I Never Thought I’d Say This — Sean Hannity Admits Huge Mistake, Does the Right Thing

sean-hannitySome of you may have heard about an incident a few days ago where Sean Hannity called the “Obamacare” hotline to ask a few questions about the healthcare law.  Well, the woman who was unfortunate enough to take his call (which he publicly broadcast) was fired for speaking with Mr. Hannity.

Granted, she did her job, but he also goaded her further for comments she probably shouldn’t have disclosed.  That’s entirely on him and was irresponsible on his part, though I don’t believe for a minute he was trying to get her fired.  But that’s exactly what ended up happening.

In a pathetic display by the HR department behind the Marketplace website, the woman Hannity spoke with was promptly escorted to their office soon after their exchange and fired.  For what reason, exactly?  Well, “contact with the media” is apparently not allowed.

Okay, I can understand that.  These people are there for consumer questions and help signing up, not to waste time talking to the media about the website.  If someone working there goes out of their way to talk to the media, I could see why they would be fired.  I’ve worked for retail stores that made me sign agreements not to talk about things I would hear or see while working there.

But this women didn’t “contact” the media, the media contacted her.  I’m sure at the time she had no idea what she was getting herself into, and was clearly led into the back and forth by Mr. Hannity.

And while I despise the man, again, I don’t believe it was his intention to get the woman in trouble.  He was just trying to prove a point, and it ended up costing this poor woman her job.

And it was his fault.  He probably should have known that he was risking the job of whoever ended up on the other end of that line.  But again, I don’t think he did it with the intention of getting the person fired and I believe that the reason they fired her was complete garbage.

Here comes the unprecedented part — upon hearing this news Sean Hannity actually did the right thing.  He pledged to donate a year’s salary for what the woman would have made at the job ($26,000) and pledged to help her find another job.

Which I’ll applaud him for doing.  At least he owned up to the actions which ended up costing this woman her job.  While it doesn’t absolve him from the fact that his aggressive attempt to embarrass President Obama and “Obamacare supporters” did cost someone their job, I’ll at least give credit where credit is due and say Hannity admitted his mistake, and he seems to be doing the right thing.

But the fact of the matter is, she should have never been fired in the first place.  There’s a difference between “contact with the media” and being blatantly used as a prop for a right-wing media figure.

So, it doesn’t happen often but I commend Sean Hannity for admitting he made a huge mistake, owning up to it and doing the right thing by helping this woman out.  Let’s hope he actually follows through with everything he promised.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Devil_Dinosaur

    I’ve worked in call-centers, and the job security is nil. You can be fired for almost anything. You’re completely replaceable.

  • Sam

    the other fact of the matter is that being paid $26,000 for this job is a joke. How come all low tier white collar jobs that 40 years ago you could support yourself on now pay like crap?

    • William Carr

      Reagan. The Reagan Revolution sabotaged Unions, pay levels in America for the Middle Class froze solid, and Inflation means we actually get paid LESS now.

      • Wally Balls

        No, unions sabotaged unions.

      • William Carr

        Really.

        Then when the Republicans championed “Free Trade”, and started investing overseas where labor is dirt cheap and people live off rice and seaweed, that had nothing to do with wages being lost here?

        When Mitt Romney started taking over businesses, dismantling them and shipping them overseas, that had nothing to do with job losses in America?

        But you think UNIONS caused all that?

        Because… Unions do what they’re supposed to do, and negotiate at the bargaining table with employers ?

        Because… Unions bargained for the 40 hour workweek, fair pay, sick leave, all the stuff that made the Middle Class strong… that’s what “sabotaged” them?

        Anti-Union partisans love to “blame the victim”… as if Unions should have knelt down and begged the manufacturers to cut their wages and earned benefits, but not to go to Japan and then China and India.

        It wouldn’t have worked anyway.

        And the result; lower wages in America, stagnation in the Economy, would have happened just the same if it HAD worked.

        But this way, it would be us stabbing ourselves in the back, rather than the 1% doing it TO us.

        A little background. When the American Millionaires realized they could make more money investing in Japan and then selling the products back to Americans, they jumped at the chance.

        Japan’s Economy began booming, the Millionaires got richer, and America began to decline.

        Eventually, the standard of living in Japan increased and people started wanting benefits and good pay.

        So the Millionaires abandoned them and moved on to China.

        Billionaires by now, they continue to sell Chinese crap to Americans, draining more and more wealth from America, wealth that was built up by thirty years of Prosperity when American Unions were strong and people got paid good wages.

        That money’s pretty much gone, now. I remember when Middle Class people could afford a boat, two cars, a vacation cabin they’d go to twice a year for campouts…

        No longer.

        And American businesses have suffered because people can’t afford those things any more.

        But YOU think Unions negotiating for good pay caused all this.

        How simple your mind is.

      • Maria Champion

        William Carr you are so right! Thank you!

      • Trevor Pladginet

        How about the auto workers who wouldn’t allow the manufacturers to expand robots in manufacturing so the manufacturers went to Mexico and built their plants. There is enough blame to go around to both sides. The result is that the US is falling like the Roman Empire and all you idiots want to do is blame each other. You don’t seem to want to attract business back to the US. Blame, blame, blame if that makes you feel better. Unfortunately that kind of behavior doesn’t do anything to create jobs. And, of course, we have the pillar of job creation in office now and what is he doing to correct what you blame others for? Absolutely nothing. The only job you can create from the golf course is a caddy job, and he has created many of those.

      • ShannonA

        LOL!! Golf? Seriously? That has nothing to do with POTUS having to deal with blatant, planned obstructionism by the GOP, which is the primary reason why the recovery has been slow. Golf has nothing to do with it, and LAWS are passed by Congress. THEY need to come up with a Jobs Bill and pass it, instead of wasting millions of taxpayer dollars trying to repeal a duly passed and vetted law the EVEY legitimate assessment including CBO and other has proven will save money, if implemented properly. “Golf”? *snort* Turn off Rush, or whatever hysterical, diversionary BS you’re listening to.

      • strayaway

        The (un)ACA is sort of a jobs bill. We have hired thousands of navigators to explain it, IRS agents to police it, and built out a huge website worth every bit of the $300m spent employing otherwise incompetent administrators and programmers.

      • Jason

        The only problem with your premise is the IRS doesn’t have agents to police it, because they can’t really do anything to enforce it other than garnish wages.

