Media Slobber Over Obama's Birthday

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," August 5, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Media Mash," our weekly opportunity to expose the mainstream media's liberal bias. Joining me now to discuss this week's most outrageous examples is the president of the Media Research Center. Brent Bozell is back.

Brent, good to see you.


HANNITY: Well, it's the president's birthday. By the way, happy birthday.

BOZELL: Happy birthday.

HANNITY: But the media, you know, they had to play it up pretty big. Let's roll this tape.


ROBIN ROBERTS, CO-HOST, "GMA": The president of the United States is celebrating his 49th birthday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's the president's birthday, and apparently, he's been feeling his age.

It was just 18 months ago that the vibrant 47-year-old took the oath.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The months grow, and so does the grays.

HARRY SMITH, CO-HOST, "THE EARLY SHOW": We interviewed him on Friday. He came bounding into the interview area, full of energy. That's the most telling thing. He really is grayer. Without question, grayer.

And in terms of energy and sort of lines on the face or any of that other kind of stuff, at least overtly looks like he's still got it together.

ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC  CORRESPONDENT: He's celebrating by himself in Chicago. Home alone and the kids are away. First lady is in Spain, of course, with one of -- her younger daughter, and the older daughter is off in summer camp. Seems a little bit -- a little sad to the president.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The president flying solo tonight, heading to Chicago to spend his 49th birthday as a bachelor, with only first dog Bo to keep him company.


HANNITY: Aww, the poor president, all alone, only the first puppy going along with him. I'm thinking, I'm surprised nobody suggested Mount Rushmore.

BOZELL: You know, Sean, two points on this. Number one is George Bush also went gray after 9/11. But I don't remember anybody talking about his birthdays.

Secondly, you know what else happened on Obama's birthday, that no one in the press reported? And you tell me which story is more important, the fact that he's getting gray hairs or that in the state of Missouri, the voters of Missouri absolutely crushed, clobbered, massacred his Obamacare program by 71-29 percent. What's more important?

HANNITY: Now -- a great point. And we did highlight that here on this program. You're right. The media, for the most part, a large part, ignored it.

I do find it interesting. The president has been on a little bit of a media offensive. You know, he's been asked tough questions by Joy Behar about Lindsay Lohan and Snooki, and then he got this really tough question. I've got to give -- I've got to give Harry Smith his due. This is a tough one.


SMITH (voiceover): President Obama was in the Motor City to toot his own horn to tell the story that, without his leadership, things would be worse.

OBAMA: U.S. automakers have added 50,000 jobs since last June. The strongest job growth in more than 10 years in the auto industry.

SMITH (on camera): Do you feel sometimes that your administration is not given the credit it deserves?



HANNITY: Don't you deserve more credit? I mean, you're doing so good. Don't you think you need more credit, Mr. President?

BOZELL: You know, this wah wah whining has got to stop.

What they're saying is that the media aren't pro-Obama enough. This is really -- look, the Obama people have got the political defibulators out. He's at 41 percent in the polls. George Bush didn't get this low until the second term after Katrina, after that catastrophe. This -- they're in an absolute freefall.

So what are they doing? First they go to "The View" and then they go to Harry Smith. It's a likely progression.

HANNITY: All right. Interesting thing also happened. Anthony Weiner has a big fight on the House floor with Peter King. And Diane Sawyer characterizes this anti-GOP rant as -- she describes as epitomizing the nation's frustration.

Look at this.


DIANE SAWYER, HOST: Every now and then someone seems to express the nation's frustration with the endless wrangling and delay in Congress. And we thought you might like to hear New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.

He wanted a vote last night on a $7.4 billion bill, aid for the sick police and firemen who have -- helped race to Ground Zero to rescue people.

REP. ANTHONY WIENER, D-N.Y.: He is wrong! The gentleman is wrong! The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing. It's Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes. It is a shame. A shame!


HANNITY: You go against the GOP. That's what the nation is frustrated about.

BOZELL: Let's speak about shame for a second. Shame on Diane Sawyer. I have never seen such shilling in my life. She knows full well what's going on. She knows full well that that hypocrite Weiner has every vote he needs to pass that bill. The Democrats completely control the House. They could have pass that just like that.

What they wanted was the Republicans on board because they knew it was a bad bill. It's another one of those unfunded mandates, entitlement programs. And they know they're going to have to pay the price for it. That's why they went to Republicans, and the Republicans correctly are saying no to that. That's what's going on. They could have passed this any time they wanted to. And you showed that on your radio show.

HANNITY: Now, we've got to give credit to ABC on the other hand. Because as Obama affirms the end of combat in Iraq, ABC only gave proper credit. NBC, CBS skip how Obama opposed the surge in the first place. Roll this.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Obama reached this milestone in large part because of the final actions of the last administration. Just before leaving office, President Bush sent an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq and extended the tours of many more. A move then-Senator Obama opposed.

OBAMA: I cannot in good conscience support this escalation. It's a policy that's already been tried and a policy that has failed.


HANNITY: You'd think CBS and NBC would think that is an important part of the story, Brent.

BOZELL: Well, you know, good for ABC on this one. They did report what the other networks refused to report.

Look, the American people, the networks and the media are asking this question: Why isn't he getting the credit? It's because he was militantly opposed to that which led to victory, and he's on the record for it. And the American people know this, and they remember this. And you've got Vice President Pinocchio out here right now saying that Iraq is going to be one of the great achievements of this administration.

The public is starting to see through this. They're starting to see that there's an awful lot of -- in a real way this administration is turning into a joke, and there are many in the media that are covering for them.

HANNITY: All right. Brent Bozell, good to see you. We'll have more next week. I appreciate it.

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