A week ago on Sean Hannity’s show, he raised the concern while talking with presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Donald Trump that ISIS terrorists could possibly infiltrate the Syrian refugees being brought to the United States. Making people afraid of things they don’t understand, especially facts and numbers, is par for the course for Sean Hannity – as well as the rest of the network.
Between the constant reminders of 9/11 and commercials asking for donations to Jews in Israel who seem to be under attack from ISIS (they aren’t), Fox and Hannity want three things: your money, your fear and your anger.
The idea of a quarter million people coming in from a country most of Hannity’s viewers couldn’t find on a map who might be terrorists would terrify the hell out of Fox viewers. Add President Obama into the mix, and you have the perfect recipe for a successful conservative media story which hundreds of thousands of followers will share. Of course, this story is also completely false.
In plain fact, President Barack Obama never said that, nor as far as anyone can tell has any member of his administration. In September, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Obama “informed his team that he would like them to accept — at least make preparations to accept — at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year.”
In its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request, the administration is asking for enough money to resettle 85,000 people in total from around the world. The figure would rise to 100,000 in Fiscal Year 2017.
The 250,000 figure, if it were accurate, would dwarf the 120,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict the European community said it aims to relocate inside its members’ borders. (Source)
As Politifact notes, the figure is highly inflated. So where did Sean Hannity come up with the nice round number of 250,000? If you guessed a fake news site like National Report, you’d be correct. In this case it was a site called Realnewsrightnow.com that the story came from. Realnewsrightnow.com is an obvious humor/fake news website, to people who actually pay attention.
With stories that you won’t find anywhere else like “Pyongyang to Host 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos” or “U.S. to House 250,000 Syrian Refugees at Navajo, Standing Rock Indian Reservations,” it should be a dead giveaway that it isn’t real news, especially if you call yourself a journalist. Anyone who wants to be taken seriously should be able to discern a fake story and a legitimate news lead, but apparently not Sean Hannity.
The problem is that the people who watch Fox News and Sean Hannity don’t care about facts, nor do the people who will likely vote for Donald Trump or Ben Carson – or Ted Cruz, or any number of the Republican presidential candidates for that matter. Sean Hannity certainly wouldn’t issue a retraction, because his viewers would be furious for not telling them what they want to hear.
In the interest of fairness, Fox News has periodically quietly retracted stories like the infamous “no-go zones” that Governor Bobby Jindal defended as true, even after they apologized for being wrong. However, it is highly unlikely that Sean Hannity will do the same, even after the fact-check from Politifact. Whether liberal or conservative, people want someone to tell them what they want to hear – and Sean Hannity’s success on Fox News is proof of that.
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