Friday, March 9, 2018
On Friday, March 18, the Hannity show on Fox News failed to mention that President Trump signed an executive order for tariffs (taxes) on foreign imports of steel and aluminum.
He did mention President Trump’s historic invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to a sit down meeting to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
This is not the first time Fox News has failed to report significant, publicly verifiable news that sheds a negative light on the President.
On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Mr. Hannity castigated the liberal media for failing to report significant news, which , according to Hannity, was new texts released from Peter Strzok and Lisa page.
That’s nice, but do you know what other news story broke that day? The resignation of disgraced former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. None of the hosts of Fox News prime time mentioned the Porter development.
Why not? It wasn’t Fake News; the White House itself released the information about Porter.
Irony of ironies, this is what Mr. Hannity said about the mainstream media not covering the Strzok/Page story:
“It’s called bias of omission, and today it was on full display,” (https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-ignores-rob-porter-abuse-trump-hannity-ingraham-tucker-carlson)
Hmm… that sounds like something we would say about Fox News forgetting to mention the Rob Porter story. Bias of omission.
Mr. Hannity beat the mainstream media to the punch, preemptively accusing them of the omission of the bigger headline about FBI texts.
Well, it looks like Mr. Hannity has done it again. Today, he failed to mention the current controversy between President Trump and House Republicans over the Tariff Trump signed today.
Wasn’t that big news? The Fox News ticker running on the bottom of the screen while Hannity’s show aired thought so.
What would you say was the biggest news story today? North Korea sits down with Donald Trump, or Trump’s signing of the tariffs? I believe the North Korean announcement was huge, but the tariff news was a pretty big announcement, too.
Here are the two news stories:
1. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited President Donald Trump to a sit down meeting. Trump agreed to an undetermined date in May for the summit, the first one ever between a U. S. President and the Kim Regime.
This was good news all around, especially for President Trump. No other sitting President has ever accomplished a sit-down invitation from North Korea.
2. Yesterday President Trump signed an executive order imposing a 25% tariff on imports of steel, and a 15% import tax on aluminum.
Members of his own party in congress objected to the tariff, saying it would have a greater net negative effect than positive effect on the U.S. economy. The tariff would to help the 130,000 or so American steel workers who stand to gain secure employment through the tariff.
Congressional Republicans, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, firmly objected to the President’s proposed tariff. Ryan, a longtime Trump agenda advocate, said this about the Trump Tariff:
“I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences. I am pleased that the president has listened to those who share my concerns and included an exemption for some American allies, but it should go further. We will continue to urge the administration to narrow this policy so that it is focused only on those countries and practices that violate trade law.” (https://www.npr.org/2018/03/08/591744195/trump-expected-to-formally-order-tariffs-on-steel-aluminum-imports)
President Trump’s tariff issue is unique news because it is the first time Republicans in both the House and Senate have openly disagreed with the President.
We saw signs of a possible break after the Florida Parkland shooting when Republicans began to caution the President about making a quick policy decision about gun control. On Tariffs, both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnel have spoken publicly against the tariffs.
Mr. Hannity seems to omits significant news that doesn’t jibe with his narratives of how Donald Trump is doing great. The thing is, Fox News does report this kind of news, sometimes in the Fox News Ticker at the bottom of the TV screen during Hannity’s show.
And where is Mr. Hannity’s reporting on Gary Cohn? Security Clearance-less Jared Kushner? These stories are not fake news, they are publicly verifiable facts found on the White Houses website.
On Mr. Hannity’s show today, he didn’t mention once, not once, the tariff news. This is an issue that could divide the Republican party and undermine the tax cuts that congress just passed in January.
I think tonight’s episode of Hannity has made my job the easiest it has ever been. It serves as a metaphor for the essential contradiction I see with Mr. Hannity’s show.
He reports one thing while major news drops all around him. This sentiment was cemented in my mind as Sean Hannity touted Mr. Trump’s first year accomplishments (not mentioning the tariffs) while the Fox News ticker flashed across the bottom of the screen detailing the falling out between Trump and congressional Republicans. Here is the ticker post:
*FOX NEWS* SEN RON JOHNSON (R-WI), CHAIR OF SENATE’S HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CMTE, LAUNCHES REVIEW OF PRESIDENT TRUMP”S DECISION TO IMPOSE TARIFFS ON STEEL AND ALUMINUM IMPORTS… JOHNSON ASKED COMMERCE SECY WILBUR ROSS FRI FOR A “DETAILED COST ANALYSIS” OF TARIFF’S IMPACTS ON ECONOMY, AND HOW EMPLOYMENT LEVELS AND NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS INFLUENCED THE DECISION TO LEVY TARIFFS… JOHNSON AND OTHER REPUBS, AS WELL AS SEVERAL FOREIGN COUNTRIES, HAVE CRITICIZED THE PLANNED TARIFFS, WHICH ARE SET AT 25% FOR STEEL IMPORTS AND 10% FOR ALUMINUM… THE EU HAS WARNED THAT IT STANDS READY TO SLAP RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON U.S. PRODUCTS, WHILE CHINA ACCUSES THE TRUMP ADMIN OF DAMAGING THE GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM…HOWEVER, TRUMP SAID THE TARIFF HIKES ORDERED THURSDAY ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY BY ENSURING THE SURVIVAL OF THE COUNTRY’S METAL PRODUCERS *FOX NEWS*
Fox’s ticker did my job for me.
Times the word ‘apoplectic’ was used in tonight’s episode: 2.