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    Maybe not. DeSantis' then-press secretary Christina Pushaw (who just resigned from her job as press secretary to work as the rapid response director for the governor's re-election campaign) had to set the record straight. \u201cOf course it\u2019s fake. The clip of DeSantis is from 2020 when he was responding to a question about Florida police executing a felony search warrant at the home of a fired state employee who had a documented arrest history of physical violence against police.\u201d — Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1660393636 \u201cThe subject of that 2020 warrant, Rebekah Jones, was home when FDLE/TallahasseePD knocked on her door. They waited patiently outside for 25min while she yelled at her husband to \u201ccall Chris Cuomo\u201d & setup her camera to capture a BIDEN HIRE ME sign in the background of the \u201craid\u201d\u201d — Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1660393636 \u201cThis is not a matter of dispute. Literally all of it is on video. The full FDLE body cam footage is public; Chris Cuomo/Biden Hire Me stuff is...
    On Friday's episode of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show, the host claims that Trump being sent to jail would not necessarily be a road block of any kind in terms of him deciding to run for president in 2024. Going over possible scenarios for what's to come, Hannity says "What do you think the next thing that happens here is, do you think that they would try and indict the former president in the hopes of convicting him and having him in jail at the time of the next election to prevent him from running . . . Because a conviction by the way, constitutionally, would not prevent him from running for office." Following the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago to search for sensitive documents that Trump took from the White House, Marc Elias, top lawyer for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, tweeted "The media is missing the really, really big reason why the raid today is a potential blockbuster in American politics." Included with Elias' tweet is the image of a document detailing U.S. Code Title...
    During Thursday’s broadcast of Tucker Carlson Tonight, fill-in host Brian Kilmeade mentioned the Florida judge who reportedly approved the search warrant used by the FBI to raid Mar-a-Lago on Monday and who has subsequently faced death threats for doing so. During Kilmeade’s commentary, however, a fabricated image of two separate photographs appeared on screen depicting Judge Bruce Reinhart on an airplane receiving a foot massage from convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell. It took Sean Hannity of all people to point out the error: During the handoff to Hannity’s show, the primetime star pointed out to Kilmeade that the image was digitally altered. “I think that’s actually a picture of Jeffrey Epstein with somebody putting [the judge’s] head on there,” he said. As Snopes pointed out, the judge’s upper body was substituted for Epstein’s. The image credit that Fox News listed is a Twitter user whose handle is @whatimemetosay and who describes themselves as a “meme creator” and “digital art creator,” making the network’s apparent error or attempt at a joke even less excusable.
    Fox News weekend host Mark Levin wasn’t happy with how his appearance on Hannity ended Tuesday night. Sean Hannity hosted Levin for the second night in a row to discuss Monday’s FBI raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The raid reportedly sought to recover official documents Trump had improperly taken with him upon leaving office. Some of those materials are allegedly classified. On Monday, Levin phoned into the show and declared, “This is the worst attack on this republic in modern history. Period.” The next day, Levin continued his attack on the Biden administration and the Department of Justice, saying the raid wasn’t about documents but about trying to find any evidence that might incriminate Trump. “This is a witch hunt, this is a Stalinist hunt,” he said, before claiming the DOJ is “looking for a crime in search of evidence.” “Anything they can find on Trump, anything they can hang on him! ” Levin yelled. “This isn’t about some damn document! That’s what they’re doing! And let me tell you something! This is scarier than if it...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday let Eric Trump complain at length about the “political persecution” of his father after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Florida home, reportedly in search of documents that may have been kept in violation of the Presidential Records Act. The former president’s son accused the Biden administration of orchestrating the raid, a claim that the White House denied, according to a Politico correspondent, saying it had no advance knowledge. “Sean, this didn’t come from the little local FBI field office in Palm Beach, Florida. You know who this came from. This came from one place and one building, and that is the White House in Washington, D.C.,” Trump said. “To have 30 FBI agents—actually more than that—descend on Mar-a-Lago, give absolutely no notice, go through the gates, start ransacking an office, ransacking a closet… they broke into a safe. He didn’t even have anything in the safe,” Trump claimed. “I mean, give me a break. And this is coming from, what, the National Archives?” In February, the National Archives informed Congress that upon...
    Sean Hannity doesn’t think you’re spending enough of your life at work. In a recent discussion on his talk radio show, he suggested that Americans who are struggling financially just need to work more. A lot more. Like, practically every waking hour of their lives. That’s insane. Americans already have to spend far more of their time at work than their counterparts in economically comparable countries. The United States is the only industrialized nation—and one of the only nations of any kind—whose citizens aren’t legally guaranteed any days of paid vacation. Most Americans work in non-unionized jobs where they can be fired with no recourse. And in the U.S.—as opposed to comparable nations which have nationalized health insurance systems—losing your job means that you and your dependents lose their health insurance. All of that is a recipe for a lot of people staying in jobs they hate, day after day and month after month, without a single lousy week of paid time off. And that’s if you’re lucky enough to have one job with well-defined hours, rather than juggling...
