And Then, Suddenly, We Were All Guilty by Association

On yesterday’s post-debate episode of Hannity and Colmes—Live From The Spin Room!—Sean and Alan hosted Obama communications director Robert Gibbs. And, since the subject came up, you know, so many times during the evening’s debate, Hannity apparently decided that the Gibbs-as-guest situation justified him asking about—mmm-hmm—William Ayers.

“How can you fight terrorism,” Hannity asked Obama-by-way-of-Gibbs, “when you give speeches with, you sit on a board with, Axelrod says you’re friendly with, and you never speak out against, William Ayers?”

Gibbs responded, an impish gleam in his eye, by asking Hannity of Obama: “So you think he’s guilty by association, right?”

Yes, was Hannity’s basic response. So, fighting his host for air time, Gibbs went on to bring up Andy Martin—he of “crooked, slimy Jew” fame, who guested on Hannity’s America on Sunday with epithetical results—in a noble but ultimately doomed attempt to convince Hannity of the error of his guilt-by-association logic. Spin-tastic hilarity ensues:

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.