Actually, the real Fall of Fox began not on the 12th, but on Wednesday, April 11, at 5:48 pm. That is when The United States President Donald Trump tweeted this:
Then, Sean Hannity retweeted the President’s tweet.
Then, at 9:00 pm, Sean Hannity mustered all his strength and gave what I would call a death-rattle show. If I had to sum up in one sentence what Hannity ‘reported’ on his April 11th show, I would say this: Sean Hannity was channeling President Trump’s mind. Not literally, of course, but the show’s content definitely seemed like something Donald Trump, you know, aware ahead of time, would tweet about.
What could it be that has been causing such consternation for Sean Hannity and Donald Trump? What could be so scary to them that they needed to plan a special episode of Hannity and then promote it together?
Answer: James Comey. The former FBI director who was fired by Donald Trump and then quickly became the impetus for the appointment of Robert Mueller to look into Russian collusion. Mr. Comey’s accounts of various one-on-one interactions with the President during the first months of the Trump Presidency are sharply contradicted by POTUS himself. A tell-all book could be devastating for the President politically, personally, and impeachabally (is that a word? It is now).
Hannity has been pleading with James Comey nightly for a few weeks at least to exercise his fifth amendment right to remain silent. Donald Trump is scared of two Americans: James Comey and Robert Mueller. Since Mr. Mueller ain’t talkin’ right now, and it looks like Mr. Comey is, it’s time to discredit James Comey. Hannity that night was an hour-long character assassination James Comey. I think POTUS may have been watching.
The next day, April 12th, The Washington Post wrote a reaction to the apparent collusion of Hannity and Trump before his show aired as to what would be ‘reported’ on his show that night. I recommend the article to all Fox Hawks. I was actually upset to get scooped by the Washington Post, but when I thought about it, I am honored to get scooped by the Washington Post.
Now, we come to the Thursday show of Hannity. If we call Hannity’s Wednesday show the first punch, and we call WaPo’s reaction the second punch, consider Thursday’s Hannity as the third swing. In Thursday’s show, Mr Hannity responded to the Washington Post’s article about him, then went into Wednesday’s show, continued.
It is on this Thursday show that the Hannity production team used a Fox News dirty trick a little too obviously, making Fox Hawk’s job a lot easier. The dirty trick is this: Fox News airs old quotes and leads its viewers to believe that the quotes are current.
On his Thursday show, Sean Hannity set up the a montage of clips that (according to Hannity) show how James Comey’s friends are currently reacting to Mr. Comey’s decision to release his tell-all book.
HANNITY: Here is Comey’s best friend’s today. Watch this.
What followed was a video montage of quotes ranging from October 28 through December 10, 2016, obviously not “today,” as Mr. Hannity implied
For Proof, see this YouTube video of Hannity from 4/12/2018. The segment I am referring to starts at 10 minutes 17 seconds and goes until 12 minutes 30 seconds. It is in that 2 minutes 13 sec that Sean Hannity unintentionally pulled back the curtain and let America see one of the biggest secrets and lies at Fox News: They show old video, but imply that it is current.
*Fox Hawk notice: All the quotes in this article from Sean Hannity are copied and pasted directly from Hannity transcripts, available at foxnews.com. As always, any italics or bold are added to quotes by the Fox Hawk for emphasis.
For the context of how I came to realize Fox News’ dirty tactic, let me set the stage for you.
Around 10:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018, I was relaxing on my couch, watching various pointless videos on my computer. As I lay there, I also put on some news programs that I record daily to watch after I return from work.
I usually put Hannity on first, as his is the funnest for me to watch. I can’t turn away from train wrecks.
The important thing here is that I was listening to Hannity’s broadcast, not watching. This particular episode was par for the course for Mr. Hannity.
He shared some opinions in his opening monologue, telling his viewers to “prepare to be outraged.” Then, he referred to himself as an “opinion journalist.” *Ahem…Mr. Hannity? May I postulate an inquiry at this point? What is the difference between a journalist and an opinion journalist?
Oh yeah, another news story was getting a lot of attention on Hannity because Tuesday the 12th: James Comey announced he would release a tell-all book about his encounters as head of the FBI with Donald Trump, leading up to Comey’s dismissal by Trump on May 9, 2017. As you might imagine, Sean Hannity was not too happy that Mr. Comey wrote a potentially damaging account of his interactions with President Trump.