    Oh, how the mighty have fallen. During the Trump administration, Sean Hannity was on top of the world. With the ouster of his longtime Fox News colleague and nemesis Bill O’Reilly in April 2017 over sexual misconduct allegations, Hannity quickly rose from second fiddle to the most-watched host in cable news. And he stayed there for years. Not only was the veteran Fox News host pulling in nearly four million viewers every night while cheerleading for Donald Trump, but he was also widely considered the then-president’s shadow chief of staff. When Trump wasn’t calling into his show for an “exclusive” interview, Hannity was ringing the president late at night and serving as an informal adviser. But towards the end of Trump’s term, Tucker Carlson—who essentially replaced O’Reilly in primetime—supplanted Hannity as the top dog at Fox News. Conservative cable viewers seemed far more interested in Carlson’s brand of taking Trumpism’s far-right nationalism, fervent anti-immigrant rhetoric, and COVID trutherism and running with it over Hannity’s increasingly stale Trump boosterism (and insatiable Hillary Clinton obsession). And the longer Hannity—now the longest-running cable...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Thursday, where he slammed President Joe Biden and “climate alarmists.” He stated that if the world is supposed to end as he claimed some activists have said, then people might as well have a years-long party before meeting Jesus in heaven. Hannity has long been skeptical of attempts to reverse or slow the effects of climate change on the planet and has ridiculed Biden over his green energy policies. On Thursday, he referenced remarks by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) from 2019, in which he said that the “world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” She later ripped Republicans for taking her remarks literally. Hannity said: The recession was caused by Joe Biden and the claimant alarmists cult that want you to think that the world is going to end in 12 years. AOC said that two years ago [sic]. And my feeling is, if it really was going to end in 12 years, I’d say the hell with...
    Jesse Watters outpaced Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, knocking the well-rated Fox News host out of third place in the cable news ratings. While The Five and Tucker Carlson regularly duke it out for first and second in the cable news ratings a new battle is raging between Watters and Hannity for third. Watters just barely edged out Hannity to end the month of July with the bronze medal. But, on Tuesday night Watters scored a decisive win with 2.84 million total viewers compared to Hannity’s 2.59 million total viewers. In the key 25054 age demographic, Watters beat Hannity with 360,000 viewers compared to 306,000 viewers — respectively. Here is a full breakdown of Tuesday’s cable news ratings by show: Total Viewers (thousands) ET FNC CNN MSNBC NEWSMAX NEWSNATION 6a FOX AND FRIENDS: 994 NEW DAY: 328 MORNING JOE: 833 ROB CARSONS WHAT IN THE: 17 EARLY MORNING: 13 7a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1363 NEW DAY: 371 — WAKE UP AMERICA: 83 MORNING IN AMERICA: 34 8a FOX AND FRIENDS: 1525 NEW DAY:...
    After President Joe Biden gladly announced Wednesday that he tested negative for COVID-19 and is no longer isolating, Fox News host Sean Hannity called it “good news,” only to then say the strain of the virus that Biden fought off was “much, much weaker” than the one then-President Donald Trump had in the fall of 2020. Biden tested positive last Thursday, and over the weekend his physician said he likely contracted the BA.5 subvariant that currently makes up the vast majority of cases nationally. The 79-year-old president, who has had four vaccination shots, was treated with an antiviral manufactured by Pfizer called Paxlovid. “Unfortunately, this COVID is still with us, as it has been for two and a half years. But our fight against COVID is making a huge difference. What’s different now is our ability to protect ourselves from serious illness due to COVID,” Biden told White House staff in the Rose Garden. “When my predecessor got COVID, he had to get a helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center. He was severely ill. Thankfully he recovered. When I got...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity ripped President Joe Biden for recently contracting a strain of Covid he said was “much, much weaker” than that of his predecessor. Biden tested positive for the virus last Thursday. He announced the diagnosis in a video posted on Twitter: I guess you heard, this morning I tested positive for Covid. But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild and I really appreciate your inquires and concerns. But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done and in the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith. It’s gonna be Okay. It is suspected Biden contracted the BA.5 omicron subvariant. Biden tested negative Wednesday and, in another video posted online, invoked former President Donald Trump by name while discussing recovering. “When my predecessor got COVID, he had to get helicoptered to Walter Reed medical center, he was severely ill. Thankfully, he recovered,” Biden said. “When I got COVID, I worked from upstairs of the White House and the offices upstairs and for that five-day...
