This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," February 13, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: On the campaign trail, the liberal media protected their presidential candidate, Barack Obama. Well, now that he's in the White House, a New York Times blog has taken the Obama love affair to a whole new level.
Now in the blog, so-called journalist Judith Warner writes — folks, these are her words. Very important. "The other night, I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom," she writes, "to shave my legs."
Now, Miss Warner says that she had heard from other women whose dreams went even further. She writes, "Many women — not too surprisingly — were dreaming about sex with the president. In these dreams, the women replaced Michelle."
Somebody who knows a lot about the media's infatuation with Mr. Obama is Bernie Goldberg, and he writes all about it in his new best-seller, "A Slobbering Love Affair: The True and Pathetic Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media," which by the way, would make a great Valentine's Day gift for any one of you who may have a slobbering love affair with somebody.
Bernie — all right, look...
BERNIE GOLDBERG, AUTHOR, "A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR": Hey, Sean.
HANNITY: We've talked about Stephanopoulos crying and his wife crying. I define Obamamania: the euphoric feeling of omnipotent ecstasy at the sight of the messiah.
A New York Times blog. Help me out, Bernie. Tell me this didn't happen.
GOLDBERG: No, it happened. It happened, I'm sorry to say. Look, the slobbering love affair never, ever ends. First, we had Chris Matthews, who had a thrill running up his leg when he heard Barack Obama speak.
Then we had Newsweek — then we had Newsweek that said Barack Obama is tall and handsome and blessed — blessed — with a wavy baritone.
Then, we had page one of The Washington Post, talking about Barack Obama's body that said the sun glinted off chiseled pectorals, right? Now we have this. Now we have the New York Times.
HANNITY: It's a laugh.
GOLDBERG: Once upon a time — once upon a time it was, "I am woman. Hear me roar."
GOLDBERG: Now it's, "I am liberal woman. Watch me behave like a giggling schoolgirl at a Jonas Brothers concert."
HANNITY: Yes. That's one way to put it.
Look, Bernie, if it weren't so serious — I mean, for example, we have been covering, even tonight, this stimulus bill, which is the single biggest transfer of the economy, from the public sector to the government. We're now moving towards socialism. We're there.
And there's nobody in the media that is telling the American people what's in the bill. Congressmen and senators this very day are voting for a bill that they haven't even read, and this is the type of treatment that he gets. And I get beaten up. And you're getting beaten up.
HANNITY: For daring to raise simple journalistic questions.
GOLDBERG: Exactly. What — you see, you started to say, "This would be funny, but..."
HANNITY: That's it.
GOLDBERG: That's exactly the point. This stuff would be hilarious, except we have a trillion or thereabouts so-called stimulus bill. And what happens if — what happens if it turns out to be one great, big, trillion-dollar boondoggle? All of the people who fell in love with Barack Obama are the journalists who fell in love with him, are they suddenly going to behave like grown-up journalists and tell us that, or are likely going to blame the Republicans for everything that went wrong?
I think it's that. I think that's...
HANNITY: I agree with all of what you said here. But you know, Bernie, I don't think I overstated the case, and I said it often — and maybe now with this case, who would have ever thought — and I call it the New York Obama Times, Obamamania.
Who would have ever thought that a New York Times blog writer would talk about having sex, soliciting commentary on other women dreaming of having sex with the president and their fantasies laid out before the world. I really actually think that there are people that think he is the messiah, but on the other side, journalism is dead, Bernie. It died.
GOLDBERG: I know, I know. Listen, if liberal women want to embarrass themselves with this schoolgirl kind of stuff, that's their business. But this is a blog on The New York Times Web page. This is The New York Times.
I mean, journalism is dead. That's one way to put it. I said it's a slobbering love affair. But we're talking about the exact same thing. This — I have never in my life, and I have followed this for a while now.
This isn't like the liberal media rooting for Michael Dukakis or John Kerry. This is different. They have turned this politician from Chicago into St. Barack, into a deity, into a messiah. And if we find out that the messiah can't walk on water, the people are going to turn on him. And then the media is going to be left to make a big decision.
HANNITY: All right. Here's...
GOLDBERG: Do they side with the people, or do they continue to cover for him?
HANNITY: Wait. Well, this is interesting, because do they really turn on him? And I'll tell you why I have my doubts, because I noticed throughout life the hardest words for people to say are "I'm sorry" and "I'm wrong." So once their egos have been invested in supporting him and defending him or protecting him and moving this candidacy forward and helping them get elected, how do they ever admit that they were wrong and that they failed?
GOLDBERG: That's a very good point. In this book, "A Slobbering Love Affair," our friend, Rush Limbaugh, and do an interview with him. And Rush says the media may, in fact, have made Barack Obama too big to fail. He may be too big historically important to fail. That's a real serious problem.
HANNITY: What a problem that is. Socialism has never worked, Bernie. You know, we learned, in the 9/11 Commission report, a pre-9/11 mentality which I think we're heading back to doesn't work.
All right. Thank you, Bernie. Congrats on the book. We appreciate you being with us. Thank you very much.
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