And he employs three sham commentators to legitimize his claims. We have the ‘reporter,’ Sara A. Carter, the ‘lawyer’ Gregg Jarrett, and the ‘expert,’ (Dr.) Sebastian Gorka
Let’s get this straight, if United States President Donald Trump is truly at war with the media, then I volunteer to join the infantry. Our target: State TV Fox News. Trump is the Commander, Sean Hannity is Trump’s general, and Hannity’s regular guests are the his lieutenants.
If we are aiming to eventually reveal Trump’s lies to all Americans, we need to take out the mouth of Trump: General Sean Hannity. Only Josef Goebbles was in tighter with his boss, and advanced more propaganda. Although Hannity wants to appear to be a legitimate source of news, behind the scenes, it is a carefully scripted, choreographed, well-edited lie machine.
I firmly believe that behind the scenes, everyone on Hannity knows they are actively deceiving the American public, but refuse to abdicate, staying on the proverbial Titanic, telling everyone else the ship isn’t sinking. I would give anything to be a fly on the wall in one of Hannity‘s planning meetings. They must just look at all the real news that broke that day on the Mueller Investigation and design competing headlines about Hillary Clinton, or James Comey, or Robert Mueller, or Rod Rosenstein, or Trey…you get the idea.
It all seems like some sort of perverse suicide pact, going all the way down for Trump. I hope Donald Trump can reward loyalty when he’s in prison. Oh wait, Trump doesn’t reward loyalty. Never mind. Gen. Hannity and his lieutenants, once proven wrong, will become social pariahs, their fate linked inexorably to Donald Trump’s.
*Fox Hawk note: most of the factual information in this article comes from Media Matters’ bombshell article Introducing the Sean Hannity Expanded Universe, Fox’s anti-Mueller alternative reality by Matt Gertz
This is why self-publishing blogger Sara A. Carter is so important to Hannity’s narrative, and why her sin may be as great, if not more than Sean Hannity’s. Along with Sean and his other lieutenants, Ms. Carter has sold her reputation for temporary fame on Hannity.
Sara A. Carter Brief Bio
Coming from the news app Circa around the same time as fellow conservative writer John Solomon. Solomon would go on to be a vice president at another online news outlet, The Hill. However, Ms. Carter did not go on to other employment, but did publish her own articles from her own blog site. Sara Carter asserts that all her articles are fact-checked, including vetting sources
descent of Ms. Carter’s career wasn’t quite over yet. ItShe is the ‘reporter’ that frequently appears on Hannity to break news on the Russia/Trump narrative, from Trump’s point of view. She has broken such stories as the FISA warrant abuse by the FBI and the Republican House Intelligence committee’s controversial memo. She gives what Mr. Hannity says apparent legitimacy.
by Ryan Nelson
Let’s begin with a question: How do you think Sean Hannity wants to be perceived by his audience? Does he want his viewers to see him as a legitimate journalist (evidently the last one)? Or maybe as an outsider who doesn’t care what other ‘fake news’ outlets think about him?
As this clip supports, my money is on the former. Sean Hannity wants, nay, needs his audience to believe that he is but one of many journalists who does legitimate work. Mr. Hannity is taking advantage of the methods of legitimate journalism, without being an actual journalist:
- Sean Hannity tells a lot of lies, but this one is a whopper. Mr. Hannity made his comment right after airing a cluster of quotes from reporters on other networks, among them CNN’s Kate Boulduan: “Pretty amazing how dumb my so-called colleagues in this industry are.” Really? Colleagues? Don’t other people have to consider you an equal before you are a colleague? I can pretty much guarantee that no one else in the news industry considers Sean Hannity a colleague.
Sean attacks the mainstream media, supposedly not caring about the consequences, but what we see here is that Sean Hannity craves the same thing Donald Trump craves: legitimacy.
Put another way, Sean Hannity wants his viewers to see him as a legitimate journalist, a co-equal with his other colleagues in ‘this industry.’ Mr. Hannity constantly tells his viewers that the mainstream media lies to them, and still wants to be considered a journalist, or ‘colleague‘of the liberal news outlets.
Let me be clear: Sean Hannity wants his audience to believe he is a legitimate journalist to afford him the right to cite unnamed sources on his show. Of those who break “news” on Hannity, Mr. Hannity and Sara A. Carter both use anonymous sources in their reporting. So does the Washington Post (WAPO) and the New York Times (NYT)
So what’s the difference between Hannity and WAPO? Nothing…at least that is what Mr. Hannity wants his audience to believe, ‘advocate journalist’ labels aside.
