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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. His personal website is www.Hanania.com

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. His personal website is www.Hanania.com

    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    Season 3, Episode 6

    The protests that turned violent on January 6, 2021 have been turned into a political weapon that is being used to bludgeon critics of the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden. The advocates of the House Select Committee hearings on the so-called riots or the "insurrection" as the Jan. 6 protests are being described by the Democrats and the biased mainstream news media, assert falsely that critics of the hearings are defending the violence.

    That's not true of course. Anyone who engages in violence during the Jan. 6 protests at the Capitol should be prosecuted used with evidence and punished appropriately, based on the weight of their crimes.

    The real issue however is how the Democrats have closed their eyes to the other riots or insurrection that began on May 25, 2020 when George Floyd was killed by an irresponsible Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin. Chauvin deserved to be prosecuted but he did not deserve to be sentenced to 22 years in prison, as he was. The killing was unintentional, accidental, not premeditated. But to satiate their political base, the Democrats pushed for the harshest punishment calling anyone who defended Chauvin or criticized the biased, illegal process of the hearings racist.

    During the 4 to 6 hours of the Jan. 6 protests, anyone who engaged in violence should be prosecuted.

    But the May 25 killing of George Floyd that resulted more than 3 months of violence, looting, arson and even killing, those rioters should be prosecuted fully, too. But they have not been prosecuted fully. In fact, the Democrats who are screaming to Lynch the Jan. 6 "rioters" undermined the police response to the post-Floyd murder protests. Police were ordered in many cities to not get in the way of the rioters or the true insurrectionists who were destroying the fabric of America and posing as a real threat to American Democracy.

    Where are the Select Committee hearing son the post George Floyd killing riots and insurrection?

    That's the true hypocrisy.

    The Jan. 6 protestors who engaged inv ioelcne for four to six hours were Republicans who supported Trump. The May 25 rioters who engaged in violence, looting, vandalism, arson and even killing for more than three full months through the end of August 2020 were Democrats.

    Both should be fully investigated or none should be investigated.

    Read my column on the topic after listening to this podcast.

    Share this podcast and the column to raise awareness of the hypocrisy. We need to speak out against ALL violence, not just the violence that challenges a partisan political party as Nancy Pelosi is now doing. 

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    • 12 min
    Jackie Mason and how he missed the punchline of his life July 26, 2021

    Jackie Mason and how he missed the punchline of his life July 26, 2021

    Jackie Mason and how he missed the punchline of his life July 26, 2021

    Season 3, Episode 5

    Ray Hanania looks back at his fight with Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason when Hanania was booked to perform at Zanies Comedy Club in August 2002, nearly one year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hanania explains how he turned to comedy as means of helping Americans to better understand Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims and talks about his background. He also discusses how humor is a fundamental talent of great journalists and one of the most powerful forms of effective communications.

    Zanies had been working with Hanania through 2001 and 2002 and his comedy performances were getting coverage from major news media including CNN, the Today Show and many regional newspapers. An Arab American performing comedy after Sept. 11, 2001 was a news story.

    In July 2002, Zanies informed Hanania that they were going to give him his own show, 9 performances over a six day period. Several weeks before the performance, Zanies owner Rick Uchwat called him to say that Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason needed a place to practice his comedy in preparation for a new Broadway show in late September and October. He asked if Hanania had a problem appearing with Mason, a Jewish comedian. Hanania said of course not. Zanies took 3 of Hanania's shows and made Mason the opening act and Hanania the feature act. When Mason finished the three shows, Hanania would return to be the opening major act for the remaining six shows.

    Hanania thought it was big break. But on the opening night on Tuesday, Mason's wife/manager Jyll Rosenfeld called to say that Mason did not want Hanania to open for him because "he is Palestinian." 

    The performance had been filled with Hanania's friends, family, relatives and even the news media. Linda Moses, the Zanies Manager, called Hanania at home before he left for the show to tell him, only two hours before the opening, that Mason isn't want him to be on the show.

    In this audio podcast, Hanania talks about all that the media coverage, Mason's hypocrisy and lies, and why Zanies and the news media sided with Mason, a famous Hollywood comedian and actor rather than with him, a SouthSide Chicago former Vietnam Era Veteran and former City Hall Newspaper reporter.

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    • 22 min
    Stop politicizing coronavirus

    Stop politicizing coronavirus

    We need to end the political polarization of coronavirus and come up with a way to strengthen American and protect seniors and everyday families to get this country back on its financial feet. We need to crackdown on price gouging and find a better way to protect us from the virus.

    Season 3, Episode 4

    July 20, 2021

    The coronavirus is being politicized and we need to stop it.

