Does that make sense?
Man, I love watching Sean Hannity these days. If you’ve ever wondered what it is like when somebody stares directly at the sun, then turns around and denies that the sun exists, watch Sean Hannity.
Today was a banner day for this who believe that Donald Trump and his campaign did collude with the Russian government to sway the election in favor of Trump. Robert Mueller announced through an indictment that Russia did in fact attempt to interfere in the US 2016 presidential election. Not only did Russia interfere, they did so on behalf of Donald Trump and against Hilary Clinton.
Enter Sean Hannity.
Mr. Hannity’s show was focused more on the fact that the indictment didn’t mention Trump or anyone in his campaign having colluded with Russia. Even though the indictment clearly states that Vladimir Putin’s efforts favored Trump, that part of it never came up in his show.
Evidently Mr. Hannity believes in the ‘buffet’ style of journalism. Pick out what you want, leave what you don’t like.
My favorite quote from Mr. Hannity has got to be from today’s broadcast (2/16/2018). Just look at this quote, the first thing he said on his show:
“And this is a Fox News Alert, welcome to the special edition of Hannity. Now, since the day that President Trump was elected, the media, the left in this country, they have been trying to convince you, the American people, that President Trump colluded with the Russians in order to win the election. We have been telling you there is no evidence, and tonight we have proof: there is still no evidence.” (Sean Hannity, on Hannity, Friday, February 16, 2018, emphasis added by author)
My brother and I laughed out loud when we heard him say this. Proof that there is no evidence, huh?
Logical implausibilities aside, never mind that Robert Mueller (a republican) today released a Federal Indictment against seventeen Russians, one American, and three Russian companies, accusing them of an organized and concerted effort to sow discord and influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Don’t pay any attention to the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (also a republican) confirmed on live television today (2/16/2018) that America’s question for the last year and a half has been answered: The Russians definitely interfered in our election.
Hoax? Witch hunt? Fake news, anyone? The President, who has denied any Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election for quite some time, was directly contradicted by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who Trump himself appointed.
Acting Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be over the Mueller Inquiry, but he had to recuse himself from anything to do with Russia. Mr. Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the campaign and subsequently lied about it to the US senate during his confirmation hearings. Mr. Kislyak is not only close to Vladimir Putin, he is known to have espionage experience from his days in the KGB.
It doesn’t help when you call the mainstream media ‘fake news,’ and in the next sentence cite the New York Times in your reporting. Does that make sense? Not to say that the New York Times is printing lies, no, Hannity cites the Times because they were the first ones to break whatever story Hannity he is citing.
Does that make sense? It seems everyone in the news industry has a catchphrase they use to sign off at the end of their night broadcast. Edward R. Murrow had “Good night, and good luck.” Walter Cronkite would close his shoes with “And that’s the way it is…”
Even my personal hero, Rachel Maddow, has discovered her own catchphrase quite serendipitously. Reporting on all the somewhat overwhelming news cycle these days, after one quite odd story, she looked at the camera and said: “That’s weird.”
If I ever get to sign off after broadcasting the news, even if it is my YouTube channel, my sign-off is “Does that make sense?” That question is what I ask myself on a daily basis while I’m trying to put together Mr. Hannity’s narrative. By the way, it doesn’t.
I figured it out. I finally figured out the answer to my question of why Mr. Hannity and President Trump would accuse Hillary Clinton of the exact same thing the President was himself accused of, namely, colluding with the Russians to influence the 2016 Presidential election.
“Why not accuse Hillary Clinton of something plausible?,” I would say to myself. Journalists have for years reported that Vladmir Putin loathes Hillary Clinton (as online news site Politico described on July 7, 2016 https://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/clinton-putin-226153).
In December 2011, this article states, Russians were protesting en masse in Moscow, accusing Vladmir Putin of rigging recent elections. As far as who was to blame for the election tampering allegation, Mr. Putin’s ire was focused on one person: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Shortly before the riots on the streets of Moscow, Clinton had condemned Russia’s parliamentary elections as dishonest and unfair.
Fast forward to the 2016 US Presidential Elections. The idea that Russian operatives would take to Facebook and Twitter, disguising themselves as US citizens, to advocate on behalf of Hillary Clinton on orders from Vladmir Putin is downright laughable.
The answer: Sean Hannity is ‘mirror accusing’ Hillary Clinton of Russian collusion to use the same developments breaking in the Trump/Russia story to justify his Clinton/Russia narrative. It really is ingenious.
Every charge and news development that comes out about Donald Trump can be re-imagined to indicate Hillary Clinton (with some hefty mental logic jumps and specious reasoning).
On Hannity today, while virtually all other news organizations reported that Russia intervened in the election on behalf of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton, Mr. Hannity reported that this indictment confirms that Russia intervened in the election for Hillary and against Donald Trump.
Today’s example of Sean Hannity twisting the developments of a real story to fit his own narrative is typical. After reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 17 Russians is as true, Mr. Hannity went on to surmise that the indictment supports Donald Trump’s assertion of NO COLLUSION (the all caps is from a White House release about the indictment).
Mr. Hannity then took things to the next level of self-contradiction by asserting that it was his show that was reporting Russian Collusion all along. The examples he cited of the ‘real’ Russian Collusion were the same accusations he has levied at Hillary Clinton for the last year.
Uranium one: Hillary Clinton Colluding with Russia to sell them Uranium mined in the United States. This accusation has never been given legitimacy by any credible reporting because it is unsupported any evidence on public record. That’s why Sean Hannity’s oft-repeated phrase of “you won’t hear this reported on any other news station” (paraphrased by author).
The second example Hannity gives of Clinton/Russia collusion in the “bought and paid for” Steele Dossier. Hillary Paid for Fusion GPS to hire Richard Steele to ask Russians about Donald Trump.
The Russians obviously lied about Trump’s connections to Putin, then with a wink, Steele dropped off the Dossier of lies to Fusion GPS, who sent it to Mrs. Clinton.
Where is the Sean Hannity from earlier this week, who accused the FBI of corruption, and who asserted that Robert Mueller’s Investigative team is populated with Trump-hating Hillary Clinton sycophants, who are completely bias against the candidate that won.
He forgot one important line in the indictment summarized by Rod Rosenstein in a news conference today: Russia definitely interfered in our election in behalf of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.
No, Mr. Mueller is not charging Trump specifically in today’s bombshell court filing. No, Trump’s campaign is not accused of anything in the indictment. However, this doesn’t mean that Robert Mueller is in any way close to finish filing charges.
Every time a huge indictment drops in the Mueller investigation, the reporters on Fox News treat it as if this were the last Mueller was going to do. I imagine in my head one of the Fox reporters saying: “Mueller files federal indictments against Micheal Flynn (Trump’s 20 day Secretary of Defense) and Paul Manafort (Trump’s ex-campaign manager). The President himself was not indicted, so he is innocent.”
Right. No charges yet. If you’re investigating the most serious violation of US sovereignty ever, you don’t start with accusing the big dog. He comes last.