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When Christopher Hitchens sparred with Hannity, whacked Reed and cheered Falwell's death

From Vanity Fair: Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died today at the age of 62. Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the spring of 2010, just after the publication of his memoir, Hitch-22, and began chemotherapy soon after. His matchless prose has appeared in Vanity Fair since 1992, when he was named contributing editor.

In one of his most-watch videos, the atheist Hitchens almost celebrated the death of religious-right leader Jerry Falwell on FOX. In doing so, he whacked away at Ralph Reed ("the friend of Jack Abramoff") and got in quite a tussle with Sean Hannity, who called him a "jackass" at one point.

Hannity went after Hitchens shortly after he said it was good to be rid of "a vulgar fraud, a crook like Rev. Falwell.. he established a business, a racket. In my opinion. He was a religious business man, in the same way Mr. Ralph Reed is a religious entrepreneur....We have been rid of an extremely dangerous demagogue, who lived by hatred of others and prejudice and who committed treason by saying the United States deserved the attack upon it, and its civil society, in September 2001 by other religious nutcases like himself."

That's something you won't hear on TV for a long while.

 

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