Michele Bachmann got her p.r. bubble blasted last night, and for once the poke came from the red side of the color spectrum: Sean Hannity fessed up on Fox News that his show used a bogus video clip to make it look like the District 6 congresswoman's "Kill the Bill" rally in Washington, D.C., last Thursday was much larger than it really was.
A darling of late on Fox, Bachmann had gushed on Hannity that "it was a beautiful sight" to see the "20,000 to 45,000" at the gathering of the tribes. As she spoke, Hannity played a clip that started with the marchers on a clear, fall day, and then cut to a much larger rally in the same location on a cloudy, summer day without any explanation. Never mind that closer to 10,000 people attended the rally.
Hannity was caught red-handed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart on Tuesday night. Size mattered so much at the "Superbowl of freedom" that, as Stewart pointed out, Hannity had spliced in out-of-season footage from Glenn Beck's "9/12" rally.
Here's Stewart calling out Hannity:
On Wednesday night, Hannity wrapped his show with this: "And although it pains me to say this, Jon Stewart, Comedy Central, he was right. Now on his program last night, he mentioned that we had played some incorrect video on this program last week while talking about the Republican health care rally on Capitol Hill. He was correct, we screwed up. We aired some video of a rally in september along with a video from the actual event. It was an inadvertent mistake, but a mistake none the less. So, Mr. Stewart, you were right. We apologize. But by the way, we want to thank you and all your writers for watching."
Here's that video: