When the government backed energy company, Solyndra, failed, Fox News was all over it. Across Fox media, there was a cacophony of braying about the evils of public investment in risky private ventures. Sean Hannity whined, while Michelle Malkin sneered, about how it was a "scam," "pay to play," yadda, yadda. But Hannity's tone was almost reverential when, in March of this year, he interviewed former Boston Red Sox pitcher and proud Republican Curt Schilling about Schilling's video game company. This business venture was subsidized, to the tune of a $75 million loan guarantee, by the state of RI and facilitated, in part, by a GOP Governor who is a big Schilling fan. Flash forward to June when Schilling's company, Studio 38, went totally toes up leaving the taxpayers of RI on the hook for more than $100 million counting principal and interest on the bonds. Will Hannity mention this failure of corporate welfare which is sending Schilling to the bankruptcy bullpen?
Given the outcome of the situation, there is rich irony. Even the introduction to the Hannity video, by Rich Lowrey, was amusing when he said that Schilling would be talking about the "state of the economy," the "president's class warfare," and the awesome new video company. Ironic, don't ya think, that Schilling's bankruptcy will be affecting a state where the economy is less than stellar!
On the actual video, Hannity praised Schilling for starting a "huge new business." Schilling talked about the bi-partisan agreement for the state funding and how this is an example of "government gone right" (LOL!) "to do right for the people." (A majority of whom opposed the deal).
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