I think it goes without saying that I’m not, by any means, a fan of Fox News’ Sean Hannity. In my opinion, he’s nothing more than conspiracy-pushing hack who spends most of his time pandering to the worst parts of our society. It’s an absolute joke anyone takes this clown seriously and it’s an even bigger joke he’s now arguably the biggest name on a major cable “news” network.
Then again, that “news” network is Fox News, so that actually makes sense.
However, it seems Hannity’s continued downward spiral into Alex Jones-level insanity is pushing America’s most-watched conservative entertainment channel to its limits. In September 2016, Fox News executives actually called out Hannity for lacking “editorial standards” for citing ridiculous, non-scientific online surveys as credible evidence when trying to defend Donald Trump.
More recently, Fox News actually had to retract a story after Hannity continued to push the debunked and completely unfounded conspiracy that Seth Rich, a former DNC staffer who was tragically killed last year during a botched robbery, was the person who leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks and his murder was linked to that event.
On Tuesday night Hannity announced that he will no longer push this ridiculous conspiracy, but he never apologized for trying to politicize Rich’s murder — despite pleas from his family that he stop doing so — and blamed “liberal fascism” for his network’s retraction.
Except as NPR pointed out, many members of the conservative media have criticized him for exploiting Rich’s death:
On May 21, Seth Mandel, opinion page editor of the Murdoch-owned New York Post, tweeted: “Why are you doing this to them? Why are you tormenting a grieving family like this? Please, Sean. Please. Stop doing this. Please.”
New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote in the magazine Commentary, which he edits, that the theory is “the unwitting catspaw of an authoritarian government in Moscow.”
Podhoretz continued: “It should go without saying that defaming a dead man by asserting he was killed for doing something criminal is a great evil.”
And National Review editor Jonah Goldberg, a Fox News contributor, has been a constant thorn in Hannity’s side on Twitter over the Rich story. Goldberg is the author of a book whose title is apparently familiar to Hannity: Liberal Fascism.
So Hannity’s claim that “liberal fascism” was trying to silence him on this is bullshit. There are a lot of people, many conservatives included, who’ve found his exploitation of Rich’s death to be rather appalling.
Though you wouldn’t know that judging by a tweet he sent out Wednesday morning claiming this is all being driven by George Soros and Hillary Clinton’s media machine:
To all my friends. TODAY, George Soros, & Hillary Clinton supported Mediamatters is targeting all of my advertisers to try and get me fired
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 24, 2017
He’s such a fragile little snowflake, isn’t he?
How anyone can take him seriously is mind-boggling. This hypocrite once said WikiLeaks was “waging war against the U.S.,” but since their leaks helped Donald Trump win last November, he’s become one of Julian Assange’s biggest defenders. After years pushing preposterous conspiracies about Benghazi, while often acting as if Hillary Clinton’s emails were one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history, Hannity’s now spent much of his time downplaying Trump scandals he’d never let a Democrat get away with.
Just imagine what he would be saying right now if you took all these scandals (possible collusion with Russia to undermine our election, numerous associates with secret communication with Russian officials, attacking U.S. intelligence agencies, firing FBI directors, memos accusing him of trying to obstruct justice, etc.), and swapped Hillary Clinton’s name in for Trump’s — he would be losing his damn mind.
However, because Trump’s unhinged insanity and corruption have become so indefensible, in a desperate attempt to do anything to help his orange buddy, Hannity has been exploiting a person’s death by pushing a soundly debunked conspiracy hoping that by doing so it might distract some folks from focusing on how terrible Donald Trump truly is.
To Sean Hannity, allow me to say this: You’re a fraud, a hypocrite, a disgusting human being and an absolute asshole, and I’m not quite sure which trait you’re most proud of.