The political website RedState wrote an accusatory article to Sean Hannity Wednesday, in what appeared to be a response to Hannity’s fury at being characterized a Trump promoter.
RedState aggregated content from ThinkProgress saying. “I don’t like quoting ThinkProgress, but, in this case, the odious Judd Legum hits the nail on the head:”,
Trump has appeared on Hannity an astonishing 41 times since he announced his campaign last June, often for the entire hour. (On five occasions, Hannity replayed extensive excerpts from previous appearances by Trump.) In other words, you can watch Hannity interview Trump about once a week.
Hannity’s role is less of an interviewer than a member of Trump’s campaign staff. During his appearances, Hannity seeks to tamp down controversies, talk up Trump’s poll numbers, and tout his policy proposals. Hannity’s Trump is a reliable conservative with specific ideas who isn’t afraid to take on “PC” culture. Trump’s critics in the media, according to Hannity, are “dumb” “idiots” who don’t understand what’s happening in America.
Hannity has managed to interview Trump for hours without ever coming even close to making news.
Effectively, Hannity has given Trump something that is unprecedented in American politics: A serialized infomercial spanning nearly an entire year, targeted at the most reliable Republican voters, but presented to the public as “news.”
RedState’s article continued with various examples of where they consider Hannity soft peddled with Trump.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hannity responded on his radio show, forcefully defending his coverage of the 2016 race. He asserted that he had offered every one of the GOP candidates equal time on both his radio and TV show. Hitting back at what he considered a ‘hit piece’, Hannity had this to say about the RedState article,
“What bothers me is that you get so-called conservative sites — they’re very pro-Cruz over at RedState. … So the people at RedState, you know what they did? They took John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s surrogate hit-piece website, and they didn’t interview and go and research this themselves,” Hannity told his audience. “All they did was a cut and paste of what Podesta put up there!”
“This is ridiculous that this is how people act,” he later added. “And here’s the worst part about it. I don’t care that John Podesta does it. Who gives a flying rip what he does? I expect them not to be insane. But when our fellow conservative websites want to kill each other like this? How counterproductive is that? So stupid.”
Listen to Hannity’s radio response to the RedState article:
“the furor over Hannity’s softball treatment of Trump has clearly gotten to Hannity.”
He argued Hannity’s “simplistic response” missed “the point of the article.”
The complaint we raised at RedState (and, quite frankly, which was noted with 100% accuracy by ThinkProgress) was not about the number of interviews given to Donald Trump, it was about the fact that when Hannity “interviews” Trump, he does so without generating any actual news or friction at all.
The last time Hannity had Cruz on his show, he spouted Trump-generated talking points at Cruz, to the point that Cruz’s campaign mused openly during the interview that they might never appear on Hannity’s show again. Hannity has likewise blasted Marco Rubio as an inauthentic flip-flopper on immigration. Hannity has aggressively grilled Rand Paul on his views about the military, foreign intervention, and torture.
When he interviews Donald Trump, it’s mostly to confront him about how awesome he is. And that was the point of the piece.
There is no doubt that Hannity is a conservative who goes easier on conservative candidates than say he would on Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. He agrees with Conservative politics so obviously will not aggressively argue against something that he agrees with. What do you think about the whole Hannity soft peddling with Trump? Chat about it in the chat room:
H/T RedState.com and TheBlaze.com
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