Exclusive: Ed Asner's bizarre response to role in propaganda cartoon

Michelle Malkin weighs in


This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," December 5, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: On last night's program, we showed you a propaganda cartoon put out by the California Teachers Union, which was the federation of teachers demonizing wealthy Americans for their success. Look at this.


ED ASNER, ACTOR: Over time rich people decided they weren't rich enough, so they came up with ways to get richer. The first way was through tax cuts. They didn't mind that this meant fewer services for everyone. They said, "Why should I care about other non-rich people? "Ordinary people wondered why rich people needed so much money, the one percent said, "Don't worry. This is good for you, too because it will trickle down from us to you."


HANNITY: Urinating on people. So do you recognize the voice narrating that cartoon? Well, that is none other than radical left-wing Hollywood actor Ed Asner. One of our producers confronted him outside the New York City Theater where he is currently performing, and asked him about his role in this disgusting hip piece.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember the video? Do you know what I'm talking about?

ASNER: I don't remember a thing I said on it or a word I said on it, but I agreed to do it for California teachers. I approve this message.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. I think the most controversial part the people are talking about it, there's a part they're talking about where things trickling down and they have like rich people peeing on poor people.

ASNER: How disgusting. It should be reversed.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you don't remember --

ASNER: Do you have any money?


ASNER: Can I piss on you?


HANNITY: Pretty classy, Mr. Asner. I guess it's true there's really no business like show business. Joining me now with reaction to all of this, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, Michelle Malkin.

What do you make of that?

MICHELLE MALKIN, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST AND AUTHOR: Well, our old friend or rather foe, Ed Asner, I remember way back several years ago when he threatened you, Sean. Do you remember this? He was an anti-free speech thug and a 9/11 Truther inside job conspiracy theorist, a proud card carrying member of the Democratic socialists of America and a militant wealth basher his entire life.

I think that he needs to be held responsible. I love how he doesn't remember a word of what he said in this script. How could he not? It was very, very memorable. Very damning, I think.

But it's the teachers union, it's the California Federation of Teachers that really needs to be called to the carpet. It's not just the taxpayers and parents who are sending their kids to school in California that need to be up in arms about this. I know that there are so many decent, hard working teachers out there who are right thinking who abhor the message that is being subsidized with their taxes and also with their dues that are being confiscated by these big labor big business organizations.

HANNITY: Here's the scary part. I'm not making a comparison. If you look, it is dehumanizing people to such an extent that basically saying successful people --and it lies about almost everything -- that they're evil, that they're bad, that --

MALKIN: Of course.

HANNITY: To me, this could have a really negative effect, and when did we become a country that does this? I never viewed that -- go ahead.

MALKIN: The problem is that this kind of radicalization has been mainstreamed and has been calcified in government schools for decades, and it's an area where the conservative movement really needs to fight and fight hard. All of this belly aching and naval gazing after the election about what we should do. It goes way beyond improving the voter registration system and the ballot counting and all of that of the Republican Party apparatus. This goes to the local and state level. We need Tea Party people -- and I know they're out there, that are working very hard to take over school boards and to get involved with curricular form.

I met with folks here in Colorado Springs who are working on this right now because the A-B-Cs of education now are A for agitation, B for brain washing, and C for capitalism bashing. We've seen it for decades. You've got Howard Zen material that's championed by Matt Damon.

This axis is so powerful that we on the right need to unite and join against. You've got this axis of Hollywood culture, social media, big labor, and the entire teacher organization infrastructure. That is what we have to fight against.

Look. We need to expose these teachers unions. This organization, CFT rakes in $21 million a year. You want to talk about paying taxes and your fair share? They're a tax-exempt 501-C5 organization. Where is Ed Asner's rage about their escaping and evading their fair share of taxes? I don't hear it.

Also, let's have a balance. If they're going to show this in the California classrooms, how about an eight-minute video narrated by Clint Eastwood or my favorite right thinking actor Adam Baldwin, that exposes the truth about occupy and the teachers alliance?

They have to make up this urinating image? Well, you've got occupiers who have been pooping on police cars. Show that to the school kids.

HANNITY: Well said. Michelle Malkin, great points. Thank you for being with us.

MALKIN: You bet, take care.

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