Hannity Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Have the ‘Guts’ to Label Canadian Attack ‘Terrorism’


Towards the end of his coverage last night of yesterday’s deadly shooting outside Canadian Parliament, Fox News’ Sean Hannity decided to “compare and contrast” the reactions to the event by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.

Hannity commended Harper for “immediately” labeling the attack as “likely terror” and condemned Obama for “once again” being “reluctant and resistant” to do so.

Watch video below, via Fox News:

But more than six hours earlier, in his first public statement on the attack, President Obama said that the shooting “emphasizes the degree to which we have to remain vigilant when it comes to dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.”

Watch that video below, also via Fox News:

“At least the Canadian prime minister had the guts to identify it,” Hannity said at the end of his segment, without mentioning Obama’s statement. “And I think we ought to be doing it.”

“Yes, you’re 100 percent right,” Hannity’s “terrorism expert” Steve Emerson added. “Stephen Harper is to be commended as is [British Prime Minister] David Cameron. They both have condemned radical Islamic extremism and they both have spoken up for Western values, and that’s something our president hasn’t done.”

This idea that President Obama refuses to acknowledge the existence of Islamic terrorism has persisted for years despite copious evidence to the contrary. As Emerson implied, the Obama administration did stop using the term “Global War on Terror” to describe the various military operations against terrorist groups around the world in 2009, using the justification that it makes more sense to declare war on individual groups than a general tactic.

But contrary to what Mitt Romney asserted during his second debate with the president in 2012, Obama did use the term “act of terror” to describe the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya just one day after it occurred.

Since that moment, pundits like Hannity have kept a close eye on when President Obama does and does not use some form of the word “terrorism” to describe any and all acts of violence against Americans. In this case, Hannity was not looking closely enough.

UPDATE — 2:08 p.m. ET: Not to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh delivered a similar analysis on his radio show Thursday, calling Canada’s Harper “the kind of leader we used to have” in this country.

Unlike Hannity, Limbaugh did play an excerpt of Obama’s comments, but cut the president off before he reached the line about “dealing with these kinds of acts of senseless violence or terrorism.”

“The Canadians, they’re not pretending it isn’t terrorism,” Limbaugh said, calling the Obama administration’s response “ridiculous” in comparison. “Political correctness on parade there in the White House,” he concluded.

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