Why Are Media So Determined to Crush Herman Cain's Campaign?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 9, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: The media firestorm surrounding Herman Cain continues to escalate tonight as there is now word that at least two of his accusers will come together and hold a joint press conference to discuss, quote, "the specifics of their allegations." Now, the attorney for Karen Kraushaar made that announcement earlier today.


JOE BENNETT, CAIN ACCUSER ATTORNEY: Last night, Gloria Allred agreed to do a joint press conference with her client. My client has agreed to do a press conference. We are going to reach out to the other women who have made it known that they were sexually harassed by Mr. Cain later today.

My client and I believe that it would be helpful to the public in judging this matter to see as many of the women as possible together and hear the specifics.


HANNITY: Now meanwhile, new details have emerged about Joe Bennett's client. Now, according to the AP, just three years after Kraushaar's allege incident with Herman Cain took place, she complained about a manager at her next job. That's as Herman Cain continues to unequivocally deny any and all allegations of inappropriate behavior. Members of the media remain undeterred in their efforts to crush his campaign's momentum. In recent days, many of their attacks have taken on racial overtones.

Joining me now with reaction to this disturbing trend, our Niger Innis, from the Congress of Racial Equality. He is by the way, a friend of Herman Cain and as is Dr. Alveda King, a Gospel of Life associate, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So, good to see you. How are you?

ALVEDA KING, HERMAN CAIN SUPPORTER: It's great to see you, Sean.

HANNITY: I'm so glad you could be here. You know, first of all, there was a debate earlier tonight on CNBC. They went after Herman Cain's character and a question, questioning his character for being president. The crowd universally booed and then they asked Mitt Romney. And they said, well, you used to run corporations, would you hire Herman Cain? Booed again. Then they used the phrase -- well, let's get back to the economy. The crowd cheers. What does that tell you?

KING: Wow. Well, I am not surprised. Because Herman Cain continues to show himself to be a leader. He's the first that brought a wonderful plan, 9-9-9, that is a good-looking solution to America's economic problems. And so, everybody else scrambled after he put his plan on the table. But America looked into that plan and said, there is hope for us here. The 9-0-9, even helping those who may be a little less fortunate than some of us right now. But he has a plan, definitely to bring everybody else on line for good quality of life. And that is what America wants to hear.

HANNITY: All right. Niger, I want to play for you -- because there is a question, even before these allegations came up, the most vicious, vile, hurtful, hateful things were being said about Herman Cain. Now, I have a theory, I will give it to you when you get back, this is before these allegations, things said in the media about Herman Cain.


CORNEL WEST, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, CNN/OCT. 10: I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe.

HARRY BELAFONTE, SINGER, HLN/OCT. 14: Herman Cain is the latest incarnation of what is totally false to the needs of our community and the needs of our nation. I think he's a bad apple.

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, TALK SHOW HOST, MSNBC/OCT. 12: He seems willing to say anything in order to curry white favor.

MARTIN BASHIR, NBC NEWS ANCHOR, MSNBC/OCT. 7: The people that he needs to win over in order to win a primary, those people do not want to hear from a black man who's aggressive, assertive, angry. They want to hear from a man who is assimilated, calm, measured.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, MSNBC/OCT. 28: I think he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass. I think they like him because they think he's a black man who knows his place.


HANNITY: A black man who knows his place, curry white favor, bad apple, symbolic crack pipe, before the allegations came up. Why is Herman Cain such a threat to liberal America?

NIGER INNIS, HERMAN CAIN SUPPORTER: Well, that's an excellent question. He is a threat to liberal America in the very same way that Marco Rubio, who is a Latino conservative, is a threat to liberal America and to the establishment of the Democratic Party, not Democrats, but the establishment of the Democratic Party, in the same way that Sarah Palin was a threat. And in all three cases, what you saw was not a debate on the issues, not a debate on their ideology or their policies, like 9-9-9, which Alveda brilliantly said, just totally changed the discussion and dominated the discussion around having comprehensive tax reform.

