Liberal media's hateful obsession with Sarah Palin

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 23, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And tonight, we are devoting an entire hour to a topic we have been covering very heavily on the show, and that is the hateful language of the left. Now, it's spewed by liberals day in and day out and the elite media, well, it gives it all a pass until, of course, it is a conservative who has a verbal slip. So, tonight, we will take a comprehensive look at just how rampant their liberal hate speech is. We will expose the hypocrisy of those who call for civil discourse but don't practice what they preach. And you also hear from the people who are ruthlessly and the relentlessly targeted by liberal haters and held up and ridiculed in news outlets that herald themselves as impartial and honest.

And that's what we begin tonight's special with the woman that is perhaps the most vilified and most targeted, that's former vice president candidate Sarah Palin. From her family to her appearance she has been called every name in the book. Let's take a look.


BILL MAHER, STAND-UP COMEDIAN, OCT. 3, 2008: I know why you are happy today. The good news is Sarah Palin can complete a sentence. (LAUGHTER)

I don't know, I'm old fashioned. I believe the vice president isn't supposed to sound like the host of "Romper Room."


CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST, "HARDBALL", MAY 7, 2011: I think she has proven herself to be profoundly stupid.

MAHER, JULY 11, 2011: I hope Sarah Palin gets in so that they split the MILF vote.

DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, "LATE NIGHT", JUNE 8, 2009: Number two, brought make-up at Bloomingdales to update her slutty flight attendant look.

MAHER, MARCH 18, 2011: Oh, speaking of dumb (bleep).


HANNITY: Now, I would like to say this is the worst of it but sadly it is not.

Joining me now to respond is Governor Palin, former governor of Alaska and Fox News contributor. Governor, good to see you. Thank you for being with us.

SARAH PALIN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Of course, Sean, thank you.

HANNITY: Let me as you a personal toll, because I'm going to get into some things involving your family that have been said about your kids and you and your looks. On every level you have been attacked. Does this take a personal toll? Does this impact your family?

PALIN: You know, when the attacks are against me politically especially it doesn't really bother me because I know what is really important and I know what truth is. But I do have to admit when the shots are taken at especially my youngest, my son, who has Down syndrome and others who have special needs in this wonderful country of ours, then those I do take personally. Those shots hurt and I sure wish that there was more that I could do about those attacks on the defenseless. I wish that I could defend them more.

HANNITY: You know, I think that is very well said, and I think any parent would understand this. And this is what makes, you know, this hypocrisy issue so transparent to me. And actually, I have to give a lot of credit to your daughter Bristol. Now, for example, Michelle Obama just showed up on the David Letterman program. And this is what he has said about your daughter.


LETTERMAN: One awkward moment though during the game. Maybe you heard about it, maybe you saw one of the highlight reels. One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game during the 7th inning her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.



HANNITY: Now, this is interesting. Why would the first lady, the week after the president, you know, lectures the country on civility and calls Sandra Fluke, why would she go on that program?

PALIN: Yes. You have a choice as to whether you will participate in the environment of the Lenos, and not necessarily Jay Leno, he has been relatively good, but the Lettermans and Bill Mahers, some of the ESPN sports network teams, even that have been are really ruthless against unwed teenage mothers and those with handicaps, and women and Christians and conservatives. You have a choice as to whether you will perpetuate what it is that they spew by being a participant or not.

And, you know, I choose not to. These guys who have asked me, these hosts of these programs who have asked me over and over again over the years if I would come on and be a guest and they promise to be fair and they still don't get it why I continue to say, no thank you. You know, I choose to participate in some healthier more productive venues and you have a choice whether you are going to be a participant or not.

HANNITY: You know, I bet you are very proud of your daughter Bristol. She wrote an open letter to the president, the headline of it was, "Mr. President, when should I expect your call," and she was talking about the Sandra Fluke issue. And when the president spoke out about this, he mentioned his daughters and your daughter said, you know what, your kids should be able to speak their minds and engage their culture. I look forward to seeing the good things that Maliah and Sasha end up doing.