        Furthermore, who is explaining it? If there were thousands of people being paid to explain it properly, Fox News would be out of business when everyone started laughing at their tinfoil hats.

      • strayaway

        California for example, will be getting $643M to hire 23,000 “navigators’ to help people sign up. At least 2,100 IRS employees will be hired to police and enforce (un)ACA provisions. Everyone has to enroll in an insurance plan and the IRS will check on compliance. Penalties will be assessed to those not in compliance (a police power). This entire scheme will financially fail if everyone doesn’t sign up. All the navigators and IRS agents cost money to hire and do not heal one person. They are overhead.

      • Jason

        I find that un in front amusing. It demonstrates an incomplete understanding of the effects of the act. I’m willing to bet you haven’t even visited an exchange yet to see if there are better options out there for you.

        Furthermore, the IRS is hiring people to help with the tabulation of tax credits, which means they’re being hired to help people save money. That’s not really a problem that I can tell.

        They are overhead. Less than 20 billion in overhead through all 50 states. From what I can tell, that’s not too bad. The military wastes more than that in a month.

      • Ann Hartley

        And remember how we liked Ike and his one looong golf game!

      • Jay

        There is a big difference between blame and looking for causes. An autopsy is performed to explain what happened to the deceased. When the executives who make decisions to built plants, finance operations and establish budgets point to the assembly line workers as the source of all the company’s woes, it doesn’t make much sense. The US has adopted policies which facilitate the exporting of manufacturing jobs to locations where our people cannot compete with local wages. No American can live on $1.00 an hour, as do many people in Asia.

      • BdoMcGregor

        So bring the jobs back by lowering the minimum wage so that workers can work even less in jobs that don’t meet their basic needs?

        How about you conservative jokers actually realize that we need investments in education, healthcare, etc you know..HUMAN CAPITAL in order to be a great nation again and not a plutocracy.

        Tell me how someone going bankrupt from using the emergency room as their health care helps America? Or how crushing student debt helps America? Or how slave wages helps America?

        “Take a risk and start a job” Ok old Economy Steven, if i was a kid in a low income neighborhood with shitty schools and unable to afford college, how exactly am I supposed to get the capital and education needed to start my own business?

      • That Guy

        Go ask somebody if they want their house painted. When they say yes, ask for 50% down and use the money they give you to buy your paintbrush, ladder, and paint…

        Need education to be able to paint a house? Stand outside Home Depot until a painter pulls up and asks if you’d like some work…

      • Marcy Horner

        And without a contractor’s license, bond and insurance you’ll find yourself fined – and more. Why? Because too many greedy fly-by-night “contractors” have ripped off too many seniors so that if you want to paint houses now, you have to prove you are legit – also, using cash deposits paid for work, to purchase equipment that will be used on another job, may also get you in trouble with the law- especially if you can’t finish a job for some reason, but you’ve already accepted the deposit and spent the money …. starting a business takes more that just asking someone if they want their house painted. Real Life takes more capital, planning, and creds.

      • That Guy

        1. You don’t need a license to paint homes in many counties and states. There are only fines if you live in one of those counties or states, and it’s laughably easy to get a license anyways if required. You merely show up and pay a fee…

        Also, there are many illegals who paint homes in this country every day who don’t even have a driver’s license, if you want to play the “Real Life” card…

        2. Who said anything about using the 50% down to purchase equipment that will be used on another job?

        You’re not going to get into trouble with the law for buying a paint brush, paint, and a ladder with deposit money.

        3. Insurance for painting up to 3 story homes costs less than $100 a month, and you can add $25 to $50 for any workers you hire.

        What’s laughable is your ignorance in spite of you preaching “real life takes more capital, planning, and creds” as if it isn’t possible to do exactly what I said to do exactly how I outlined it.

        P.S. Many “licensed and bonded” contractors are nothing more than salesmen who find work for people who aren’t ambitious enough to find it for themselves. These contractors don’t actually do the work. Instead, they go down to the Home Depot and load up their van with a bunch of Mexicans or put an ad on Craigslist (when a client insists on no illegals). That’s “real life” for you.

      • Brian Heston

        So your answer to the increasingly technological age we live in, in which you even need schooling to work on cars and refrigerators, is to paint houses? To find people who paint houses and ask them if they need help painting houses? I don’t know if you haven’t noticed, but we don’t live in 1940 anymore. This nonsense that people are lazy and don’t want to work is just more horseshit fed to you by opinionated morons on television. The education crisis is a real crisis. The sort of knowledge and education you need to do 90 percent of the jobs in this world is far more complex and involved than our grandparents, parents, and even we had to do. Telling people to paint houses in this day and age if they want a sustainable livable career is asinine. You may as well tell them to open a carriage repair business in Times Square.

      • That Guy

        There were 195,331 painting and wall covering contractors who generated $13,067,298,000 in income, according to the 2010 US Census. Let’s not forget those figures don’t include illegals and those working under the table.

        Still stand by your comments?

        Besides, painting was just an example. Find something you’re able to do well and offer your services. There’s no need to wait for somebody to hire you if you’re unemployed. Even removing viruses from computers is a service that can be sold if you put your mind to it…

      • Brian Heston

        You solved it! Hey everyone, if you can’t find a job and your kids are hungry, just start a painting business or clean viruses from computers (even though you can basically buy programs for that or paint your own house). But there you have it, it’s easy. There is no employment problem. There is not educational institution problem. Just think of something and make it a business. Hey, people like pizza. Start baking pizza in your oven and become like Papa John. People like lemonade, grow some lemon trees and start your own brand. Simple, all very simple. It doesn’t matter that in most areas, contractors struggle to find clients, or that most new businesses fail within a year, or that school systems in poor areas are so bad off, that kids come out of them without even the most basic skills to survive in the modern world. None of that matters, because it’s simple.

      • That Guy

        No, you solved it! Hey, if you can’t find a job and your kids are hungry, do absolutely nothing because there’s no way you can possibly sell yourself and your abilities to anybody. Don’t even think about being an entrepreneur.

        It doesn’t matter that there are people who would rather pay somebody to paint their homes than do it themselves, or that there are people who have computer viruses that have to be removed manually and don’t want to take the time to learn how to do it themselves.

        Don’t even try! It’s useless.

        P.S. Papa John started off with only $1600 and spent it on a broom closet and the equipment he needed to convert it into a kitchen.