    • 9 min
    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    Season 3, Episode 3

    Opinion Columnist Ray Hanania takes on the topic that so few members of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress and the Biden White House don't want to address, the failure of the US Post Office to do its work, in this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics, July 9, 2021.

    Hanania talks about what he has learned from talking to some of the few USPS employees who are still working who complain that many of the USPS employees are at home collecting wages and using the Coronavirus as an excuse to stay home, not work and collect their salaries.

    The USPS bureaucracy has failed to provide answers, failed to release documents through FOIA and made every possible excuse to cover up their behavior. The mail is not being delivered. People are complaining about long delays days, weeks and Deven months and the impact is devastating to the public and taxpayers who pay the salaries of these employees who are at home collecting the full wages. The biggest victims are Senior Citizens who rely on snail mail more than any other group. They don't like to use online systems to pay their bills.

    And the biggest exploiters of the system are the Banks which charge exorbitant fees to block checks that have been "lost" in the mail. Those letters are not lost. They are sitting in undelivered piles at the US Post Offices around the country because the post office refuses to crack down on the COVID laziness, the COVID excuse. Employees can stay home and collect their money and do nothing thanks to mismanagement from the US Post Office.

    What needs to happen is the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress need to convene investigations immediately into this crisis, and they need to start firing those over paid Post Office executives. Fire them and put new leaders in charge. Promote those few employees who are dedicated and are still working at their jobs and are not using COVID as an excuse. There are many great Postal Workers who deserve praise and they should be put in charge.

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    • 11 min
    04-23-21 Election for Secretary of State & past races in Orland Park & Palos Township

    04-23-21 Election for Secretary of State & past races in Orland Park & Palos Township

    The election for Secretary of State: Past races in Orland Park and Palos Township

    Ray Hanania on Politics April 23, 2021: 

    Season 3, Episode 2

    Award winning Political Opinion Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host Ray Hanania looks at the upcoming election battle for Illinois Secretary of State and the recent hotly contested battles in Orland Park and Palos Township in this latest podcast episode.

    Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois State Treasurer, is leading the field of candidates hoping to succeed popular Secretary of State Jessie White who is retiring. The election is in March 2022 in the Democratic Primary and Giannoulias has already raised nearly $3 million, compared to other candidates that are hoping to win the state's most powerful employee government agency.

    That race follows in the wake of the contests in Orland Park where former Mayor Dan McLaughlin came within 300 votes of unseating rightwing fanatic Keith Pekau. And the race in Palos Township where extremist Arab and Muslim activists do what they always do -- drowning out an intelligent and strategic election campaign with yelling, screaming, anger, hatred and protests. The fanatics were fueled in their hatred by words posted by former Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan, who apologized for singled out Arabs and Middle Easterners in her political posts. Brannigan lost her bid to become Palos Township Assessor but not because of the extremists, but rather because the Democrats and Republicans backed Robert Maloney over Brannigan. How badly did the extremists do -- most of whom didn't even live in Palos Township? Well, they backed a decent candidate Marvate Mohammad to run for trustee.Not againstBrannigan but to block the election of moderate and smart candidate Tasneem Abuzir. Abuzir won election and became the first Arab Muslim Palos Township official. But she could have been more except that the extremists divided the Arab and Muslim vote.

    Click here for more info on the race for Secretary of State and the Orland and Palos elections.

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    • 10 min
    01-07-21 Media hypocrisy on the DC protestors vs the BLM protestors

    01-07-21 Media hypocrisy on the DC protestors vs the BLM protestors

    01-07-21 Media hypocrisy on the DC protestors vs the BLM protestors

    Season 3, Episode 1

    Ray Hanania on Politics.

    Award winning veteran political columnist and former Chicago City Hall Reporter Ray Hanania analysis the real problem with the DC Protests, the hypocrisy of the mainstream American news media. Hanania argues that the media treated the singled day of protests by pro-Trump activists in Washington D.C. differently from the two month long protests of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists. Members of both groups engaged in violence but the media blanket stereotyped the DC protestors as all being "terrorists and rioters" to use the words of media hypocrite Anderson Cooper while separating the BLM Protestors into legitimate protests and a small group of aberrant protestors who turned to violence. They turned the one-day Washington DC protest into a riot because some -- not all -- engaged in violence. But in the case of BLM protests that followed the wrongful killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis that lasted more than two months, the separated the violence from the protests, and minimized the violence. The media did that because of politics. The biased media applied their political sense to both issues and emphasized the BLM protests in a positive way and emphasized the DC protests in a negative way. The hypocritical media made this about Trump versus Biden but the reality is it also involves their own partisan and unethical lack of journalism professionalism.

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    Season 3, Episode 1

    • 12 min

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