Hannity Issues Correction After Falsely Accusing Cory Booker Of Being Silent On Fairfax Allegations

Hannity Issues Correction After Falsely Accusing Cory Booker Of Being Silent On Fairfax Allegations

At the end of his program Wednesday night, Fox News star Sean Hannity backtracked and issued a correction after falsely accusing Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) of remaining silent on the graphic sexual assault allegation against embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

With Vanessa Tyson coming forward to issue a statement on her encounter with Fairfax in 2004, claiming that the Virginia Democrat forced her to engage in oral sex, Hannity spent much of his Wednesday night opening monologue chastising prominent Democrats for not standing with the victim and ignoring the allegation.

“Where’s Kamala Harris tonight? Where is ‘Spartacus’ Cory Booker? Where is Elizabeth Warren?” Hannity bellowed. “Do they believe this accuser? Do they stand with all survivors of sexual abuse or only when it’s made against a Republican or a conservative? Is it just about politics, not about the cause?”

Only one little problem — hours earlier, Booker had spoken out on the issue. Per CNN’s Manu Raju, the New Jersey lawmaker and presidential hopeful said “it takes tremendous courage for someone to come forward” and the allegation is “deeply disturbing.”

To Hannity’s credit, at the end of his program, he pointed out that he accused “Spartacus Booker” of being silent on the Fairfax sexual assault allegations but “early this evening, Spartacus spoke out to CNN.” Reading off Booker’s quote to Raju, the Fox primetime star wondered aloud where Sens. Harris and Warren were before applauding Booker: “Good for him.”

Meanwhile, over on Hannity’s lead-in program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host devoted several minutes to tearing Booker a new one and labeling him a hypocrite for supposedly dismissing the allegations as “unimportant.”

Unlike Hannity, Carlson did no correction or clarification during his program. Will he address this later? I guess we’ll see.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.