But here is why I'm a little surprised my phone hasn't rung. Your $1 million donor Bill Maher has said reprehensible things about my family. He made fun of my brother because of his Down syndrome. He said, I was blanked so hard the baby fell out, and in a classy move, he did this while his producers put up the cover of my book which tells about the forgiveness and redemption that I found in God after my past public mistakes.

I read that and I'm thinking, this is a great point. Why hasn't -- why does the president lecture us about civility, talk about his own kids which I want to keep his kids out of it, they seem like great kids. And call Sandra Fluke and take a million dollars from Bill Maher who has said horrific things about you, about your family, about your daughter, about Rick Santorum's family, about Rick Santorum's kids. And, you know, why? How do we explain this?

PALIN: Yes. I was very proud of Bristol also for making those good points. She is a strong independent young woman who has taken full responsibility for her past actions that have resulted in kind of a premature ending of her adolescence and being thrust into adulthood as she is. Part of that is trying to hold others accountable when they really mercilessly attack others as Bill Maher did and here the president just, so you know, so proudly accepts a million, dollars dirty money from Bill Maher. But Bristol wrote that letter I think a bit tongue in cheek knowing that of course, the president would never, you know, apologize to the other side of the aisle if you will, because he has a track record of that, and I think Bristol understands, too, that even with Bill Maher now with this a bit of a nebulous apology or a ceasefire call.

HANNITY: It wasn't an apology. No, he wants the freedom to keep doing it. He wants this, basically is saying, I won't attack anybody but we can all use this horrible language. I don't care about Bill Maher. I'm not going to boycott HBO, but it is the left that wants to silence talk radio. And it's the left that has selected moral outraging, your daughter actually referred to this, she said that the president seems only willing to defend certain women that he is willing to take a moral stand when you know your liberal supporters stand behind you. I wonder if Rush donated a million dollars to a Super PAC if Rush would have a pass to say anything he wants.

PALIN: Well, that goes back to the point I was going to make about Bill Maher's quasi ceasefire call. Bristol understands too that the repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy when that repentance has just done for and allowance, continued allowance to do what they have done in the past and they want, you know, kind of a free ticket to keep on writing. It is ridiculous. I think though too what we have seen from the top, from our president on down kind of the point that Bristol was trying to make in calling out the president and the hypocrisy there on the left is our own president mocking children and adults with special needs as he referred mockingly on a late night talk show about, you know, acting goofy like those in the Special Olympics. You know, that was kind of a hurtful thing for the heart of our country and I don't think the president ever apologized for that. He has got very selective ways of showing compassion and feeling America's pain. Bristol I think was just kind of pointing out some of that and I think it was very effective the way she did it.

HANNITY: We've got to roll but I think the best line in your daughter's open letter to the president when he said that if Maher talked about the president's daughters the way that he talked about her and you and your family that he would return his dirty money and the Secret Service would probably have to restrain him. I think that is dead on accurate.

PALIN: Yes. That is dead on accurate. Yes.

HANNITY: Governor, I appreciate you being with us. One of the things I admired the most about you is you have taken all these hits and you keep standing up for what you believe in and you don't retreat. So, thanks for being with us.

PALIN: Sean, one other thing though when it comes to our president and what he focuses on and who he apologizes to and who he wants to provide, say, benefits to. You have to ask yourself if he were in a position as other families were in raising a child with special needs, if he were in a position of maybe having served in the United States military or had a spouse or loved one, a child who would serve in the military, would he be cutting their benefits and the troop numbers and equipment that they need? All those things that many of us in every day average American life, those things that we live through and deal with because of the president's policies, you wonder if he were in our shoes, would he make the same decisions and say the same things that he is saying today?

HANNITY: All right. Governor, as always I think you answered your own question. Thank you for being with us and we appreciate it.

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