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January 8, 2008

Fox-hunting in New Hampshire
Posted by Teresa at 11:13 AM * 44 comments

I mentioned this video last night in one of the comment threads, but it’s such a cheery little election-year bonbon that everyone should see it.

From Cliff Schechter’s Brave New Films, via Daily Kos:

A smallish but energetic mob of furious New Hampshire conservatives chant “Fox News sucks!” while they chase Sean Hannity down a dark street.

Related link: John Scalzi’s recipe for Schadenfreude Pie.

Comments on Fox-hunting in New Hampshire:
#1 ::: David Dyer-Bennet ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 11:58 AM:

Abusing Fox news is always in order.

All the campaign signs I saw were for Ron Paul, which suggests that this event is much less surprising than it would have been if the protesters had been, you know, actual conservatives. (Instead of radically confused people, I think; Ron Paul is confusing.)

#2 ::: Martin Wisse ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:01 PM:

Why oh why is it that so often when Fox or some other institution that has been blatantly unfair towards the Democrats in particular and the left in general is finally given a piece of their own medicine, it's because they offended some wingnut group?

Not that harassing Sean Hannity this way, no matter how funny, is necessarily a productive thing to do, but it does seem at times that the Democratic left is content to remain polite and complaining, but not willing to risk anything.

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#3 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:51 PM:

I've now seen that clip three times. It just doesn't get old, does it?

#4 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:54 PM:

My cynical side notes that they were perfectly willing to accept "Fair and Balanced" as meaning that we got shut out; it's only when their darling boy got the same treatment that they got upset.

OTOH, that same cynical side also notes that, while the enemy of my enemy isn't necessarily my friend, they may still be my ally... at least for a while. And right now, we need all the allies we can get against Faux News.

#5 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:55 PM:

I expect to see some payroll additions at Fox News: a bunch of beefy guys named Vinnie.

#6 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:58 PM:

Things seem to be getting a bit to Old Testament for some people:

A trumpet to your lips, You who watch over the house of the LORD! Since they have violated my covenant, and sinned against my law,

While to me they cry out, "O, God of Israel, we know you!"

The men of Israel have thrown away what is good; the enemy shall pursue them.

They made kings, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction . . .

. . . When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind; The stalk of grain that forms no ear can yield no flour; Even if it could, strangers would swallow it.
Hosea, chapter 8, verses 1-4, 7. Seems appropriate, somehow.
#7 ::: Sean Sakamoto ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:59 PM:

It must have been very confusing for Hannity to be the one getting shouted at.

#8 ::: Paula Lieberman ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:02 PM:

Went to the link, tried to play it, and,
"We're sorry, this video is no longer available."

#9 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:11 PM:

#8: I'm hoping The Daily Show bought the rights to it.

#10 ::: Debbie ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:13 PM:

Paula Lieberman @8 -- if you can stand it, and/or are desperate enough, the video's available at Hannity's site.

#11 ::: John L ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:55 PM:

The link provided works just fine for me. I just played it again in fact.

#12 ::: Connie H. ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 02:46 PM:

Only the addition of some pitchforks and torches would make that perfect. Or maybe some handy tar and feathers?

#13 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 02:58 PM:

Claude Muncey at 6, good call. They are definitely reaping the whirlwind. *smile*

Martin Wisse at 2, why would it be unproductive to harass Sean Hannnity? It produces mirth and glee, and confusion to our enemies. Seems good to me.

#14 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 03:04 PM:

Lizzy, #13: My partner opines that part of the reason Huckabee's early success is so disturbing to the party elite is that he's not the guy who was supposed to be "God's candidate". They've spent 30 years building the Avengelical vote-delivery machine, and now suddenly it's not responding to its handlers.

#15 ::: Cynthia Wood ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 04:28 PM:

Yep. Who would have guessed that training masses of people to vote for whoever shouted "Praise Jesus!" loudest could ever possibly backfire?

#16 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 05:22 PM:

My one complaint is that Hannity didn't run far enough. To Antarctica, say.

#17 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 06:41 PM:

For info on the minor candidates beyond PO Boxes, see Minor Candidates. Yes, they even have substantive info on O. Savior (D) and Vermin 'Love' Supreme (R).

#18 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 06:44 PM:

Whoops, wrong thread. Well, at least it's about New Hampster.

#19 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 06:51 PM:

#16: What do you have against penguins?

#20 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 08:28 PM:

I want to cast Hannity as Wile E. Coyote, and then have Acme ship him the big anvil.

#21 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 09:19 PM:

Good idea, Bruce. Too bad there weren't any cliffs in Manchester that night.

#22 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 10:03 PM:

Ew, ew, ew, Fragano, please, no! *shudders* Keep it away from here. (#16)
And there's lots of nice wildlife & useful scientific work going on in Antarctica.

Do you think Easter Island would withstand Hannity? I believe that's the place furthest away from everywhere else inhabited, and they've already suffered catastrophic ecological failure from humanity. Maybe with a nice aid package of some sort for works & maintenance?

#23 ::: shadowsong ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 10:23 PM:

totally off topic: Mez @22, are you in Antartica? I have a firefighter friend at McMurdo.