    Fox News star Sean Hannity once confidently declared that former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann’s “slam dunk” defamation lawsuits would “destroy” several mainstream media outlets. “They will all pay,” he exclaimed in 2019. Three years later, it appears Hannity was wrong. Sandmann was at the center of a videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial that quickly went viral in early 2019 and sparked politically charged debates. A MAGA-hat-clad Sandmann, who was in D.C. attending a March for Life rally, appeared to be in a standoff with Native American activist Nathan Phillips. Video of their encounter soon took social media by storm and was quickly picked up by national news outlets. Additional video surfaced showing Phillips’ claim that Sandmann was “blocking” him to be overblown, and so right-wing media and former President Donald Trump rallied around the Covington teen. Ultimately, Sandmann and his family sued several large media companies for defamation, citing their use of Phillips’ account in their coverage. This week, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman sided with five of those media companies—ABC, CBS, The New...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence gave competing speeches on Tuesday and received very different live coverage across cable news – particularly on Fox News. Pence spoke first at the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youth group, and received just over 15 minutes of live coverage on Fox News. Neither CNN nor MSNBC covered Pence’s speech live but discussed its content in multiple segments throughout the day. Trump spoke later in the day at the America First Policy Institute summit in Washington, D.C., and gave a 90-minute barn burner of a speech that was ignored by all three major networks live but was carried in its entirety by Newsmax. Newsmax and Fox News have differed before in their coverage of Trump speeches, with Newsmax offering Super Bowl-like coverage of Trump rallies with fully programmed pre and post-coverage. Fox News, on the other hand, has chosen to air its highly rated regularly scheduled programming. Newsmax’s coverage of Trump rallies has helped the ratings beleaguered network boost its numbers, although it has been unable to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — America’s top television networks on Thursday turned prime time over to a gripping account of former President Donald Trump’s actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol — with one prominent exception. The top-rated news network, Fox News Channel, stuck with its own lineup of commentators. Sean Hannity denounced the “show trial” elsewhere on TV just as he was featured in it, with the House’s Jan. 6 committee examining his tweets to Trump administration figures. Hannity aired a soundless snippet of committee members entering the hearing room as part of a lengthy monologue condemning the proceedings. That was all Fox News Channel viewers saw of the hearing. “It’s really just a cheap, selectively edited political ad,” Hannity told his viewers. Meanwhile, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and MSNBC aired the second prime-time hearing, focusing on Trump’s real-time response to the riot. The committee said it was the last hearing until September. “This very much sounded like a closing argument, certainly of this chapter of their investigation, and it was profound,” ABC News anchor...
    Amid former President Donald Trump’s growing consternation about having no supporters on the Jan. 6 Committee, Fox News host Sean Hannity is now questioning the man responsible for having most Republicans sit it out. On Wednesday night’s edition of Hannity, the Fox host quizzed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) about his decision to pull Republicans from the Jan. 6 committee — after two of McCarthy’s picks for the committee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “There have been questions asked, once they pulled Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, why didn’t you replace them with other people?” Hannity said. “In retrospect, should you have?” “No, not at all,” McCarthy replied. “Because nothing would be different. Think of this: It’s only the majority who has subpoena power. They would never allow Republicans into those meetings when they interview the individuals. All they would be is the American people would sit up there, and they would think this is a fair process.” Trump has grown increasingly critical of McCarthy for opting...
    Kellyanne Conway said President Joe Biden might finish his term in office, but sentences in the English language are an entirely different matter. Conway, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, joined Hannity where she, host Sean Hannity and Joe Concha discussed Biden’s fitness for the job. Hannity aired a clip of Biden misspeaking and concluded, “That man is not fit to be president. He asked Conway to dissect Biden’s age, acuity, and whether Democrats will intervene and tell the president to step down. “Well, they fear that then the next person in line for the job isn’t up for the job either. Her name is Kamala Harris, and she doesn’t do much better at the talking thing and he does,” Conway said. She added: It’s so fascinating, isn’t it, that when the Democrats now are coming out of the woodwork and saying somehow a guy who wasn’t too old 18 months ago is too old now. They stop short of saying get rid of him now, just don’t run again in 2024 because they don’t say let’s just...
    Joe Scarborough mocked Sean Hannity, though not by name, for the Fox News host’s attempt to dismiss and undermine the political and potentially criminal impact of Cassidy Hutchinson over discrepancies in her testimony to the Select Committee investigation of the events of January 6th. Hutchinson is of course the former top aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows under former President Donald Trump, who testified on Tuesday about the events surrounding the attack on the capitol, testimony that was called “devastating” by a number of respected members of the conservative media. There are some, however, who have focused on discrepancies in Hutchinson’s retelling of an alleged incident in which Trump tried to grab the steering wheel of the SUV taking him back to the White House in an effort to join his supporters protesting the results of the 2020 election at the Capitol building. Take, for example, Hannity, who opened his Wednesday night show derided the Jan 6th hearings as “pure theater” and used inconsistencies in the hearsay details she shared to cast doubt on her entire testimony. “Her story...
    THE DAILY NEWSLETTER – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2022  MEDIA WINNER: Maggie Haberman New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman has proven again that she truly is the “Trump Whisperer.” Haberman spent her Tuesday afternoon fielding texts from Trump associates after Cassidy Hutchinson‘s stunning Jan. 6 testimony — further cementing her as the go-to reporter for all things Donald Trump. According to Haberman, Hutchinson’s bombshell testimony has the Trump team worried. In a deep dive into reactions to the testimony, Haberman shared quotes and observations from allies, associates, and advisers who confided to her after the hearing. She wrote that a current adviser to Trump called the testimony “a killer,” while another source said it could “potentially bolster a charge against him related to incitement.” While Hutchinson and her testimony were crucial to the committee’s investigation into Jan. 6, Haberman’s impressive reporting emphasized just how damning it could be for Trump. Haberman had already obtained and revealed scoops on the Jan. 6 hearings even before Hutchinson’s testimony. She reported that Trump and his adult children had “some anxiety” about the hearings and their testimonies, also revealing that Mike Pence’s ex-Chief of Staff Marc Short warned the Secret Service of a security risk before Jan....
    Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday night blasted January 6 Committee star witness Cassidy Hutchinson‘s testimony as “bizarre” and the media’s coverage of it as “hyperventilating.” Hutchinson, formerly an aide to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, ignited a news and social media firestorm with her testimony about Donald Trump Tuesday before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack. Among the many statements Hutchinson made, she gave her account to the committee of having been told by former Trump official Tony Ornato that the ex-president “lunged” at Secret Service agent Robert “Bobby” Engel in a fit of rage over not being driven to the Capitol building during the riot. Fox News primetime hosts were decidedly less impressed by her testimony than other media, and Hannity blasted her as a not-credible turncoat who was disgruntled about being denied a job with Trump in Florida. It’s a claim that Trump made first on TRUTH Social on Tuesday in response to the testimony. After playing part of Hutchinson’s remarks, Hannity said, “What you heard there is an incredibly bizarre...
    Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham decried testimony from a former Trump White House aide during the hastily scheduled Jan. 6 committee hearing on Tuesday, claiming the witness was not credible and could not be taken seriously. Cassidy Hutchinson, who was an assistant to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, appeared before the Jan. 6 committee on Tuesday when she gave revelatory testimony about events leading up to and during the Capitol riot. During one part of her testimony, Hutchinson described herself as being “disgusted” by former President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn threats against Vice President Mike Pence, which she described as “unpatriotic” and “un-American.” SIX NOTABLE MOMENTS FROM HOUSE JAN. 6 HEARING FEATURING EX-TRUMP AIDE HUTCHINSON During his show on Fox News hours later, Hannity said Hutchinson’s testimony featured “hearsay” and suggested the witness had questionable motives. “What you heard there is an incredibly bizarre hearsay allegation from a person who, according to our sources, wanted to work for Donald Trump outside the White House when he wasn’t president at...
    Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Sean Hannity said on his radio show on Tuesday he’d “bet his last dollar” that abortion won’t become illegal in Michigan, but he was promptly told by a congressman from the state, “No, it is illegal in the state right now.” Speaking with Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Hannity took issue with inaccurate claims about the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which struck down a constitutional right to abortion. Instead, the court left the matter to states, rather than individuals to decide. A handful of people have inaccurately suggested the court’s decision makes abortion illegal nationwide. “They’re also lying to everybody, because abortion is not illegal,” Hannity stated. “It’s not going to be illegal in your state of Michigan. I’d bet my last dollar that’s not gonna be the case. Am I wrong?” “No, it is illegal in the state right now,” Walberg replied. “In 1931, Michigan passed one of the first anti-abortion laws.” Sean Hannity: “They’re also lying to everybody, because abortion is not illegal. It’s not going...
    Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz castigated the Supreme Court on Fox News Friday after it struck down Roe v. Wade earlier in the day. He denounced the court’s decision as “judicial activism.” In its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the court ruled the 1973 case was wrongly decided and that there is no constitutional right to abortion. At issue in the opinion issued Friday was a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Dershowitz stated that the court overstepped its authority by deciding on a question that was not before the court. “I do think the Supreme Court should never have had to reach beyond the 15 weeks. That’s what was before the Supreme Court,” Dershowitz told Sean Hannity. “Why did the Supreme Court have to jump into this and say, ‘We’re not going to decide the case before us. We’re going to ban Roe vs. Wade, overrule it, and allow states… to abolish abortion completely’? That was judicial activism, overreaching. And Sean, you oppose judicial activism.” Dershowitz stated the court should have waited for...
    Sean Hannity didn't live up to his promise to vape on air after the risk of arrest dissolved.  On the Wednesday night edition of his Fox News show, Sean Hannity vowed to defy the law and proudly vape his e-cig live on air in a segment discussing a possible FDA ban on Juul products.  On Thursday night, he teased fans by unwrapping a brand new Juul and appearing to raise it toward his lips, but stopped short.  He jokingly said he was skipping the lawless act because the law didn't take effect until 'next Wednesday.'  'All right, that took away my desire to hit the Juul on air since they won't be coming to arrest me,' he joked. 'Darn, such a good opportunity. I know the liberal media mob is probably devastated.'  Sean Hannity (pictured on Thursday) didn't live up to his promise to vape on air after the risk of arrest dissolved as the ban doesn't go into effect until Wednesday, but he still took the opportunity to slam the Biden Administration for only regulating one company   Hannity (pictured on Wednesday)...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity defiantly vowed to vape on the air if President Joe Biden‘s FDA banned JUUL products — but even now  that the agency has enacted a ban, Biden “cannot” stop Hannity from making good. On Wednesday night’s edition of Fox News’s Hannity, correspondent Trace Gallagher joined the host to discuss the then-impending but also then-only-reportedly-imminent FDA decision to ban JUUL products — the vape of choice for the host. According to the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, the FDA’s announcement ordering Juul to take all of its e-cigarettes off the market was expected as soon as this week. “They ban it, and I’ll do it live on TV and they can come and arrest me. How’s that?” Hannity told Gallagher. As it turns out, Hannity’s fears were borne out within hours, as the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday morning that JUULs are on their way out: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) to JUUL Labs Inc. for all of their products currently marketed in the United States. As a result,...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity vowed to defy the law and proudly vape his e-cig live on air as the FDA confirmed its ban on Juul products.  Hannity, 60, made the claims on his June 22 show during a segment with correspondent Trace Gallagher.  When Gallagher told the host: 'Juul has been trying to get on the right side of regulators by limiting its marketing and banning mango, mint, other sweet flavors. The company even suggested a vaping device that can only be unlocked if you’re 21.' He noted that while Juul has the right to appeal a ban, those appeals can take a long time and are expensive.  The ban forbids the sale of Juul products but does not ban personal use of the product.   That's when Hannity chimed in to say: 'They ban it, and I'll do it live on TV and they can come and arrest me. How's that?; His comments were met with laughter from Gallagher as Hannity then pivoted straight to the next segment saying: 'While the Biden FDA wants people to stop vaping, many Democratic-run cities...
