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There are 2 repercussions that weren't discussed: 1) the clear evidence that Hannity was deeply involved in internal WH discussions eviscerates many of the 'privilege' claims asserted by Trump and his inner circle in their refusal to cooperate with the 1/6 Committee, 2) Hannity's texts likely provide an opportunity for the voting machine manufacturers suing Fox to strengthen their defamation cases (even add Hannity specifically to the suits) since he was clearly advising Trump as an operative, clearly acting in bad faith, and it's significant that he's represented by a Trump attorney vs a Fox attorney. He's now strengthened the cases against his own employers.
Keep the heat on 'em Eric. It's working!
It's great to see Faux getting called out by Jan. 6 Select Committee for their indirect complicity in the January 6 insurrection.
Methinks Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro, Brian Kilmeade, and the other primetime noisemakers stupidly believed they could influence Trump.
Obviously, they already knew he was totally unhinged, but by secretly keeping their true feelings about him, they were willing to endanger American democracy in order to enrich themselves.
Anyway, I recently saw the Late Late Show with James Corden episode where he mentions in the monologue that Biden got a 60% disapproval rating on a CNBC poll over his handling of the economy. He also got 55% disapproval rating for his handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Seriously, the American mainstream media establishment's harsh, distorted & dishonest coverage of the Biden administration all in the name of clicks & views is hurting his presidency.
Piling up bad news all in the name of "fair & balanced" reporting to pander to conservatives, while downplaying &/or ignoring this adminstration's legislative successes just because Biden isn't a human content-generating machine like Trump is not just hurting the administraton, it's hurting the entire country.
Hannity and the other members of Trump's Fox Cabinet tried to use their one time on-air condemnations of the violence as a shield to deflect their incitement before, and their "it was no big deal" dismissal, after 1/6. The Committee has uncovered Hannity's awareness of, and complicity in, Trump's deliberate attempt to overturn the election. His lament that the mentally unstable Trump couldn't be reasoned with is laughable. Trump didn't *suddenly* get crazy.
I'm very curious about what Trump was telling Hannity that alarmed the latter enough to send these tweets. Seems to me that Trump was getting more and more frantic and insane as the days were progressing.
This is a great report, Eric. Thank you!
This revelation that a prominent news “personality” Sean Hannity likely had inside news of a coup attempt and did not report it is indeed shocking. It’s another fail of our political press, though entirely in keeping with his own ethics and that of his employer.
But then again we have seen book sales from Woodward, Karl, and other journalists that had scoops that should have been reported contemporaneously, too.
It’s interesting that the FNC hosts were frantic and fearful and yet it looks like that as a practical matter, 1/6 will have far less lasting repercussions than one would expect or hope. A little fascinating how they panicked and misjudged things.
To be clear, that’s just an observation and in no way an endorsement. But I should add that the failure of our elected officials to respond properly by at least protecting the power of the vote (elections without power is what you get in a non-democratic state of course) is telling. Bu, you know, a couple of decades of neglecting a problem just lets it worsen.
Murdock and company have blood on their hands. All of the texts from Hannity, Ingraham and the rest of those talking clowns can't erase the fact that their schmoozing of Trump for four years prior is what helped to lead this delusional psychopath to ultimately decide on January 6th's course of action. Of course none of them over at Fox will ever see time because in the US, having money and being white keeps you safe from the law. Had the writers of the HBO series Succession presented this reality as a script, it likely would have been passed over for not being believable.
I have a stupid question: Didn't Hannity have a duty to report a conspiracy to overthrow the government?? Clearly, he was more than a bystander. Why didn't he go to the FBI?
This made me so happy to read this morning. It never occurred to me that the Jan. 6th Committee was media-savvy. Who exactly? Is it the representatives themselves or their staff? Anyone know who is directing all of this? Also, Merrick Garland better say something significant tomorrow or this good mood is going to change.
How nice it would be if the media in DC treated Fux Noise the way the January 6 committee does.
I'm going to offer an asterisk and a footnote, as my idol Vin Scully liked to say. Krock TRIED to be an adviser (and he did help JFK get his thesis published), but FDR really grew to hate him, and JFK and his people found him very conservative. But Krock had power, no question about it.
What boggles the mind here is why Trump revealed himself to be a psychotic narcissist, yet after Jan. 6th Fox chose to prop him up as the cheated and aggrieved former president. It is hard to imagine any media outlet so dependent upon Trump voters for its ratings.
But remember the cozy friendship Trump had with Hannity, those nightly phone calls in particular. Trump would ask Hannity's advice on everything. And Trump himself was addicted to "Fox and Friends," watching every morning in his bathrobe and sometimes calling in to the show.
Fox has been trying to win back their Trump fans, especially after Fox declared on election night that Biden won Georgia. Trump was livid. I think he's probably apoplectic over the text messages revealed by the Jan. 6 committee, and worrying about his ratings.
I can’t help but think this publicly honest effort to expose the maga professional crowd for the cynical grifters and perpetual liars they are will have a snowball effect on the ability to affectuate a bipartisan, cooperative congress in the future….. nah. Probably won’t be beyond this committee. However, I can continue to hope. Another thing, hope sucks.
“even though he isn’t one.” Haha! Perfect.
Trump probably canceled the press conference, because nobody wanted to cover it or watch it. And seriously, what legacy? He was a failed president in every way it was possible to fail. These people truly are delusional.