      • Brian Heston

        Actually I don’t have children. You see what I was doing was trying put myself in someone else’s shoes. That’s called empathy, and when you have empathy, you begin understanding that the problems of the world aren’t black and white. You begin to realize that millions of people living under the poverty line, the crisis of hungry children in the country, and the complete destruction of the middle class over the last forty years isn’t simply lazy people who don’t want to work. It’s bigger than that. The idea of starting your own painting business is laughable. Your statistic only says that at this moment in time there are 195000 people in a population of millions who are managing to make a living by painting. It doesn’t tell you where they live, how long they have had those businesses, how many others tried to start such a business and weren’t able to find enough clientele to keep it going, and it most definitely does not tell you if painting businesses are on the upswing or downswing. In other words, to use the lingo of the righties, how many painters can the market hold? My thinking is, not very many, because most people do not hire people to paint their houses anymore. Now, office complexes, government buildings, and other public places will, but if you know anything about many areas, you will not get such contracts unless you are in a union and licensed. Ultimately, I am not saying people shouldn’t get any job they please, I am basically saying that such a thing is the answer to the unemployment is absurd. And I have no computer expertise whatsoever, and I manage to clean viruses and spyware from my computer just fine because of all the many programs you can buy to take care of such issues. You want to simplify the issue, be my guess. But you tell your kids to paint houses, while Indian, European, and Chinese kids are getting great educations and kicking the crap out of us technologically, which means they will run the economy of the future. But, maybe you’re right after all. With all those well educated Chinese, European, and Indian kids, there will be plenty of houses to paint in the future.

      • That Guy

        I never said you had children. I have empathy for those who are out of work in this economy. I never claimed the destruction of the middle class hasn’t been orchestrated by the government and the corporations who control it.

        Does that mean we should give up when we’re out of work, or should we do whatever we can think of to make a living, whether it’s in a technology field or not?

        Besides, if you want me to tell people to get a technological education, I can point them directly to the Internet, to websites such as codecademy, udacity, and edx, where they can study programming languages, web design, etc. It’s absolutely free if they’re willing to put forth the effort and have the ability to stick with it.

        If people are unemployed, anything they do is better than giving up.

      • Jason

        I don’t care if you have empathy or not. The point is, your supposition that everyone can just simply go be self-employed is and has been proven a complete fallacy by time and history. Can some people do it? Sure, as long as the market will bear what they bring to the table. However, that is not the case right now.

        Most people who own homes don’t have the disposable income to spend on painting houses. Most people who have a computer understand that you can get MS security essentials for free and not need someone to remove viruses from your computer. They simply aren’t going to hire you to do those things for them. Even mowing lawns is a slow business right now. The reason? Depressed wages on the middle class (which is by far the majority of the US population). Depressed through inflation, or wage freezes, or being fired and then re-hired for less at a new company (likely because some equity capitalist like Romney bought your old company and liquidated your position so shareholders could get money). Depressed wages in the middle class means low consumer demand for products and services in the US, which means the potential entrepreneur has fewer opportunities for monetary success.

        The idea that we should get up and do something is fine. People shouldn’t just quit, I agree. Sometimes, though, there simply isn’t anything there. That’s what the whole point of unemployment and welfare ever was: when the jobs aren’t there, we don’t just let people freeze and die. We give them a safety net so that when the jobs return, they are ready.

      • strayaway

        You seem to be confusing two issues. The possibility of self employment if there are not other jobs and the funding of quality schools. Painting was only offered as one example. Opening home daycare places for two or three kids is common. A lot of people don’t have ability to start even the smallest sideline business but many do. I am especially impressed by some immigrant group who start out with nothing. The Somalis in Minneapolis come to mind. The open all sorts of groceries and other stores. They get jobs driving taxis and working at the airport. More recently, their daughters are getting jobs in Target. They are adopting and moving up.

      • Jason

        No one is going to pay a guy who looks like he’s homeless to remove viruses, and certainly not pay them 50% up front.

      • That Guy

        So people who are unemployed look like they’re homeless?

        As far as paying 50% up front, that was in reference to painting, not virus removal…

      • Jason

        Most of the poor I know shop from the same place as the homeless.

        I think we all understood the reference. Apparently you didn’t understand the rebuttal.

      • That Guy

        Apparently, you believe unemployed= poor= shops at the same places as the homeless.

        The reality is the unemployment problem is affecting middle class men more than it is any other segment of the population.

        Funny thing is the Huffington Post publishes articles that agree with my side of the debate, and you seem to think I’m some FOX News Republican…

        The following article was written by Aaron Pitman, an “Angel Investor, self-made millionaire, and Founder and Partner of RA Domain Capital, a domain name development firm”-

        Unemployed? Why Now Is the Best Time To Be an Entrepreneur

        With the economy still far from recovered, it seems like a less-than-ideal time to start a new business. Yet right now is actually the perfect opportunity to dream big, follow your passion and create your own path to success.

        The old school paradigm of success, where you grab hold of a bottom rung on the career ladder and start climbing, just doesn’t apply anymore. The economic downturn resulted in millions of Americans falling off their career ladders and into the unemployment line.

        Instead of waiting around for a company to see your value, it’s time to strike out on your own. Millions of Americans already are. In fact,543,000 new businesses are created every month. These small businesses have added nearly 40 million jobs to the U.S. economy in the last 30 years.

        Plus, new groups of people are jumping into the startup space all the time. While nearly 30 percent of entrepreneurs are under 35, the number of older workers turning to entrepreneurial endeavors has jumped nearly 10 percent between 1996 and 2012. And since 2006, more than 44 percent of startup companies in Silicon Valley were founded by immigrants.

        No matter what your background, now is the perfect time to become an entrepreneur. Let’s look at some reasons why:

        It’s Easier to Find Business Education and Mentors

        Thanks to the Internet, taking your good idea and adding some business savvy has never been easier. First there is a veritable library of books you can purchase to give you some insight on how to start up your business, from Steve Blank and Bob Dorf’s The Startup Owner’s Manual to Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup.

        Eventually, you’ll need to get your nose out of a book and start learning by doing. No worries, because a sense of community has become essential to entrepreneurship. Startup communities abound with great advice, networking opportunities, and mentorship.

        Every major city (and even some local neighborhoods) have at least some form of startup community where you can go to learn from others and build your circle. These communities can be found on sites like Meetup and through social media.

        If you don’t have time to show up at a networking event, or geography is in the way, social media has lowered communication barriers. Now blogs, crowdsourcing and social media tools are helping startup founders and entrepreneurs to connect, share advice and lend a helping hand. Thanks to knowledge sharing and new technology, the answer to your entrepreneurial question is probably only a click away.