    Sean Hannity pledged to vape a Juul e-cigarette on air if the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to ban the devices is implemented. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday the FDA is preparing to order Juul to all of its e-cigs off the market. According to its sources, the announcement could come this week. Fox News’ Trace Gallagher joined Hannity to summarize the news for the host and noted e-cig enthusiast, who last year was caught vaping on air after a commercial break. “Juul has been trying to get on the right side of regulators by limiting its marketing and banning mango, mint, other sweet flavors,” said Gallagher. “The company even suggested a vaping device that can only be unlocked if you’re 21.” Gallagher noted that Juul can appeal any such decision or revise its products, but that “both of those take a bunch of time and a whole lot of money.” “They ban it, and I’ll do it live on TV and they can come and arrest me. How’s that?” replied Hannity. Gallagher laughed and said something inaudible...
    Bill Maher has responded to former President Donald Trump’s claim that Fox News has begun to embrace him. In a pair of tweets late Sunday, the HBO Real Time host said that he would “love” to appear on the network with either Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson — but that they refuse to agree to a no-holds-barred discussion. “Donald Trump says Fox News is ‘Kissing the ass of the enemy’ by booking me,” Maher wrote. “He must have been ‘accidentally’ watching Real Time again. I know of no booking I have on Fox, but I’ve made clear I’d love to come on with Hannity or Carlson, but they back out when I balk at … ‘only talking about the things we agree on.'” 1/2 Donald Trump says Fox News is “Kissing the ass of the enemy” by booking me. He must have been “accidentally” watching Real Time again. I know of no booking I have on Fox, but I’ve made clear I’d love to come on with Hannity or Carlson, but they back out when I balk at… —...
    Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard awkwardly tried to wriggle out of having to disagree with Sean Hannity on Thursday. Gabbard has been a staple on Fox News for several months, during which time she has told the network’s hosts and their mostly conservative viewers what they want to hear. She is not the first person with a liberal track record to appeal to conservatives while self-censoring whatever liberal beliefs she holds, but she is perhaps the most notable example of this on the network. In a telling appearance on Hannity, the host put Gabbard on the spot and she tried to weasel out of having to disagree with him. “I would like America to go back to the Trump policies and secure our border,” Hannity began the interview. “I would like to go back to the policies that America is energy independent and stop sucking up to Iran, Venezuela, OPEC, and Saudi Arabia. I would like lower taxes, not higher taxes, less bureaucracy, not more bureaucracy. Now, you’re a Democrat, Tulsi. Do you disagree with any of my plans, things...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is accusing Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) of attempting to put a hit on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking to Fox News' Sean Hannity, the Texas Republican lawmaker blamed the Democratic Party for recent attacks on lawmakers, jurists, and other activists advocating for a ban on abortion. Cruz's remarks came during Hannity's report on a pro-abortion group known as Jane's Revenge. The group had reportedly declared "'open season' on pro-life groups and crisis pregnancy centers," according to Mediaite. Describing the incidents as acts of “domestic terrorism,” Hannity asked Cruz to weigh in on their declaration. Cruz not only criticized the group, but also condemned Democrats. “These radicals claim to be pro-woman but they don’t want to help a mom who is pregnant with a child, actually give birth to the child, and deliver the child into this world so they’re going to firebomb the clinic or the hospital she would go to,” Cruz said. \u201cThe Biden White House encouraged left-wing radicals to go to Brett Kavanaugh\u2019s home.\u201d — Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1655389260...
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blamed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for the attempted hit on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Texas Republican further blamed the Democratic Party as a whole for a series of incidents targeting anti-abortion lawmakers, jurists and activists. On Wednesday’s Hannity, host Sean Hannity reported a pro-abortion group called Jane’s Revenge had declared “open season” on pro-life groups and crisis pregnancy centers. Hannity called the actions “domestic terrorism,” asked Cruz for his reaction to the news. “These radicals claim to be pro-woman but they don’t want to help a mom who is pregnant with a child, actually give birth to the child, and deliver the child into this world so they’re going to fire bomb the clinic or the hospital she would go to,” Cruz said. Hannity then noted in March 2020, Schumer made comments which were perceived as threatening to Kavanaugh and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Did Senate Democrat leader Schumer just threaten two conservative justices? Where is the media? “I want to tell you Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch: You have unleashed a...
    Former CIA director and secretary of state Mike Pompeo passed up a chance to say he agreed with the CIA’s finding that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. When asked Tuesday on Hannity, Pompeo replied, “Well, I will leave that to the intelligence professionals. I have actually read what’s there.” “You should know – read it carefully – there are still lots of questions about what transpired there other than the fact we know that there was a murder,” he added. “And we were highly confident during my time in service that the dozen people – I think it was 13 maybe – that we sanctioned were connected to that in a serious way…” The Biden administration early last year released an unclassified intel report that concurred with the CIA. “We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control of decision making in the Kingdom since 2017, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman's protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for...