#24 ::: Teresa Rogers ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 11:05 PM:

I went to Hannity's site for the video, and I feel dirty just looking at it for some reason. A couple of things caught my eye. First of all, the website is cringeworthy. Terrible design and obnoxious graphics. Second of all, there's a conservative dating service just for Hannity fans? Really?

#25 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 11:23 PM:

BTW, the NYT says Hilary 39%, Obama 36%. So it's not a huge victory (or loss) for either. The real loser is Edwards. Which is a shame.

#26 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 12:19 AM:

And one other point--how come Hannnnity chose to run? Coward, much? His crew finally unleashed a few choice words, once they were in the safety of the lobby (or at least the port-cochere and watchful eye of the staff) of the hotel. But not one single word in response to the loyal Paulites.

#27 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 12:25 AM:

I think Hannity should be shipped to Bikini Atoll. In fact, I think dropping him from a plane* would be a good idea.

*With a parachute. I'm not heartless.

#28 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 12:30 AM:

Teresa, #24: ...there's a conservative dating service just for Hannity fans?

That actually makes sense, in a very catty sort of way.

#29 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 12:41 AM:

Xopher @ 27: SOFTIE!!

#30 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 12:52 AM:

LMB 29: *tears up* I just want him to...die of radiation sickness. Is that so terrible? *sobs*

#31 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 01:05 AM:

shadowsong (#22) <turns head towards southern horizon, imagines reflection of summer midnight sun off snowpack into sky> no, I'm not physically there.

I do have a friend who works in the Antarctic Division Tassie HQ (photos not uploaded). One day I hope my health & finances will let me organize a trip to see some of it — it's the fifth-largest continent (14.4 million km² = 5.4 million mi²) and Australia the seventh (7.75 million km² = 2.99 million mi²), if you count Europe (10.2 million km² = 3.9 million mi²) as a separate continent, so I'm only aiming to see a small portion — and not have the boat catch fire & sink, or the plane smash into a volcanic peak.

Xopher (#27, 30) Do you think he'd like the flag? The motto is rather plangent.

#32 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 01:45 AM:

Mez writes at #31:

One day I hope my health & finances will let me organize a trip to see some of it — it's the fifth-largest continent...

Seems to me I recently saw that a talk by Brother Guy was recently placed online (rummage, rummage) ah, it's Real Player streaming video here.

Brother Guy on Ice
Presentation at Boskone 44. Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, PhD presents a slide show of his 1996 trip to Antarticia to search for meteorites. Brother Guy is an astronomer assigned to the Vatican Observatory. He is also the curator of the Vatican Meteorite Collection.

This is part of a large collection of video of panels and talks at SF cons, which I have yet to sample.

#33 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 01:56 AM:

Thanks, Bill. That looks like an interesting resource. I've seen some of the Imax films of Antarctica, too …

Working on one lung as Sydney heads towards a typical hot, humid summer, the idea of clean cool air (upwind of the rookeries) is refreshing.

#34 ::: Earl Cooley III ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 03:45 AM:

Too bad it couldn't have been a video of a bipartisan effort by Paulites and Obama supporters to run down both Hannity and O'Reilly.

#35 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 07:18 AM:

I think Hannity should be shipped to Bikini Atoll. In fact, I think dropping him from a plane* would be a good idea.

Bikini's not that bad these days, and the Castle Bravo test made it into one of the world's finest wreck diving sites, including the only divable aircraft carrier. (They moored a lot of surplus warships at various distances to see what happens to warships when you nuke them. Answer: as Halle Berry would say, same thing that happens to everything else.)

#36 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 07:39 AM:

Stefan Jones #16: Nothing. I'm just in favour of seeing what would happen if Hannity had to confront a walrus or two.

#37 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2008, 01:02 PM:

It's only a small part of my mind, but I'd love to see a race where it was Obama and Ron Paul, if only because Fox wouldn't have a horse in the race anymore.

#38 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: January 10, 2008, 04:01 PM:

And yet, eric, they will ALWAYS have plenty of horse's asses to go around...

#39 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 10, 2008, 04:38 PM:

ajay 35: Oh. I thought it was a) gone and b) radioactive. Live and learn.

Right then! Same plan, scratch the parachute!

#40 ::: old ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2008, 06:13 AM:

I would have liked to see a scene from Oh, Brother Where Art Thou where the crowd runs the guy out of the hall on a rail. I would like the same for all fake populists.

#41 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2008, 03:43 PM:

Mez (#22): Hmm, head full of rock? He'll fit right in....

#42 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2008, 05:16 PM:

old, #40: As 'feelgood' as it was, that sequence really pulled me out of the film, and disappointed me. It felt, from the history I thought I knew of the period, very anachronistic.

#43 ::: Craig R. ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2008, 08:13 PM:

I loved the parting shot from one of the Paul supporters "We're good Americans and you're not!"

#44 ::: NC Hanger ::: (view all by) ::: January 14, 2008, 07:12 PM:

Sorry, I'm behind on reading ML, but wanted to add this:

The story is even better than most sites and news media portray it -- the Paulites went into a restaurant on Elm Street in Manchester and started chanting around the Fox News team as they sat at a table having dinner; the news people fled, followed by the Paulites, as they chased them out of the restaurant and down the street, where the Fox people took refuge by ducking into the Center of NH, where the news media had their major setups and camps (and security guards at the door).

We locals loved it.

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