        Technology Makes Starting a Business More Affordable

        New technology, particularly cloud-based technology, has considerably brought down the cost of establishing and running a new business venture. Now you don’t have to pay for office space or data storage, you can work remotely and store your information in the cloud.

        There are millions of apps, sites, and services out there with low entry fees (some are even free!) that will help you build and run your business. New technology has dramatically brought down the traditional costs associated with starting up and running a business, lowering the barrier of entrepreneurship to those with small capital but big dreams.

        There Are More Ways to Find Funding

        Securing capital can be a nightmare of VC funds, angel investors and endless networking events. Who needs all that? Well, now is the perfect time to jump into the entrepreneurship game because there have never been more paths to funding.

        Sure, there’s the traditional VC funds and angel investors, but now you can also fundraise straight from your customer base. Crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo make it simple to raise large amounts of money, especially if you have a built-in audience. Or you can cut out investors entirely and use the IRS ROBS Project, or Rollovers As Business Startup, to rollover your 401(k) plan to finance your fledgling company.

        Then there’s the JOBS act, which will ease security regulations and make funding more readily available for small businesses. And don’t forget the U.S. Small Business Administration, which offers loans and grants to help startups and small businesses succeed.

        Positivity Is Needed

        With the tough economy and so many people suddenly out of work, we need positive thinking and people willing to dream big. Now is the exact right time to become an entrepreneur because now is when we need entrepreneurs the most.

        These people will become the future backbone of our economy and create jobs for the millions of unemployed Americans. But most importantly, entrepreneurs will give us hope that with passion, vision and hard work we can still achieve great things.

        When times are tough, positive thinking is needed more than ever. The very act of becoming an entrepreneur means you can envision a brighter future, which can motivate others to see that future as well.

        What are some reasons you think now is the best time to become an entrepreneur?

      • Pennyson349

        yes and you are trying to use a bunch of millionaires to make your case. You pretend that upfront money is an industry standard it is not. the first thing that home owners are warned about when rebuilding after a disaster is to never trust anyone who asks for money upfront it is the first sign of a disreputable contractor and it is why so many people get defrauded..The overwhelming majority of contractors that generate that $13,067,298,000 in income don’t ever ask for deposits and most of them don’t paint houses.

      • That Guy

        People are warned to never trust anyone who asks for 100% upfront.

        For painting jobs, where the work typically takes a week, 30-50% up front is common, and is not something to be wary of.

        Also, that money figure from the 2010 Census is only for those classified as “Painting and wall covering contractors”, not for all contractors in general…

      • Jason

        This is probably the most ridiculous premise I’ve ever read. It shows a huge lack of understanding of basic supply and demand economics, and competition in markets.

      • That Guy

        Have you made over $20,000 in a month working for yourself?

        When you have, maybe I’ll value your “understanding of basic supply and demand economics, and competition in markets”.

        Until then, I’ll chalk up your comments as coming from ignorance and shaped by Economics 101 at your local state college.

        I’m also willing to bet you’re paying off a student loan because you’re so much more educated than somebody who realized college is a racket unless you’re getting an engineering degree or something similar.

      • Jason

        Ahh, so the only way you’re qualified to know about the economy is to make money? Does that mean the only way you’d possibly be qualified to know what it’s like being poor and unemployed is to be poor and unemployed? By reason it must, ergo, you have no idea what you’re talking about, so maybe you should stop talking about it.

      • That Guy

        Seems like I hit a nerve.

        I’m still willing to bet you’ve never worked for yourself, and you’re still paying off a student loan.

        I was born poor (1 of 9 kids), and becoming unemployed is what drove me to work for myself. Unlike many people who would have just filed for unemployment, I refused to fall into that trap.

      • A Little Too Raph

        Allow me to interject here for a moment.

        “Have you made over $20,000 in a month working for yourself?”

        Its quite easy to craft a lie on the internet, plop yourself on a pedestal and then talk down to others from your supposed almighty and all knowing position of authority.

        Watch this…

        Have you made over $50,000 in a month working for yourself?

        There now whatever I type overrules whatever you type!

      • That Guy

        Have you read Economics in a Day, by Henry Hazlitt?

        You would learn more about economics by reading that than you did in your Econ 101 class, that’s for sure…

      • strayaway

        Licenses sometimes have value. I appreciate my state licensing medical personnel for instance. Often though, licensing is designed to prevent competition and fatten government larders. One of the best mechanics I’ve had was a next door neighbor who had reasons that he couldn’t be in the work world but he was a great mechanic and needed money. I paid cash. Sometimes such arrangements can be worked out between willing partners. I wonder if voluntary licensing systems would sometimes work out. Customers, like yourself, who wants the security of hiring someone vetted by the government or some consumers rating agency would have licensed contractors, barbers, day care workers, etc.. Someone else might want to have a neighbor they know take care of the kids or have the teacher next door paint the house for less money without all the protections. I think both options should often be available. Even doctors; I want a licensed doctor but if someone else wants to go to a Chinese herbalist, why should I care?

      • tiger16id

        How many people do you expect to pay you 50% down to paint their house?

      • Jason

        Most. Services like that often require a down payment for materials. Every home owner knows this.

      • That Guy

        If you don’t know how to paint, I wouldn’t expect anyone to pay you 50% down.

        However, if you actually know what you’re doing, and you’ve both sold the homeowner on the importance of the job (not hard once you start mentioning water damage and rotten wood and the higher cost of replacing that siding than just painting it) and, even more importantly, on your ability to provide this service, you will be hired.

        At that point, I wouldn’t even do the job if the owner wasn’t willing to put 50% down.

      • Jason

        So all the unemployed should just go paint houses? Your understanding of basic supply and demand economy is atrocious. Please don’t comment on it again.

      • That Guy

        Painting homes was an example.

        My point is, find something you’re good at doing and go do it.

        You don’t need an employer to find a job for you. Go find one yourself.

        I build websites for a living and I didn’t go to school to learn HTML/CSS, PHP, Javascript, etc. I went to Google and learned everything I needed to learn to do this. Businesses are more than willing to pay anywhere from $1000-3000 for a website as long as it does one thing for them, and that’s generate leads and business.

        Guess what? I’ve also painted homes to earn extra cash. In 2009, when the economy was really bad, I got a job painting a house.