    Sean Hannity gave kudos to CNN’s Don Lemon over his questions to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre the previous night. On Monday, Lemon pressed her on the economy and whether Biden plans to run for a second term in 2024. Hannity said on Tuesday that the Biden administration is “living in a fantasy world.” The Fox News host played a clip of Lemon’s interview. “Many economists do cite the war in Ukraine and supply chain issues,” Lemon said about the state of the economy, particularly high inflation. “They also say that last year’s stimulus package, which you mentioned, contributed to inflation, Karine. Does the Biden administration bear some responsibility for this?” Jean-Pierre briefly stumbled and stated that the American Rescue Plan “met the moment” and the stimulus package  is helping people “take on inflation.” Hannity reacted to the clip by stating, “Karine Jean-Pierre was not expecting tough questions from fake news CNN.” He then introduced the next clip by stating, “This administration is such a disaster, now even Don Lemon – hardcore liberal – is actually following our lead...
    Fox News star Sean Hannity is currently under fire from MAGA media types for having floated the idea to Donald Trump that he should issue a presidential pardon to Hunter Biden in an effort to heal political wounds the day after the Jan. 6 insurrection. During Thursday night’s primetime congressional hearing, the House committee released investigating the Capitol riots showed Jan. 7, 2021 text messages between Hannity and then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. In one exchange, Hannity discussed the post-riot conversation he had with the outgoing president. “He was intrigued by the pardon idea!! (Hunter),” Hannity said at one point. The Daily Beast reported on Friday that the “Hunter” in question was President Joe Biden’s son, who has long been a prime target of right-wing media and Hannity himself. According to sources, Hannity proposed that Trump issue Hunter Biden a pardon as he walked out of the White House door—essentially as an olive branch to Democrats to help “smooth things over” after the Capitol attack. Hunter Biden, whose foreign business dealings were the focus of Trump’s efforts to...
    Ethan Miller/Getty Images In the wake of the 2021 Capitol riot, Fox News host Sean Hannity suggested to outgoing President Donald Trump that he pardon Hunter Biden. The Daily Beast confirmed on Tuesday the “Hunter” mentioned by Hannity in a Jan. 7, 2021 exchange with then-White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is in fact the son of President Joe Biden. During Thursday night’s hearing of the Jan. 6 committee, the panel displayed text messages between Hannity and McEnany in which the host advised her that the president not associate himself with “crazy people.” She replied, “Yes 100%.” Texts between Sean Hannity and then-WH press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: pic.twitter.com/OsHa8Jxgn1 — Rose Wagner (@rosemwagner) June 10, 2022 Hannity subsequently counseled there should be “no more stolen election talk,” after Trump had spent two months claiming the election was rigged against him. The Fox News host also told McEnany, “He was intrigued by the Pardon idea!! (Hunter).” This seems to indicate Hannity had spoken to Trump about a potential pardon of someone named Hunter – possibly Hunter Biden. In a report that...
    As some of then-President Donald Trump’s closest allies hit the exits after the violence of the Jan. 6 insurrection, longtime informal adviser and Fox News host Sean Hannity took a different approach: He tried to convince Trump that he could use his office to help heal some of the wounds from the insurrection. Trump was a lame duck, facing a second impeachment with only two weeks left in office. He had few friends, a skeleton staff, and was coming out of a public relations nightmare. His powers were limited. But he still had one unlimited power: the presidential pardon. On Thursday, the Jan. 6 Committee released text messages between Hannity and then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. In those text messages, Hannity appears to debrief McEnany on a conversation he had with Trump the day after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. One item from that conversation: “He was intrigued by the pardon idea!! (Hunter)” A person familiar with the conversations confirmed to The Daily Beast that the “Hunter” in the text was, in fact, Hunter Biden, the son...
    Fox News’ midday panel show, Outnumbered, skipped over the Jan. 6 hearings on Friday, despite lengthy coverage on the network of the first hearing throughout the morning. Notably, one of Outnumbered’s co-hosts, former Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, featured prominently in the hearings. McEnany and Fox News host Sean Hannity exchanged text messages on Jan. 7 following the deadly attack on the Capitol the day before. The committee showed the messages which outlined a five-point plan for Trump going forward. Hannity texted points, including: “No. 1 – No more stolen election talk” and “No. 2 – Yes, impeachment and 25th amendment are real, and many people will quit.” McEnany responded, “Love that. Thank you. That is the playbook. You are doing a great service for your country.” Texts between Sean Hannity and then-WH press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: pic.twitter.com/OsHa8Jxgn1 — Rose Wagner (@rosemwagner) June 10, 2022 At the time of the texts, McEnany was serving as Trump’s press secretary. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is leading the House Jan. 6 committee alongside Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), said the texts...
    Fox News made headlines earlier this week with the announcement that they would be the only network to not provide live coverage of the House Jan. 6 committee hearing, but instead would “cover the hearings as news warrants.” Which meant an uninterrupted Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity—they had no commercial breaks—providing a full-throated defense of Donald Trump. They brought in a pack of lying grifters to help, as The Washington Post’s Philip Bump called them, the “who’s who of the Carlsonverse.” Carlson made clear early on what to expect. “The whole thing is insulting. In fact, it’s deranged,” Carlson said. “And we’re not playing along. This is the only hour on an American news channel that will not be carrying their propaganda live. They are lying, and we’re not going to help them do it.” By which he meant they were not showing the reality of that horrific day. Literally. An NBC News producer captured what Fox was doing in this clip: x I lined up the Jan. 6 committee hearing footage with Tucker Carlon's show and found that Fox News cut away from...
