It appears that square-headed conservative host and Trump Train conductor Sean Hannity has taken to pantomiming his hero now.
With him taking heat from right-wingers, media critics and anyone else who isn’t a full-blown Trump sycophant, Hannity has been a bit on edge of late. He’s gotten himself embroiled in Twitter feuds with a number of journalists who have taken issue with his embrace of many of the GOP nominee’s conspiracy theories, specifically the notion that the election will be rigged and Hillary Clinton is suffering from health problems.
CNN’s Brian Stelter has been extremely critical of Hannity’s approach as of late, pointing out how dangerous it is for him to sow this level of distrust in his audience, especially considering the size of his megaphone. The media critic has devoted much time on his program highlighting the Fox personality’s irresponsible approach to interviewing Donald Trump and Hannity’s pushing of baseless accusations against Clinton. This has led to Sean lashing out on social media and during his programs.
He was back at it again Tuesday morning when he called in to his buddies at Fox & Friends. He spent most of his time railing against CNN, claiming that they “literally kiss Hillary Clinton’s and Obama’s ass every day.” (OK, someone has GOT to tell Hannity and Katrina Pierson what the word ‘literally’ means.) The conservative commentator also whined about how in the tank the rival network was for Clinton.
“There’s a double standard in everything. Mike Pence said to me the other night that they’re playing two on one. The media is so in the tank, so on board for Hillary, they’re so abusively biased.”
Nevermind that one entire cable news network — which is tops in the ratings — has gone all-in for Trump and has had every single Republican nominee’s back since 1996. And let’s not mention that CNN has four full-time commentators on staff who are solely there to defend and support Donald Trump. And let’s just dismiss the fact that the vast majority of talk radio is conservative and, even if all those hosts aren’t humping Trump, they certainly aren’t “in the tank” for Hillary. And for every site or publication that Hannity can label leftist, you’ll have a Breitbart, Daily Caller, WND, InfoWars, Drudge Report, etc. to counter it.
But back to Hannity’s bitchfest. While pissing and moaning about how tough Trump has it with the media, he decided to go after Stelter again, personally insulting him and complaining about one of his segments.
“I literally watched this show on CNN over the weekend, and you got this little pipsqueak named Brian Stelter, and he allowed this arrogant professor from the Kennedy School of Journalism to talk about Trump being a demagogue and demagogues like Trump become dictators.”
Sean sure does love to use the word literally.
The professor he was talking about was John Huey, who happened to be the editor in chief of a little magazine called TIME (and 150 other affiliates) for six years. Funny how Hannity didn’t mention that.
Anyway, Stelter had the best response to Hannity’s blow-up on Tuesday morning.
I wish Hannity had addressed my actual point: that he should help his audience instead of misinforming them https://t.co/Gpih8N7ke5
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 16, 2016
Below is video of the Fox & Friends segment, courtesy of Media Matters:
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