        How did I get that job? I saw a house that was in desperate need of a paint job, knocked on the door, and offered my services. I educated the homeowners on the need for paint to protect their home from water damage and rot, and recommended Sherwin Williams Duration paint, as it will protect their home for over 10 years. I demonstrated how going the extra mile by ensuring even the area underneath the boards was covered with paint and caulking any gaps in the siding would provide even further protection.

        I did such a good job selling the quality of my services and delivering that quality, that two of the owner’s neighbors approached me and asked me to paint theirs. That’s right. 3 painting jobs in the summer of 2009, when the economy was at one of the lowest points it’s been in my lifetime. Over $9,000 in about 12 days of work…

        In between those jobs, I built a website for a construction company, installed Windows on 80 computers for a man who buys old laptops nobody wants anymore and resells them overseas, and did a lot of other things. How did I get all those jobs? I identified needs and offered my ability to satisfy said needs, at a fair price.

        Furthermore, as I was self-employed, I got paid what I was actually worth, rather than working for those big corporations you’re railing about that would have paid me $8-10/hr to do those very same jobs…

        So, yes, there’s work out there, as long as you’re willing to look for it. And everyone is unique and has skills nobody else has, so there’s something out there for everyone willing to look for it.

      • Jason

        Your example of you and always you is a prime example of your lack of empathy and your inability to understand economic realities past your nose. Simply put: there are more people unemployed (and there always have been) than there are people willing to pay to have their homes painted, lawns mowed, or widgets wocketed. That’s the reality of capitalism, and always will be.

      • That Guy

        What happened to you not caring about whether I had empathy or not? That’s not true, but it’s besides the point.

        I understand people are taught that if they work hard in school, go to college, and get a degree, they can do anything they want to do.

        Then they’re introduced to reality. They get out of college with a massive student loan and the best they can find a job at the local McDonald’s or Target in many cases.

        What exactly is it that I don’t understand?

        In fact, I realize these people are blind to the fact they don’t have to rely on a corporation to make a living.

        I’ve encouraged many people to go into business for themselves, even if it’s just on the side until they can make enough money to drop the job they’re already working.

      • Jason

        I didn’t say I don’t care that you have no empathy. If I did, I misspoke. The point you are making in that lazy people get what they deserve is fine. I agree with that.

        That being said: most people simply aren’t in a position to go into business for themselves. Not because they need to work for a corporation, but because corporations drive the potential for competition out of the market. Not everywhere, of course. There will always be pockets of opportunity, but that opportunity is finite in size, meaning only a certain number of people will be able to take advantage of it, which is what you aren’t understanding.

        I’ve been where you are, I’ve been poor, and right now I’m getting back to where I could have been years ago, if not for some bad decisions and habits.

        As far as that massive debt, etc: most of that can be avoided. As for not being able to get a job: it’s because there’s one thing colleges aren’t so good at teaching anymore, and that’s how to parlay your degree into fields other than what you majored in.

        I could go on, but the point is this: not everyone who doesn’t have a job can simply go out and get one. I know you did, I’m happy for you, really. But capitalism is exactly what it is, and that means sometimes, people aren’t going to be able to find a job.

      • That Guy

        My point isn’t that lazy people get what they deserve.

        My point is that it’s possible, in spite of what we are taught in school, to find work even when nobody’s hiring.

      • That Guy

        Corporations do not have the ability or desire to compete against freelancers who are grabbing just a tiny share of the market.

        A man I know makes his living building websites selling chemicals he simply rebrands. He estimates he pulls in less than 0.1% of the total market, and still manages to do very well for himself. Granted, he has a high ranking website and that’s part of the reason he does so well.

        However, what was he doing before he built that website? Interestingly enough, he has degrees in chemistry and in finance, and he was working for a corporation that also sold chemicals. He had this great idea that they should build websites on the Internet to increase their sales (this was in the late 1990s-early 2000s,mind you). His boss said something along the lines of “dotcom bubble’s crashed” and never took his suggestion. He was making over $30 an hour at that job.

        Back in 2007, his life came crashing down around him. He got laid off, his house went into foreclosure, and his wife filed for divorce. He could have given up.

        Instead, he decided there was no time better than the present to take his idea and run with it. While he’s hit bumps along the road, he’s now making over $30,000 a month with that website. He’s been able to buy a small warehouse and pay somebody to ship off orders for him.

      • strayaway

        Wages will go up when the demand for US workers exceeds the supply of US workers or proxy foreign workers. Only then will US workers be able to demand a larger piece of the national economic pie. As long as we have policies encouraging the export of US jobs and allowing cheaper foreign workers to displace US workers at home for those remaining jobs, US workers and their unions will continue to take a hit. Jobs programs will do next to nothing, sort of like pushing a string, as long as there is no demand for the services of US workers.

      • strayaway

        In partial answer to your last question, a recent reuters article titled, “Hark work, long hours: French find Chinese recipe sour” illustrates how Chinese illegal aliens in France have coped. They can’t be hired legally so they begin their own businesses and hire other Chinese. This, of course, is not helpful to the French businesses they compete with but the Chinese are getting ahead. Korean immigrants in the US, legal I think, have a system in which the men pool any resources they have to put another Korean in business. When he turns a profit, he helps other Korean businessmen put other Koreans in business.

        While some cultures are able to pull this off, the best thing the federal government could do is get out of like NAFTA and OPIC that shift jobs overseas. Raise import taxes while reducing income taxes on middle class and working Americans.

      • Jason

        Your last paragraph is like a beacon of light in a shitstorm.

      • Angela Walker

        Trevor, you are living the far right, fact free fantasy and no one but another Tea type is going to take you seriously.

      • estfar

        By the way while Bush took his umpteenth vacation and went off to be a cowboy, what do you think was happening to our country and the economy The crash did not happen under President Obama’s watch it happened under the misguided and hapless reigh of Bushy Jr.

        Try as you will the fact is that this President has navigated like a super hero given the disgusting climate of hate and obstructionism he has had to contend with.

        So I can deal with him taking a lunch break whenever he can.

      • ICBM904

        Still waiting on the Republican jobs plan that was supposed to come out four or five years ago. So far, their only job plan is “Stop Obamacare.” That, and shut down the government and obstruct and cost jobs whenever possible.

      • lindylou

        A jobs bill is currently collecting dust in the house as I type this. Call your congressman and tell him to get off his pouty temper tantrum and get busy passing some constructive laws.