To assert his argument that allies of James Comey had turned on him as a result of Comey’s decision to write and release a tell-all book, Sean Hannity sets up the montage in these words:
HANNITY: Here is Comey’s best friend’s today. Watch this.
The next clip began with David Gregory, a CNN political analyst. He said this:
DAVID GREGORY, JOURNALIST: — is the extent to which the FBI director of the United States is allowing himself to be interjected into this political campaign, unprecedented.
As I lay on the couch, passively absorbing both Hannity and YouTube, my ears perked up. “Huh?” I thought, “Why would a friend of James Comey accuse him of injecting himself into the 2018 US Midterm Elections?” The quote, as Fox News video editors put together for Hannity, made it seem that David Gregory was stating that by releasing his book now, he is interjecting himself into “this political campaign.”
I sat up and looked at my TV. What? When did David Gregory say this, because I heard Sean Hannity say Here is Comey’s best friend’s today.With no other audio cue to let me know when these quotes were said, I assumed every quote in the video segment was current, meaning from today and about James Comey’s releasing of his book: A Higher Loyalty.
Then, the next part of the video segment cut to another person chastising Mr. Comey for interfering in the 2018 election.
MARK HALPERIN, JOURNALIST: James Comey is getting horrible advice. He is interfering in this election. I don’t understand what the guy’s doing.
Okay, okay, I told myself, this is a little weird, if these men are allies of Mr. Comey, why would they condemn his releasing the book?
Then, oh then, came the icing on the cake. Shumer. Chuck Shumer was saying this in the next segment:
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER, D-NEW YORK: He’s got a big burden of proof, so to speak, on him for what he did, for what seems to be such an appalling act that goes against the tradition of prosecutors at every level of government. It was — when I heard about it, I found it hard to believe that Comey, who I thought I had some degree of integrity, would do this.
Now I knew there was something fishy going on…Chuck Schumer condemning James Comey for releasing his book? Uh-uh. something was up, so I rewound Hannity and watched the part I heard, this time I was paying a lot of attention. I went to the part with David Gregory. The little black box on the top left of the screen said October 28, 2016.
From how Sean Hannity had set up these clips, I thought these were current quotes. I rewound to make sure I heard Mr. Hannity right. Yup, he said: “Here is Comey’s best friends today.”
But the screen on the video shows David Gregory spoke these words on October 28, 2016. Someone who had only heard Mr. Hannity say “today” would assume that the very next quote played on Hannity was said, hmm…oh, TODAY.
There was no audio cue that the videos directly following Mr. Hannity’s statement were from the past. There were visual cues, however. In addition to the little black box at the top-left of the screen, there was a banner at the bottom of the screen reading : “FLASHBACK: MEDIA AND DEMOCRATS TRASH COMEY.” So if these are old quotes, why is Mr. Hannity implying that they were spoken on April 12, 2018?
I can think of only two reasons: either (1) Sean Hannity is only trying to reach the untapped blind Republican demographic, or (2) Fox News research about it’s audience shows that Fox viewers don’t really read the screen during these ‘revelatory’ montages, they only listen, like I did.
The thing is, if you watched and listened to the incorrectly dated quotes from Hannity last night, those comments seemed like a scathing indictment of Mr. Comey and his decision to release his tell-all book. The only thing is: they weren’t. These quotes can more accurately be attributed to Mr. Comey’s actions leading up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, as they occurred from October 28 through December 10, 2016.
I’ve always thought that one video Sean Hannity has shown regularly on his show was fishy. It was a video of California Senator Diane Feinstein stating that she hadn’t seen any evidence of Trump campaign/Russia collusion.
The thing was, Mr. Hannity made it seem like the Feinstein quote was said recently, but it had the same date tag as almost a year before. “Yeah,” I would think to myself, “but what would Diane Feinstein say right now?”
Now we know why. Sean Hannity implied to his audience that a video montage on his show was current, as in the quotes in the video were said recently. The video was full of old quotes.
What follows are more screenshots from the now infamous “Mr. Comey’s friends today” video: