The good Dr. William Hammesfahr was on Hannity and Colmes the other day, and Sean Hannity made it a point to refer to him as a “Nobel Prize nominee” about, oh, 1400 times in a single hour (a world record, I believe). A few examples:
HANNITY: And we’re going to talk to a doctor who spent 10 hours with her tonight, and he says that he believes, in his expert opinion — this is a man that was nominated for a Nobel Prize, by the way — that she could be rehabilitated.
HANNITY: And coming up later in the program tonight, we’re going to meet a doctor who actually spent 10 hours examining Terri Schiavo. He was nominated for a Nobel Prize. He believes that she could be rehabilitated.
HANNITY: You were nominated for a Nobel Prize in medicine?
HANNITY: You were nominated to get a Nobel Peace Prize in this work. Are you saying that this woman could be rehabilitated?
HANNITY: How is it possible we’re in this position if you have examined her? You were up for a Nobel Prize. This is mind boggling to me.
HANNITY: Well, this is what I want to understand. This is your area of expertise that got you nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in medicine, the Nobel Prize.
HANNITY: — hang on a second — and talk to a Nobel prize-nominated physician who spent 10 hours with her, who believes if, given the opportunity, he can rehabilitate her?
HANNITY: Imagine being in his position and having a guy like a Nobel Prize nominee like Dr. Hammesfahr, who I’m looking at right now, who spent 10 hours with her and feels that, given the chance, he could rehabilitate this girl.
You just cannot help but snicker at this pathetic appeal to authority, especially when it’s based on nothing more than a letter from an obviously clueless Florida Congressman who actually nominated him for the “Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine”. So in honor of all of this silliness, I’ve just sent the following email to Sean Hannity:
Hey Sean, just wanted you to know that I just wrote a letter to the Nobel Prize committee nominated you for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine (the exact award for which Dr. William Hammesfahr was nominated). So from now on, feel free to introduce yourself as a Nobel Prize nominee 7 or 8 times per hour.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make some dinner. Someday I hope to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in Cooking.