      • strayaway

        Clinton passed NAFTA. Obama is trying to pass the TPP which is worse. Republicans are up to their necks in this but Democrats aren’t much better with respect to sending jobs abroad.

      • Jason

        NAFTA and TPP are the same thing, except TPP is asia. However, you’re right. They’re all complicit with selling off our labor and putting us in the poor house with no bargaining position.

      • strayaway

        The TPP goes beyond NAFTA in advancing foreign interests and in depriving US workers protection from US law.Here are some talking points from an anti TPP site:

        “TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.

        TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications

        TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.

        TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.

        TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.

        TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.”

        Our politicians are trying to fast track TPP legislation. This must be stopped.

      • Jason

        Rather than citing sophist arguments from an anti-TPP website, maybe you should cite TPP itself and demonstrate how various provisions will result in those outcomes. Otherwise, you look like a conspiracy theorist.

      • strayaway

        I would rather look like a conspiracy theorist, in this case, than someone selling out US workers for corporate profits.

        Ok, I’ll do your homework for you. This is from the AFL-CIO: “The global corporate agenda has infused trade policy with its demands for deregulation, privatization, tax breaks and other financial advantages for Big Business while shrinking the social safety net in the name of “labor flexibility.”

        Global businesses that reap the benefits of U.S. trade policy want the TPP to look like prior “free trade agreements” as much as possible. And while negotiations are not yet complete, the publicly available information is concerning for workers: it looks as if, once again, the global corporations are having too much influence in the process.”

        Or how about the Teamsters?: “The Obama administration and multinational corporations have made it clear they want to push forward with finalizing the TPP as soon as possible. They tout economic gains for employers and employees alike. But the numbers just don’t support those claims. A report released last week by the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows that even when using the most pro-TPP statistics to determine U.S. economic growth, the trade pact would result in a pay cut for 90 percent of U.S. workers.”

      • Adam

        What I wouldn’t give to only work 40 hours a week….

      • Ann Hartley

        What a lot of people wouldn’t give to work…….

      • That Guy

        Clinton signed NAFTA into law, and repealed Glass Steagal as well.

        With that being said, Poppy Bush would have done the same thing if he’d been relected for a second term.

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        Pay crap…then the people earning the crap wages can only afford the cheaper crap coming out of China, India, etc…..vicious circle!
        P.S. Great post and should be simple enough for even the tedious teadiots to understand! Note: Should be/Won’t be! *sigh*

      • Kevin O’connor

        um,nope.

      • Angela Walker

        Expalin, Wally. in detail and provide links to reputable sources. Otherwise we’ll just have to assume you’re just another dim, uninformed Tea troll.

      • Anthony F.

        I was born in the 80s so I don’t know much about it, but I do know that’s when it started to change. The rich got richer and the poor actually get poorer. Most people forget that inflation plays a part in this. Many people do not get a raise every year. They can not buy the same things they got with last years earnings!

      • lindylou

        OK, you set the example. Work Saturday mornings. Don’t complain about the air quality in your tire factory, or the locked doors in the sweatshop you work in. Send your ten your old out to do labor, who needs to be in skool.

      • Pipercat

        Throw in some globalization and the commoditization of labor over the past decades.

      • Peter Fritz

        Yes, We took one from the “Gipper”.

    • Beau Jackson

      Inflation has risen faster than wages in all sectors of the economy. All the extra money is going straight to the top and leaving everyone else poorer.

      • strayaway

        That’s what happens when the Fed ‘prints’ $85m/month and dumps it into the economy. Much of it has also inflated stock market prices. More dollars chasing the same goods and services creates higher prices. It did in the Weimar Republic, Argentina, and Zimbabwe and has been creating bubbles here.

      • Jason

        Printing money has zero effect on inflation in and of itself. As long as it keeps pace with or lags GDP, the increase in the amount of money printed means absolutely nothing. Try an economics class.

      • strayaway

        I disagree. If you are correct, then the Fed could print a hundred trillion dollars and buy up all the world’s oil fields and buy us all foreign cars. I doubt that foreigners would be that gullible. By definition, the Fed is inflating the money supply. Higher prices come later as more dollars are available to purchase the same supply of products. Note that I qualified the ‘same’ amount of products. Prices are bid up when money is more plentiful. I hope that the law of supply and demand is still taught in economics classes. One thing I’ve wondered about when comparing China’s GDP with our own is China has much lower wage rates so it can make the same product for less money. Which makes me question what GDP really is.

      • Jason

        No, because that sort of spending would outstrip GDP at too fast a rate. Supply and demand has no effect on inflation. Rather, the converse. Supply and demand makes a difference only in market price and stock valuations.

      • strayaway

        First Law of Supply and Demand:

        1)”If demand increases and supply remains unchanged, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher equilibrium price.”

        Demand increases when there is more money floating around because more money is competing for the same supply of products thereby causing greater demand. There is more money floating around when the Fed ‘prints’ money and pours it into the market. This creates bubbles as in the Nasdaq bubble and the housing bubble. It increases the price of commodities. It increases the price of foreign goods if we are inflating our money supply faster than another country.

        Perhaps you have been listening to Paul Krugman who failed to see the housing bubble coming.

      • Jason

        Not all sectors. Financial institutions and their shareholders are doing quite well managing our money into their hands.

      • Beau Jackson

        AKA “The Top”

    • Larry Williams

      God yes, this is a federal employee and she gets paid the same as someone in middle management at Walmart (so they say) However nice it was for him to clean up his mess it was still his mess and he’s still a giant tool!

      • Gary Smith

        Idunno, if someone in *middle management* at Walmart gets paid a paltry $26K a year, that condemns Walmart’s compensation practices far more than it does anything else.

    • atunionbob

      $26000 divided by 52 weeks equals $500 a week. Divide that by 40 hours a week equals $12.40 per hour. Minimum wage is $7.25 so this woman makes $5.15 per hour more than minimum which is not really too bad of an income, but is still around 134% of the poverty level in the USA.

  • Carolyn Gollaher Holloway

    I do have to say this is the first time I ever thought kudos of hannity but there you are. As for the woman being fired most companies like a single point of reference for media and as an agent she had probably been told that and maybe she forgot. That is why he specifically asks for her permission.

    • William Carr

      Well, what… it’s a few days pay for him.

      • Irene

        Now he needs to apologize for the three fake couples he had on to bash ACA..

