Sean Hannity: The New Face of State-Run Propaganda

Apr 20, 2018

Words by Alexander Kamczyc 

Sean Hannity: The New Face of State-Run Propaganda

Sean Hannity, noted Fox News anchor and famous bridge troll, loves Donald Trump. Like, he really loves him; it’s almost as if he founded a fan club that only he is a part of. It’s so bad even other Fox anchors like Shepard Smith have called into question the opinionated journalism of Hannity and others that find a home with Fox News.

Well, this week we finally found out why.

As it turns out, Sean Hannity is a client of Michael Cohen, the personal attorney of Donald Trump. This possesses a massive breach in ethics for Hannity who claims to be a journalist reporting the news (sort of), especially because this provides a connection between the reporter and the president that’s more than just, “They’re both Republicans.”

Along with Hannity and Trump, Cohen has also represented Elliott Broidy, an RNC finance chair in a $1.6 million settlement with a Playboy model who he got pregnant. That, however, is a whole other story that we don’t have time to talk about right now.

This information was uncovered as part of a raid on Michael Cohen’s office that was conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his investigation into the Russian meddling of the 2016 presidential election. Hannity railed against the raid as a “Witch Hunt” and that Mueller has “declared war on Trump.”

“You think Hillary Clinton’s attorneys had their offices raided during this email investigation? Not a chance,” Hannity said on air when news broke of the raid of Michael Cohen’s offices and hotel, even though there have been multiple investigations into Clinton’s decisions involving her email server. James Comey also announced that he re-opened the investigation days before the 2016 presidential election after saying that she did nothing illegal prior to that.

It’s this classic whataboutism that has plagued both Republican and liberal pundits alike. As a journalist, we are supposed to report the news without bias (which is extremely hard to do these days, especially for me when I write this column). We are not supposed to defend people we have secret connections with, no matter how big or small. If you did, normally you would disclose that to your readers or viewers, something that Hannity did not.

It’s a conflict of interest.

We don’t know the extent to which Hannity, Cohen and Trump are connected, but that’s not the point. The point is that regardless of what connections you have with Cohen, you still have a connection with him, so in turn, you have a connection with the president of the United States of America. Hannity has been covering the Mueller investigation since the beginning and has even invited Michael Cohen on his show to discuss it in the past. Why did he never mention that they had a relationship outside of the show?

I also want to acknowledge the fact that I think liberal journalists (or liberals in general) defending certain Democrats when they do something wrong is just as bad as when Hannity does the same for Trump. However, as far as I can see, none of the liberal journalists have a conflict of interest like this when it comes down to who they’re defending.

Fox has also acknowledged the recent update and breach in ethics with Hannity and Cohen also.

“While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.”

Which is fair; you don’t want to jump ship immediately after something like this is revealed. But still, how can someone review the matter as quickly as that? The news only broke a few days ago. You don’t want to sit on it and think about it for a bit? Let it sink in that your top commentator also has a conflict of interest with his job?

Personally, I think Hannity is a joke. He isn’t a journalist; he’s a talk show host pretending to be one. While I sometimes find myself agreeing with things he says, most of the time it’s just mindless drivel to me. He’s what Stephen Colbert was when he was still at Comedy Central.

A farce of a Fox News anchor.

I want to end this piece with a quote from Fox News’ Shepard Smith. It was in response to Hannity calling Smith anti-trump:

“Sometimes facts are displeasing. Journalists report them without fear or favor.”