In the real world (let’s call it Earth 1, like DC does) of journalism, it is understood that when a reporter uses an anonymous source, it is only as a last resort. There can be a myriad of reasons why a credible source would want to remain nameless.
Currently, the news breaking about the inner workings of the Trump Administration reveals a certain kind of anonymous source, or in Trump’s words, a “leaker.” The common thread for this particular set of unnamed sources (assumedly White House aides), fear of retribution from an employer (usually the White House) over not being authorized to speak on the topic. This is what we call a leak.
We (the public) would’ve been concerned that thesources of these White House leaks were lying if the White House didn’t usually confirm their veracity with a public statement.
For example, when the NYT broke the news that then-head of the CIA Mike Pompeo was dispatched to North Korea to push for a US/NK summit, Donald Trump initially denied the Times’ story on Twitter. A couple of days later, the White House confirmed that the NYT reporting was correct.
And who can forget Kelly Sadler, the White House communications aide that made the ‘he’s dying anyway’ comment about John McCain and his opposition to (now) CIA Director Gina Haspel for her role in using torture to obtain information from post-9/11 terrorists.
Reporters submit their sources to an editor for a rigorous vetting process. In the end, it is the information from the source that is vital, not the name of the person. Basically, we as news consumers accept the publication’s promise that their source is a legitimate person with knowledge of the issue at hand, and the publishers’ reputation grows when they are proven right over time about the information provided by the source.
Enter Sean Hannity.
On Hannity and Trump’s Earth 2 (a parallel dimension where Trump didn’t collude with Russia, but is being framed by the very real Deep State), Hannity cites his secret sources to refute other news stories harmful to Donald Trump.
The paramount example of Hannity’s ‘own sources’ is when Sean Hannity questioned the accuracy of a NYT article that said President Trump had tried to mandate White House lawyer Don Mcghan to fire Robert Mueller during the summer of 2017. Only when Mcghan threatened to resign did the President rescind his order. On his show that night, Mr. Hannity told his viewers “The New York Times is trying to distract you.”
Sean went on to say that he had checked with many of his sources, who did not confirm the Times’ reporting. At the end of that same episode, Sean Hannity admitted that his friend and fellow Fox News host Ed Henry confirmedthe NYT article was true.
Evidently, Mr. Hannity’s sources are unreliable, if not made up. Oh yeah and Sean? It doesn’t matter if President Trump is your secret source, because this case proves that even he is an unreliable source of information.
Sara A. Carter’s articles are “too thinly sourced even for the network’s (Fox News) own website.” Sara is the one reporter who “produces ‘reporting’ to validate Hannity’s claims about an anti-Trump ‘deep state’ conspiracy.” –Media Matters. Not even the Fox News app will publish Ms. Carter’s stories. She publishes on a private blog andinsists she uses an editor to check her work, but she has refused to provide the name of her editor.
Ms. Carter is a different kind of guest on Hannity. She’s the one breaking the stories about Republicans’ effort in the House of Representatives to sideline and discredit the Russia Investigation. Sometimes I think Sara Carter’s secret source is Devin Nunes. Not Trey Gowdy, though. Anymore, anyways.
On a side note, where has Devin Nunes been since he, Gowdy, and other representatives from the legislature met with Rod Rosenstein to see classified documents about the FBI supposedly putting a spy into the Trump presidential campaign? As of today, silent.
Of course the irony is that Sean Hannity tries to delegitimize real news because of their anonymous sourcing:
A total lie, Fake news. Phony “anonymous sources”. Amazing how the left wing media just makes Sh&)(: up.https://www.thedailybeast.com/sean-hannity-has-been-advising-donald-trump-on-the-nunes-memo-because-of-course-he-has …6:08 PM – Feb 1, 2018
Haha Shocking. “Anonymous sources” again!! Name names!!Maybe these anonymous people can work at@CNN and help with Fake News. Or I can…..https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/866861575344459 8:41 PM – May 22, 2017
Sean Hannity is sounding more and more like that kid who can’t get into a club, who then brings his mom to the clubhouse to make the other kids let her Sean into the club.
Then when little Sean Hannity’s mom couldn’t get him into the club, Sean yelled, with a red face and tears streaming out of his eyes: “I don’t want to be in your stupid club anyways! I’m going to start my own club, and we’re going to be better than you! We’re going to make people think we’re just like you, but we’re not going to follow the same rules! You’ll see…”