      • janetmamajo4

        more like pocket change… very generous, Mr. Hannity….(snark alert…..)

  • dnp

    he didn’t have “the intention” because he’s a complete idiot unable to foresee any future consquence of his words and actions.

  • falconlady

    The article didn’t say whether Hannity identified himself as media to her. if she knew, she did go against policy. A reprimand would have been in order, tho, not firing.

    • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

      yes – i listened to the clip and he clearly identified himself and that he was live on a radio show. apparently the memo not to speak to any media went out AFTER this call, as the women clearly stated she had no idea she could not speak to the media in a post-fired interview. funny/sad thing is, this women gets fired and sebelius keeps her job.

      • Ellen H.

        I doubt Sebelius actually fired the woman. I would guess it was the manager of the center. Call centers are usually hired by a company or in this case the government to do a job. Once the center is engaged and knows what it is to do, the hiring body usually steps away.

      • Pipercat

        The person you were replying to, was creating a false equivalency to further exploit this cluster-fornication. The last fragment written was pathetic…

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        yes, false equivalency. talking to the media = fired on the spot. spending $500 million on a website that should have cost no more than $5 million; AND as program manager, not doing integration, stress, or load testing prior to launch; AND whose department issued cost plus contracts instead of fixed price, fixed time with penalties for defective code or late delivery….now that’s a GOOD JOB!

      • Pipercat

        You’re two for two. Um, just what does the website have to do with Sean getting one person fired and owning up to it?

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        If the website working as expected, the phone call wouldn’t have happened. You did hear our President tell people to call the 800# earlier this week, didn’t you?

      • Pipercat

        False dilemma. You’re number two was a straw man. You’re not very good at this are you? Regardless, what Hannity did was make the call under the auspices of being a “journalist.” Instead, he made news. You keep trying to prove a non-sequitur to deflect the responsibility here for someone you have no connection to. The 800 number is separate from the website and has always been there. If he had gone on the website to show it wasn’t working, then you’d have an argument. Otherwise, keep up the good fallacies!!

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Why don’t you check his shows the week prior to see if he went on the website or not. Until then, keep up with the excuses and lack of accountability. It seems to be a trend with this Administration.

      • Pipercat

        Project fallacy, cool. It seems to me, it is you who are making the excuses for Mr. Hannity. Scroll down just a bit and read my first comment on this piece. You are trying to exploit this dual chicken shit act to prove your ideologically based positions.

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        And it’s good to know that an entity’s phone # is separate from their
        website. Spoken like someone who has spent their life in customer
        service… at a government agency.

      • Pipercat

        Dead wrong, Frisbee!

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        Ahhhh, but you have the right mindset.

      • Pipercat

        … and just prey tell would that “mindset” be, hmm?

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        an entity’s phone # is separate from their
        website

      • Pipercat

        How is that a, “mindset?”

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        the mindset of no accountability, it’s not my responsibility. the website is separate from the 800# from the retail store. as in, i can’t help you. move along now.

      • Pipercat

        Red herring, my accountability or mind set is irrelevant.

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        Of course it is. To you.

      • Pipercat

        Think about that statement for just a second.

      • Oldfart

        I work for the IRS as a CSR. We have no training on how the IRS website works and no direct connection to it. We occasionally point people to the web site as a way to avoid the sometimes long waits that phone calls result in. That’s it. There is NO connection between our phone numbers and the IRS web site, period. AND we are trained NOT to interface with media while we are on the job and we are not allowed to comment on internal IRS matters when we are off the job. Unless this woman worked for an outsourced entity that didn’t give her adequate training, I’m sure she received the same instructions.

      • disqus_LUEMrFl8Rs

        She was an outsourced employee. But oldfart, thank you for confirming the fact that the US government doesn’t believe in and doesn’t support a 360 degree view of the customer in this day and age. That pretty much summarizes government efficiency better than anything us non-governmental minds could ever type.

      • Oldfart

        I have no doubt that you would not support the budget (and consequent taxes) it would require to retrain all the thousands of CSRs across America in the function of the web site. That’s why they have help and FAQs on the web site. Actually, I can’t think of too many private corporations that have CSRs trained in how their web site functions unless that is their only responsibility.

      • That Guy

        You do realize you just commented on internal IRS matters when you were off the job.

        Never mind. My mistake! You’re posting this while you’re supposed to be doing your job…

        Our tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen.

      • Oldfart

        Uh – no I didn’t comment on INTERNAL IRS matters at all. And….I am NOT at work….idiot. I’ve been laid off and don’t start work till Monday.

      • strayaway

        The phone line got jammed up right away too and failed.

  • Ember Rayne

    being blatantly used as a prop for a right *or left* wing media figure… just saying… the media needs to stop trying to make news.

    • Gary Smith

      Tell you what: provide me evidence that there’s an influential contingent of the “extreme left” in the US media or politics. Every single day we have proof of the influence of the extreme right (i.e. Tea Party d-bags) on public policy (see the unsuccessful govt shutdown), but where is the influence of the “extreme left”?

      You make the claim, so the burden of proof is on you.

      What? Can’t back up your claim? Maybe that means that there is no “extreme left” of any consequence in the US.

      Yes. Yes it does. False equivalencies are stupid. It’s analogous to calling eating a few grapes while shopping with armed robbery of the grocery store: they’re both technically stealing, but one is orders of magnitude worse than the other.

  • Buckleigh

    He’s still a pig

  • Steven473

    I find this whole situation as deplorable all around! Mr. Hannity as a “professional” (and I use the term very loosely) should have used a little more judgement. Although I find that what this particular network as strictly a venue to polarize america and american’s, I must respect his right to freedom of speech, that being said, I encourage Mr. Hannity and the rest of his “brain trust” to remember that along with those rights comes responsibility. In my humble opinion key points of that responsibility is to be honest and do no harm, especially of the innocent.

    The fact that Mr. Hannity has pledged to assist the individual harmed by a media “professional” is honorable, however, in my view more is needed. Mr. Hannity did much more than get this person fired. He has besmirched this individuals reputation and ability to get re-employed. This will follow this person forever. Every time she fills out an application for work, the portion of “have you ever been fired or discharged from a position” will place her in an awkward position and in today’s economy will result in her application being tossed out.

    This persons only crime was being a victim of a well planned plot. The fact that she was discharged as a result show’s poor management of that call center. The manager who fired this person, needs to be discharged. They used no judgement whatsoever.

