Sean Hannity’s Achilles’ Heel: the first segment of his show every night
The first five or so minutes of Hannity every night is a roundup of the day’s breaking news. Sean Hannity does not write that segment, it is written by staffers at Fox News who are journalists and responsible to report the truth.
Here’s the rub: Sean Hannity has to read this section verbatim, even if it contradicts all the other stories Mr. Hannity reports on. I propose this because it is in that first five minute segment that I have heard Mr. Hannity cite an article from The Washington Post or The New York Times as true. He doesn’t call it Fake News, even if it is damaging to Donald Trump.
It is in his second segment, the opening monologue, Sean Hannity turns back into the opinion journalist we all know.
The authors of this opening segment on Hannity have secretly been sending us signals that they know that Sean Hannity is lying. They put true articles by the Times and the Post into Hannity’s opening segment.
Don’t believe me? Watch the opening segment of Hannity from April 17, 2018, where Sean Hannity cuts to an update from Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts.
Roberts repeatedly affirms that the article he is reporting on is true and genuine. Oh yeah, that article? It came out in the Post. And Sean Hannity couldn’t do anything about it.
Let’s remember, the Hannity show that aired on the 17th of April was one day after Sean Hannity was revealed to be a client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Hannity has invited Mr. Cohen as a guest on his show at least 16 times, and Sean never disclosed that Cohen represented him. It took a court order to tell the world about this glaring conflict of interest.
Fox News, after it learned of Mr. Hannity’s relationship to Mr. Cohen, released this statement:
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.
Seeing that the executives at Fox News weren’t going to punish Mr. Hannity for his faux pas, John Roberts said live on Hannity that the Washington Post reports the truth.
Fact #1: John Roberts, Fox News Chief White House Correspondent appeared on the second segment of Sean Hannity’s show on April 17, 2018. For his report, Mr. Roberts cited an article by the Washington Post (the Post) breaking the news that CIA director Mike Pompeo secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the Easter weekend to discuss Un’s possible meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Fact #2: Sean Hannity has been a frequent critic of the Post, calling it one of the ‘fake news’ outlets. Here is proof:
Mr. Hannity, if he reported on a story that the Post broke as true, not as fake news, he would literally be contradicting himself, right? Right.
It seems the legitimate journalist arm at Fox News is also aware that Mr. Hannity regularly cites stories broken by The Washington Post and The New York Times as true reporting. In fact, they are responsible for it. The Hannity show has a very specific schedule to follow. Hannity begins a segment I call the ‘real news,’ where Mr. Hannity does a brief breakdown of the day’s news Fox is covering.
Here is the thing, that segment is not authored by Hannity or his staff. Fox News’ legitimate news wing writes these segments, and Sean Hannity has to read them as written.
This is the exchange between John Roberts and Sean Hannity during their segment of Hannity: (4/17/2018, bold added by author for emphasis. Again, I apologize for the length of the quotes, but I don’t want to be accused of cherry-picking. As always, the quotes in Fox Hawk are copied and pasted directly from foxnews.com):
HANNITY: Meanwhile, also, there is a bombshell report from ‘The Washington Post’ alleging that Mike Pompeo met with North Korean North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the Easter weekend.
Here with more information on that from Mar-a-Lago is Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts.
John, that is a big development.
JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Sean, good evening to you.
First of all, kudos to ‘The Washington Post’ because everybody that we have contacted from the White House to the CIA to people who are at the NSC and peripherally attached to intelligence have all said, this is something that we cannot comment on. No comment, which would seem to give a little more credence to the idea that ‘The Washington Post’ article is in fact accurate and as they reported tonight, Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, went to Pyongyang over the Easter weekend and sat down to have face-to-face talks with Kim Jong Un.
The premise of those talks would have been to lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. Now, President Trump has been speaking, since Easter, very positive terms, as far as a potential for a meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying it could happen sometime in late May or maybe even early June.
And today at Mar-a-Lago, as he was meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump indicating that talks had been taking place at the highest levels, lead us to believe for a short period of time earlier today that it might have been the president himself who had telephone conversations with Kim Jong Un. But now we learn from ‘The Washington Post’ that it was his CIA director.
Listen to how the president was putting it tonight at Mar-a-Lago.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REPORTER: Who in the administration had talked with North Korea directly, sir?
REPORTER: Have you been speaking directly with them?
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Yes.
We’ve had talks at highest level. Well, let’s leave it a little bit short of that. But we’ve had talks at the highest level. Yes. And it’s going very well, but we’ll see what happens.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ROBERTS: The White House actually issued a clarification tonight, Sean, when it was believed in might have been the president who spoke to Kim Jong Un. They said, no, talks at the highest levels, which again would lend credence to this report that it was the CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
The president also went further than he has gone before when meeting with Shinzo Abe and talking to the press pool to say that a possible location for a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, this would absolutely be historic, Sean, has been narrowed down to five possible locations. The president wouldn’t say what those locations were, but I’m told a couple of potentials might be Hanoi, Vietnam, because Vietnam, up until recently, had pretty good relations with North Korea. Also Singapore, I am told, was a possibility.
But it looks like those talks would not be held on the Korean peninsula nor were they be held in Beijing or Moscow because anything that was said during those meetings would instantaneously go to the ears of the Chinese and Russians. So, they have to find some sort of semi-neutral third ground to meet on. But it looks like they are close — Sean.
HANNITY: All right. John Roberts, amazing, possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We’ll follow that very closely.
Did you read along as John Roberts boldly went where no one has gone before? He showed, live on Hannity, that the Washington Post does in fact publish the truth. And Sean Hannity did not contest Mr. Roberts’ statement.
Of course, to highlight the ‘isn’t that a fundamental contradiction?‘ portion of his show, immediately after reporting on a true story broken by the Post, Mr. Hannity began his opening monologue like this:
“HANNITY: If you bothered watching the fake news media in the past 24 hours, which I do not recommend, you may have noticed they have a new obsession, and a new target to feign their moral outrage at, and they have decided to hyperventilate and go wall-to-wall with hysterical coverage about me. The media in this country has zero credibility.”
4/9/2018: The FBI, working with Southern District of New York investigators, raided Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen’s offices, home, and hotel room. They had a warrant signed by a judge. The FBI took every relevant record from Cohen, including cell phones, physical files, computers and audio tapes.
4/16/2018: During a hearing with prosecutors and defense lawyers, judge Kimba Wood addressed Micheal Cohen’s attorneys concerning a filing they had made asking that they not be forced to disclose the name of Mr. Cohen’s ‘mystery client.’
Court records show that during 2017, Mr. Cohen only had three clients: US President Donald Trump, Republican Party donor Elliott Broidy, and one other client who requested to not have his name released. It was Sean Hannity. When Cohen lawyer Stephen Ryan said Mr. Hannity’s name, there was an audible gasp in the courtroom.