They went to character assassination. And the reason is this, Sean, that Herman Cain as a black conservative, Marco Rubio as a Latino conservative, Sarah Palin as a conservative that is a woman, is an existential threat to the psychology of victimization that holds the liberal establishment and the Democratic Party establishment together. If Herman Cain -- Herman Cain is Clarence Thomas on steroids. Because what they always say about Clarence Thomas is that, he was appointed. Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, brilliant leaders at their time, were appointed. Herman Cain is getting votes. He is out there getting -- this is tapping into the will of the American people. They are afraid of him.

HANNITY: They're afraid because it destroys the narrative, a false lie that has been advanced for years, that conservatives are racist. It shakes this to its core.

All right. Now, Alveda, let me throw this to you, your uncle.

KING: Yes. Martin Luther King.

HANNITY: All right. Martin Luther King, Jr. talked about a colorblind society, judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, words that resonate with people of good will around the world. Right? These are the examples of the outrageous rhetoric. This is just one network. NBC -- I wonder if Brian Williams is proud of his network. One network and the things they have said since these allegations came up.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN, MSNBC/NOV. 7: We are going to see how open the GOP is to this -- their new black friend when they find out that he is harassing blonde women, as opposed to black women. That sort of thing a black sexuality, predatory black sexuality.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, MSNBC/NOV. 7: Look, I think it will be interesting to see if these guys rally around Herman Cain with as much ferocity as they have over the last couple of weeks, now that it's clear to raise point, that a whole other layer of the black sexually has been infused into this...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN, MSNBC/NOV. 7: It's very jarring for the GOP -- for anybody, I think, to see a black man be sexually aggressive in an unwanted way toward -- especially a blonde white woman.

ANN CURRY, CO-HOST, "TODAY", NBC/NOV. 9: Does the party now wish he would just go away?

DAVID GREGORY, NBC NEWS: Well, there is no, you know, grand wizard in the party right now who can really force the issue.


HANNITY: New black friend, grand wizard, predatory black sexuality. Alveda, what's your reaction?

KING: You know, what it's really jarring to this establishment, to the liberal, you know, establishment -- what they are seeing is a man who says, to all Americans, including African-Americans, I want to give you an opportunity. I want to help you fish, rather than give you fish sticks. I know that America can be better for all of you. I have a plan that will help us to all prosper.

And so, what is happening with the liberal establishment, they have to resort to gossip, you know, just making all these false accusations because they cannot deal with the heavy, wonderful platform that Herman Cain is giving. Then, you know, it's a race, I mean, it's a racial issue. Why do they have to point out that these are blonde women? I mean, they are just women. I mean, what's the issue with the skin color of the women? Where is that issue coming from?

HANNITY: Well, that's a good point. I want to give you a chance, Niger.

INNIS: Well, yes, on the one hand, there is no question that the assassins, the attempted assassins of Herman Cain definitely did bring this up on the table because it does conjure up that old bug-a-boo, a black man in that stereotype. What they did not realize though, is they underestimated the decency of the American people. They underestimated the Tea Party revolution that took place and the citizens' revolution that took place and the support that they have given to Herman Cain.

You know, I have gotten calls, Alveda, I know has gotten calls from black, brown, white conservatives, Tea Party members , constitutional conservatives, some of them support other candidates, not all of them support Herman Cain, but they know what is going on here. And I wish establishment-types like Karl Rove and others would realize, would follow the lead of the grass roots. They know what is going on here. They know that this is not just an attack on Herman Cain. This is an attack on the entire conservative movement.

KING: This is the civil wrong leaders, helping to try to do character assassination. Herman Cain is still very steady, very focused, moving right ahead, not attacking his accusers, but just continuing to tell the truth.

HANNITY: You know, thank you, both. And Niger, I know you changed your schedule around to be with us.

INNIS: Thank you, Sean.

HANNITY: Alveda, it's so good to see you. You know when I was in Atlanta that I got to know Miss Hosea Williams the most, who was friends with your uncle. And I got to know Andy Young and Maynard Jackson, and Joe Lowry and John Lewis. I mean, we didn't agree politically, but I admire all of them and your uncle greatly. And I am honored to have you here.

KING: I love all those same folks and, you know.

HANNITY: I know, but they are wrong politically. I got to work on --

KING: Yes, but you know, civil wrong, they need to become civil rights leaders for real.

HANNITY: All right. God bless. Thanks for being here.

KING: Thank you.

HANNITY: I appreciate it

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