    • Larry Williams

      Yeah, until I see proof that he helped this woman I have no faith that this man despite being the lying pig he is. Has even a tiny shred of honor…Don’t talk about it…Be about it!

    • Jason

      I’m wondering if he’ll help all the people currently unable to find work because of the positions he and his other media friends at Fox keep pushing at the american people, most of which are actually keeping jobs from being created.

  • SiquePupi

    I HATE Hannity but he did the right thing here. And if the call center made its policy clear that talking to media is prohibited, then they had every right to fire the rep. He clearly stated who he was, that she was on the radio, and asked twice for her permission to continue the conversation waiting for her to say “yes” before asking any questions.

    • Gary Smith

      That’s once. Way to go Hannity for doing the right thing one, after lying and misleading your credulous listeners about a myriad of subjects for decades. Huzzah!

  • Pipercat

    Plenty of chicken shit to go around here. I do hope Mr. Hannity has come to realize there are always ramifications to every action; both good and ill. It also seems to me, that a summary firing is also a foolish act. I hope there are no more attempts, by anybody, to exploit this pathetic situation for some point to be determined later.

  • terri

    Hannity also pledged to be waterboarded for charity, so we’ll see if he does the right thing…

    • Pipercat

      Odd, all I hear are… crickets!

  • SC

    The only crime is paying her $26,000 a year for that job… What a shame…

    • Cindy C

      Why is that a shame? It’s tax free and it’s probably more than she was making at that call center. I’d say it’s pretty dang generous to get a tax free check for 26K. If I got fired from my job it’d sure help me out.

  • nebadude

    This decision was not made because he has a heart or feels for the individual that he railroaded into a situation in which they were terminated. No, this decision was made because he has a team of both loss prevention and legal counsel that said it would be a better move to offer this individual UPFRONT the sum of their salary for a year, rather than sitting by and having legal issues and a possible major lawsuit come from many different directions. I do not applaude ANYONE that does something heinous toward another, and then turns around and offers pittance to cover their own ass.

  • kinjirurm

    “Contact with the media” does not require initiating contact, just as if you burn your hand off due to contact with acid, it doesn’t matter if you stuck your hand in it or it dripped on you and you didn’t bother to withdraw your hand. Either way, you chose to allow contact with the acid. This woman got shafted, for sure, and she probably had no idea she was doing anything wrong. Hannity was smart to spin this so he’s the good guy and fed officials are the bad guy.

  • Joan

    Is Hannity paying her health insurance premiums as well?

  • BdoMcGregor

    He only apologized because he wanted to avoid a PR disaster. This way he can be seen as doing something noble.

  • Posie Parker

    Everytime I read something about your country I am reminded that you have a tax system in which noone pays anything above $110k and then I realise how Obamacare doesn’t get 100% support. USA really hates the poor and worships money.

  • Posie Parker

    I would love to see the UK and the USA agree a none over 15 times rule. That means in any company the guys at the top cannot earn more than 15 times more than the guys at the bottom.

  • Brenda Porter

    The only question I have about this is did Hannity identify himself as a reporter? If he did not, there is no way she should have been fired. I worked as a communications manager for a large state agency and usually there are very specific protocols. Every new hire knows where to direct media inquiries. Having said that, we would not have fired someone unless what they said was a breach of confidential information. If she knew he was media at any point, and continued to talk, some sort of discipline is called for. Immediate dismissal is not.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Allen, I’ll believe that Hannity’s “done the right thing” when he’s done it. Talk is cheap….and that’s all he is….talk. And please, you actually believe that he had no idea this woman might get in trouble? He was trying to get her to admit problems. He knew. He didn’t care.

  • OnlyTruthSpoken

    Give The Guy Credit For What???? He Set This Person Up And She Was Fired Because Of It…. Then The Guy “Sean Hannity” Who’s Worth 35 Million Dollars donated 26k…. Please, That’s No Good Deed, That Pity….. The Guy Is A Douchbag!!!!!!

  • Melissa

    I’ve also worked for companies that had a strict media policy, and it included moments when the media solicited information via telephone or in person. So unless we know the exact wording of their policy, it is not accurate to call their reasoning “garbage”. That said, I’m glad Hannity did the right thing here.

  • Suz

    He will make a lot more than 26,000 with this stunt. he will still come out ahead and i’m sure would do it again to make an ass out of obama.

  • Bellathedog

    Hannity is a dick!

  • joseallegro

    The Truth is OUT. Hannity is a closet Democrat!!

  • mickey

    need jobs? fire a computer

  • tankbuddylove

    Excuse me!! Hannity is to blame. He is well aware that govt. employees are not to speak to media regardless of who initiates the contact, as does the employee. The Media Dept. handles all inquires and no employee should be expressing personal opinion, especially while on the job. Almost all businesses follow similar procedures.

  • joecooling

    He’s still a cunt.

  • Pam_L

    So the a-hole had an attack of conscience and did something right for a change, so what? He doesn’t deserve special recognition for not being an a-hole for a few minutes.

  • Tim Anderson

    26,000 dollars is probably one weeks pay for him. I’ll also believe it when the check clears.

  • kidcat24

    While the greedy psychopathic “job creators” were searching the world for the cheapest worker, they thought no one was paying attention. Wrong!

  • ICBM904

    So, did Hannity man up and admit that the three couples he had on the show bashing “Obamacare” were lying? I thought not.

  • Loretta Whitney Viner

    He deserves no applause. He set it up, even saying to the woman, “If you get fired let me know.” He knew what would happen and set it up so he could blame the Administration for her being fired and look like a good person (he’s not) by helping her out.

  • John Stephens

    Why do people keep saying 500 million for the website? Where the hell do they come up with these #s?

    • Kelly Cowan

      AM radio, Fox News, Blaze TV, just today I have read comments saying 635 million, 725 million, and 1 billion. In comparison 500 million is at least going in the correct direction.

  • Sometimes it’s just Nuts

    OH? but the President catching a diabetic pregnant woman was a plant. Hannity, that also does not give you credit for being a job creator, but yet another republican who loses jobs and helps others lose their jobs.

  • jim

    just go on and try to live the american dream on 26k a year. what a joke

  • Richard Monroe

    I always wonder about what happens when employees get ambushed in high profile situations. Sacha Baren Cohen has cost many people their jobs. Michael Moore probably has too, but then he often ambushes people who are jerks.

  • Kelly Cowan

    OK, so he just gets his tongue cut out but is allowed to live.