Fox News host Sean Hannity tore into a liberal opinion writer at liberal magazine Slate Friday after the writer published an article bashing the late Alan Colmes, a longtime Fox News commentator who suddenly passed away on Thursday.
That author, staff writer Issac Chotiner, wrote of Colmes:
Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy — and a 'liberal' nice guy at that — meant being a buffoon, and a patsy. Colmes not only played the part to perfection — he defined it
While Colmes may not have been a genius, he wasn't a complete moron either; in short, he was smart enough to know he was being used, and to take the money that his services demanded. If this is something less than morally reprehensible, it is still pretty gross.
But labeling Colmes a "buffoon, a "patsy" and "liberal weakling" was something Hannity would not let by him. After all, Hannity and Colmes worked alongside one another for years on Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" show, which was a precursor to today's show "Hannity."
"Only mean soulless assh*les could ever write and print something this viscious, cruel, and heartless. You r so ignorant, wrong, and hateful!" Hannity tweeted Friday about Chotiner's column.
After Colmes passing, Hannity called into a daytime Fox News show to lament about his close friend's passing.
"It’s like a part of me left today. It has been a really tough day," Hannity told Bill Hemmer. "I know a lot of people remember us from our political disagreements, but what they may not know is he was not only a guy with the greatest sense of humor but a guy that had a human level of decency and love and kindness and humor. One of the funniest guys I ever met."
Colmes passed away either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning after a "brief" battle with lymphoma, according to the Washington Post. He was 66. His Fox News colleagues say he will be remembered as one of the kindest men they've ever worked with.