They used to call this “writing checks with your mouth that you lack the guts to cash.” I don’t know what they call it now, but I’m sure they still have a term for it.
If they don’t, “pulling a Hannity” might be a candidate.
NEW YORK (AP) — The debate over torture is getting personal for two of cable TV’s prime-time hosts.
After Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity made a seemingly impromptu offer last week to undergo waterboarding as a benefit for charity, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann leapt at it. He offered $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for every second Hannity withstood the technique.
Olbermann repeated the offer on Monday’s show and said in an interview Tuesday that he’s heard no response. He said he’ll continue to pursue it.
“I don’t think he has the courage to even respond to this – let alone do it,” Olbermann said.
Fox News Channel representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
The two men are on opposite poles of a debate that has preoccupied the worlds of talk TV and radio. Hannity says waterboarding is a fair and necessary interrogation technique for suspected terrorists; Olbermann calls it torture, says it’s ineffective and should not be done by Americans.