neutral ground, Cenk spared no whips for Bill Maher, general political ally but ardent supporter of Israel’s actions against Hamas.
“I’ll take ’em both on. Bill Maher and Sean Hannity on the issue of Israel? Come and get it. You want to do it on this show, you want to do it on Maher’s show? You want to consider him neutral even though he’s with the right-wing government of Israel…no problem. I’ll go on Bill Maher’s program and kick Sean Hannity’s ass left and right. And if Bill wants to jump in, I’ll kick his ass, too.”