    New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.This column is about the media, and this moment exemplifies America's two parallel tracks of media. So if you watched Thursday night's hearing by the House's 1/6 committee, shown live by most of the major TV networks in the United States, let me tell you what I watched on right-wing TV at the same time.When Rep. Bennie Thompson gaveled the hearing to order, Fox's Tucker Carlson ignored him. Carlson declared that the "ruling class" was giving "yet another lecture about January 6." He called the hearing "propaganda" and reveled in Fox's decision not to televise it. He said "they are lying and we are not going to help them do it." Carlson then lied himself: He said "if something noteworthy happens" at the hearing, "obviously we will bring it to you immediately." But his show did not do that.When Thompson said January 6 was "the culmination of an attempted coup," Carlson asked why the news media cared at...
    Fox News primetime shows went commercial-free for more than two and a half hours while not airing Thursday night’s hearing of the Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot. The network announced this week it would broadcast its regular programming. Meanwhile, the hearing aired on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and other channels. The hearing began around 8 p.m. ET, coinciding with the start of Tucker Carlson Tonight, which forwent commercials for the hour. Tucker Carlson used the entire hour to downplay the storming of the Capitol and entertain conspiracy theories about that day. Carlson hosted several guests, including Tulsi Gabbard, who said Democrats created the committee because “they don’t want to deal with the real issues are struggling with.” Other guests included CPAC head Matt Schlapp, Jan. 6 truther Julie Kelly, and Federalist CEO Sean Davis, who said the hearing was “akin to the dissolution of the republic.” Carlson also hosted Darren Beattie, who called the riot “a clear hoax.” Hannity aired at 9 p.m. ET and also went commercial-less. The hearing ended during the time slot. For much...
    Fox News’ Sean Hannity reacted to the series of horrific revelations from the January 6 Committee’s first ever televised hearing by running with the claim that “the one person that looks good is Donald Trump.” The committee hearing proceeded throughout Thursday evening. As the panel presented evidence about the attempt by the former president to overturn the 2020 election, they showed Trump suggesting then-former Vice President Mike Pence “deserves” to be hung by his rioting supporters, aired footage of Capitol Police officers getting violently overwhelmed, illustrated how Trump’s words incited the mob, and heard haunting testimony of those who came under assault on January 6th. Very little of that was shown on Fox News, however, since the network stuck to its usual primetime lineup, as it was devoted to snarking at the revelations, dismissing the riot, and writing off the hearing as a “show trial.” As the hearing came to a close, Hannity brought John Solomon and Kash Patel onto the show, and he disregarded the contents in order to groan about the Capitol not being more heavily defended on...
    Fox News weekend show host Mark Levin on Wednesday tried to shift blame for the Jan. 6 insurrection away from former President Trump, whose supporters illegally breached the Capitol and assaulted the police officers defending it, and onto House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi, Levin told Sean Hannity, has been protected by the House committee investigating what happened that day. The speaker “will never be questioned because Liz Cheney has given her cover,” Levin said. Cheney, one of two Republicans on the committee, has been the target of intense criticism by Trump and his allies ever since she decided not to go along with the lie that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. “Nancy, what did you do on Jan. 6? Can we see your texts, your emails, your documents? Can we talk to your staff under penalty of perjury?” Levin asked, obviously peeved at the committee’s work, which has uncovered revealing communications about Jan. 6 between Fox hosts like Hannity and then-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows. “And if you don’t respond, maybe we should put you in handcuffs and...
    Donald Trump and Laura Ingraham.Luis M. Alvarez/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.On the week of the long-awaited January 6 hearings, America’s top-rated cable news network announced that it wouldn’t carry any of them live. Instead, Fox News will continue to feed its viewers their regular diet of spin from Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson.  Fox’s hosts “will cover the hearings as news warrants,” the network said Tuesday in a statement to the New York Times.  Ingraham expanded on that justification with a laudably candid admission, saying that Fox does “something called, you know, cater to our audience” (as opposed to, you know, telling them the truth.) Earlier this week, Carlson called the hearings “grotesque.” Meanwhile, both Ingraham and Hannity have found themselves caught up in the fallout from the committee’s investigation. In December, the committee released Ingraham’s and Hannity’s communications with Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows on the day of the attack. The texts showed both hosts in a state of panic over...
    Stephen Colbert roasted Fox News for deciding to skip Thursday’s primetime session of the January 6th Select Committee Hearing. Last Thursday, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection announced that it will hold its first public hearing on June 9 at 8 p.m. ET. While all major news outlets, including CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, will be covering the hearings live in the place of their regular primetime lineups, Fox News is sticking to Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity. “Well, that’s actually good. No, it’s actually good,” Colbert said on Tuesday’s Late Show. “We’ll hear directly from the people who planned the coup. Sean can just read his tweets” While Hannity and Ingraham, and their fellow Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, sent former President Donald Trump text messages urging him to distance himself from the Jan. 6 insurrection — they often attacked the investigation into the riot while on air. Ingraham has since defended Fox News’ decision not to air the hearing by praising the network’s ability to cater to its audience. “Our audience knows what this...
