Young Turks host Cenk Uygur hammered Fox News counterpart Sean Hannity on Thursday for his wanting to “educate” a Ferguson, Missouri official about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
“Hey Sean, I’ve got a question for you: were you there?” Uygur asked. “I mean, you’ve got all these assumptions — ‘Oh, the cops, gotta respect the cops, maybe [Brown] had his head down and he was charging, he was doing all these things.’ Wait, Sean. Why don’t you shut the f*ck up, ’cause you weren’t there?”
On Wednesday, Hannity berated local committeewoman Patricia Bynes (D) during an interview, saying she could not say that Brown’s shooting at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 was a case of police brutality because she was not at the scene at the time.
Hannity told Bynes on multiple occasions that he wanted to “educate” her regarding the criminal justice system, and argued that Wilson suffered “an orbital eye socket fracture” during his encounter with Brown. However, CNN reported that early reports that he suffered that kind of injury were false. The Washington Post also reported on Thursday that Wilson has still not spoken to prosecutors about the shooting.
“Eyewitnesses say that Brown charged at [Wilson],” Hannity told Bynes. “You weren’t there. What if that turns out to be true in our court system? Then that would mean you’re wrong, doesn’t it?”
“We have lots of eyewitnesses that are saying something different,” Bynes responded.
“So you don’t know, do you?” Hannity pressed.
On Thursday, Uygur sarcastically wondered why Hannity was so intent on reminding Bynes about the presumption of innocence for Wilson, then tried to “educate” the Fox News host.
“Just because we’re not in a court of law — and the reason we’re not is that the cop hasn’t even been arrested after he put 6 to 8 bullets in that kid — doe not mean that facts don’t exist,” Uygur explained. “Facts can exist outside of a courtroom. So you keep saying to her, ‘You don’t know ’cause you weren’t there,’ but you don’t know because you weren’t there.”
Uygur also chided Hannity for seemingly siding with accounts supporting Wilson, while claiming he was being impartial.
“Sean, nobody’s convicting the officer — they haven’t even arrested him,” Uygur repeated. “Bill O’Reilly talks about a ‘lynch mob.’ How dare you?”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Thursday, below.