2021-06-08 01:11:13 UTC
Hes gone in the tank for Donald Trump. Lets leave him there..
The nonrevelation in Mondays New York Times that the Fox News Channels Sean
Hannity has been advising Donald Trump as well as fawning all over him was
met with predictable handwringing. Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post,
pointed out that Hannitywhod told the Times Jim Rutenberg in the piece
that he was not a journalisthad previously called himself a journalist.
Rutenberg himself took Hannity to task for his lack of honesty, and called
the entire networks behavior into question. (Roger Ailes, the former head of
Fox News, is also reportedly advising his fellow feminist Trump.) Whether or
not Hannity is a journalist, he should certainly be honest with viewers,
which he has not been. But the mini-scandal seemed to be fueled by a wish for
Hannity to comport himself according to the abstemious norms of Serious
Journalism. Why? Hannity is self-actualizing before our very eyes. Hes a
hack in full now, and everyone knows it.
Even if Hannitys relationship with Trump is unsurprising, there can be no
denying that the host has placed himself into a special category of
bootlicker this year. While its true that conservative personalities from
Rush Limbaugh to Foxs own Bill OReilly have tied themselves in knots trying
to explain the giant pile of horseshit and arrant nonsense that is Donald
Trump, Hannity has gone further than one would have thought possible. In his
numerous interviews with the candidate, he has acted as a conduit for
whatever message the Trump campaign is trying to get across to the base. He
has also helped Trump avoid gaffes that his nonbase might not appreciate.
Back in April, ThinkProgress found that Hannity had interviewed Trump 41
times since the start of his presidential run in June 2015; the candidate
didnt make news once. Hannity has also begun circulating some of the Trump
campaigns (more) insane theories, such as those about Hillary Clintons
health. (My favorite Hannity questions consist of his asking Trump why the
rest of the media is asking Trump actual questions.)