    Stephen Colbert is going all-in for this Thursday night’s primetime January 6th committee hearing with a live edition of The Late Show after the proceedings wrap up, as he announced during Tuesday’s monologue. “It’s going to be a historic evening,” the host predicted before revealing his big plans for the night. “I’m tired already! I am pre-exhausted.” But as Colbert explained, while “all of the major news outfits” will be airing the hearing live, Fox News has opted to stick with its usual primetime lineup of Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, who defended the decision by saying, “We actually do something called, you know, cater[ing] to our audience.” “Well, that’s actually good,” Colbert added. “We’ll hear directly from the people who planned the coup. Sean can just read his tweets.” Both Hannity and Ingraham sent text messages to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during the insurrection begging him to get Trump to call off the riot, while later misleading viewers about who was really behind the attack.
    Protesters rally against Fox News outside the Fox News headquarters in New York City, New York.  It’s not really a huge surprise that Fox News is declining to air the public hearings of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. I mean, what did we expect? The conservative media outlet made the announcement Monday, stating that its hosts will “cover the hearings as news warrants.” Shannon Bream, Fox News’ chief legal correspondent, will anchor a two-hour live special on the hearings, and anchors from Fox Business (the lower-rated network) Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will host live continuous coverage, The Hill reports. There are numerous reasons one can point to for why Fox won’t air the coverage, starting with the fact that the constant stream of bullshit from off-the-rails GOP faves Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham garners the network millions of eyes nightly. The loss of revenue is probably a consideration since the network has spent every second since Jan. 6 assuring its viewers that the entire event was a tourist trip and...
    Sean Hannity panned President Joe Biden’s speech Thursday night in which he called on Congress to pass various gun control measures. The Fox News host sparred with Geraldo Rivera over Biden’s address. Earlier in the show, Hannity had criticized the president for heading to Delaware for the weekend once again and called him “old” and “decrepit”: So what we have is an old, decrepit president who can barely shuffle his feet, can’t read a teleprompter prompter, prefers a phony Oval Office to the real Oval Office and everywhere Americans are looking, they are faced with the reality every single day of the consequences of all of Joe Biden’s policies and the failures of those policies. After welcoming Rivera to the show, Hannity panned Biden for calling for the repeal of a law that protects gun manufacturers from civil liability when their guns are used to commit crimes. “Do you agree with that logic?” asked Hannity. “Because I don’t think you blame the gun manufacturer.” Rivera responded by saying he is “glad” the families of victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook...
    On Wednesday, Late Night host Seth Meyers addressed the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old—wielding a handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle with high-capacity magazines—entered Robb Elementary School and opened fire, killing 19 schoolchildren and two adults. Meyers was critical of congressional Republicans (and honorary Republican Joe Manchin) for spouting the same usual excuses in the wake of the tragedy, the 27th school shooting this year, instead of addressing the glaring lack of gun control in America. “This is the same Senate that moved with the speed of a Saturn V rocket to give Supreme Court justices more security when some people were picketing outside their homes, so that should give you a sense of their priorities,” he said. “When they do want to protect someone, they’re capable of doing it quickly.”’ He continued: “And while the Manchins and Mitch McConnells of the world are offering their empty words and refusing to take action, the most depraved people in our politics are suggesting that instead of doing the obvious thing that many other countries have done successfully,...
    Fox News on Tuesday night broadcast a number of suggestions for how to prevent mass shootings, hours after a gunman killed at least 19 elementary school children and two adults in Texas. These ideas included creating tax breaks for retired military and law enforcement personnel to patrol school property, installing “man traps,” and purchasing “ballistic blankets” for students. “Instead of parents buying their kids all these tools and toys and games, invest in the classroom to make it safer,” Maureen O’Connell, a former FBI agent, suggested to Bret Baier. Companies can conduct “threat assessments” for areas of vulnerability, she said, “and they have blankets that you can put up on the wall that are colorful and beautiful—but they’re ballistic blankets.” Similar comments were made on Hannity, where the namesake host first whined about President Joe Biden choosing to “politicize” the tragedy when he called for action from Republicans lobbied by the gun industry. Sean Hannity then turned to Dan Bongino, and said that “for years” he’s advocated for ways to keep students safe. “People—retired military, retired law enforcement—outside the perimeter...
    CNN’s Brian Stelter held an extensive debate with Pennsylvania Republican Kathy Barnette over media coverage of her failed run for Senate. Barnette marketed herself as fiercely pro-Trump during her Senate run, but the former president endorsed her opponent and said “she has many things in her past which have not been properly explained or vetted.” Fox News host Sean Hannity agreed, calling out Barnette’s “very troubling history of attacking” Trump. Hannity was among those who noted Barnette’s history of Islamophobic and homophobic remarks, arguing those comments would present a hurdle in the general election. Barnette has refused to concede, but she led the CNN interview by saying she would support “whoever should prevail” between her rival candidates: David McCormick and Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz. After that, Stelter began by focusing on how Barnette has blamed her loss on Hannity. “Was Hannity’s influence that important in the race?” Stelter asked. Barnette responded by broadly swiping at the media coverage of her candidacy: I think what we saw with my race is a broader issue, right? So the spotlight was shining on me....