Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Enemy of the State

When I heard that Sean Hannity's new solo Faux News show features a segment called "Enemy of the State," it immediately conjured up thoughts of blacklists and gulags. Now, I don't mind a segment that's devoted to folks the host thinks are bad people, but couldn't it be called something like "Today's Outlaw" or "Villain of the Day" or "Worst Person in the World"? (Oops, I forgot -- that last one is already taken.) But "Enemy of the State"? What state? Seanhannistan?

In a way, it's fitting that the first person to be named "Enemy of the State" was actor Sean Penn, since his father, director Leo Penn, was blacklisted by a previous generation of authoritarian right-wing thugs during the McCarthy-era madness.

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