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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Samantha Bee tries to prove that Sean Hannity is a serial killer
"I know what you’re thinking: You can’t just throw together a bunch of scary buzzwords and out-of-context clips to support an outrageous conclusion," Bee said on this week's Full Frontal. "And normally I would agree with you, but you know who does that all the time? Sean Hannity." ALSO: Fox News held Hannity to a higher standard eight years ago.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Inside Fox News' "surreal moment" learning of Sean Hannity's attorney-client connection to Michael Cohen
Monday's revelation was "shocking, even to those inside Fox News," according to Gabriel Sherman, who specializes in reporting on Fox News. “What the f*ck? This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” one staffer told him. “This is bad,” another Fox staffer said. “It violates every rule of journalism.” Still, "Hannity’s closeness with Trump has given him immense power at the network, and he’s not afraid to show it," says Sherman, which is likely why he wasn't punished. ALSO: Inside Hannity's very close relationship with Trump: "He basically has a desk" in the White House.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Fox News is giving Sean Hannity its "full support," despite being unaware Michael Cohen was his lawyer
“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,” the cable news network said in a statement.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Hannity over the revelation that Michael Cohen was his attorney
Kimmel, eight days removed from ending his feud with the Fox News host, reacted to Monday's bombshell, describing Hannity as “chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team – but he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team." Kimmel then poked fun at Hannity statement that Cohen never represented him. “That sounds normal. He has a lawyer – he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer. He only has three clients and apparently, he works for free. He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
- In January 2017, Hannity said on Fox News he and Cohen had a personal relationship, saying: "full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started"
- Anderson Cooper called out Hannity's massive conflict of interest
- Hannity opened Monday's show with a montage of cable news anchors saying his name
- Hannity said later in his show that the "media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour coverage of yours truly"
- Stephen Colbert's Late Show creates mash-up of Hannity admitting Cohen connection
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Fox News reacts to Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen bombshell, calling it "the elephant in the room"
Shepard Smith, who was recently feuding with Hannity, was on Fox News when the revelation was made that Hannity also was a client of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. "For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen,” Smith said in briefly addressing the bombshell news, adding: "A lot of people here know his number. We’ll get on that.” After a commercial break, Shepard said, "we spoke with his publicist here at Fox News who says that he says they have been friends a long time. He never denied he was his lawyer. That he did some legal work for him along the way. And that’s the extent of that." Hannity later released a statement saying "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any manner. I never retained him, received an invoice or paid legal fees." Fox News has yet to formally comment on Hannity's connection with Cohen.
- For Fox News, Hannity's high ratings come with huge headaches
- Hannity texted MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace while he she was on-air to make a denial
- Jimmy Kimmel's wife/co-head writer Molly McNearney "Can't. Stop. Laughing."
- Stephen Colbert "Can't Wait!" until tonight's Hannity
- Seth Meyers on the Hannity revelation: "As someone who hosts an hour of television a night, I can’t IMAGINE also hosting three hours of radio in the afternoon. WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THAT???"
- Here are six times Hannity defended Cohen on Fox News
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
New York Times and New Yorker win a Pulitzer for their reporting that kicked off the #MeToo movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The Times are sharing Pulitzer Prize for public service with Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker for exposing Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct scandal. The Pulitzer board stated its award is "for explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women." ALSO: Fox News boasts: "NBC humiliated when Ronan Farrow wins Pulitzer for Weinstein expose after Peacock passed."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Sean Hannity accepts Jimmy Kimmel's "forced" apology, says "I will punch back even harder" next time
Hannity addressed Kimmel at the top of his Fox News show Monday night, saying Kimmel's Sunday apology seemed more like a "forced, Disney apology" to the LGBT community than an apology for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump's accent. Nevertheless, Hannity said "I think every person should accept apologies, and that’s what I’m going to do here." As Matt Wilstein points out, however, Hannity never offered his own regrets for comparing Kimmel to Harvey Weinstein. Hannity did invite Kimmel on his show and promised "no name-calling, no anger, no rehashing of the Twitter fight." But, says Wilstein, "in the next breath, he was issuing a threat." “Jimmy, if you do want to start up again, I promise I will punch back even harder,” Hannity said. “And my producer spent all weekend compiling a lot of your highlights, or lowlights, in your career. They don’t make you look too good. Instead of airing them, we will put them in storage and we have more important pressing issues like what’s happening in Syria and gassing of women and children.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Laura Ingraham blasts "speech czars" on the left in her return to Fox News
Ingraham, returning after a week-long break after her dissing of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg sparked an advertiser exodus from her show, said of her critics: “Their efforts are Stalinist, pure and simple. Their objective is a total transformation of American society, not through rational discourse and open debate, but through personal demonization and silencing.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Fox News inadvertently shows a graphic that it's the least-trusted news network
Upon realizing the error on Sunday morning, Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz said: "That is not the graphic we are looking for. Hold off. Take that down, please." UPDATE: Kurtz responds to the "false impression" -- the graphic was put up at the wrong time, and he used it later.
Posted Sunday 4/08/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel moves to end feud with Sean Hannity, apologizes for gay jokes
Kimmel released a statement on Twitter late Sunday morning calling for a cease-fire in his feud with Hannity, saying that while he had "fun," "I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country." Kimmel also called out the "vile attacks against my wife and wishes for death of my infant son." Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, tweeted that amid the Hannity feud, she has been called a "'c*nt', 'ugly bitch' , with 'defective genes', & asked if my baby ' is in a box yet.'" Kimmel had been under fire for slamming Hannity with gay jokes. He responded that "I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize." Additionally, Kimmel said he will "take Sean Hannity at his word that he was genuinely offended by what I believed and still believe to be a harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady's accent. Mrs. Trump almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings." Kimmel ended his statement with a shot at the Fox News host: "I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn from this too and continue his his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and First Ladies and that he will triumph in the heroic battle against sexual harassment and perversion." Hannity tweeted back that he'll have a formal response on his Fox News show on Monday.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Sean Hannity calls Jimmy Kimmel "Poor man's Colbert," Kimmel responds that Hannity is the "Poor Woman's Rachel Maddow"
The Hannity-Kimmel Twitter feud went on all day Friday and into the night as Hannity promised "must see TV!!" on his Fox News Show. “I don’t take joy in this. But I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy," Hannity said in devoting his entire opening segment to Kimmel, while repeatedly calling the late-night host a "pervert" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." Kimmel responded on Twitter to Hannity's segment, tweeting: "Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU'd call ANYONE a 'pervert' while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DID SUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, 'Sad!'"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel slams Sean Hannity for trivializing Harvey Weinstein as the Fox News host keeps bringing up his Man Show past
Hannity continued calling Kimmel "Harvey Weinstein junior" over his Man Show past on Friday, specifically referring to a comedy bit in which women were asked to "Guess What's in My Pants?" When Hannity made it part of "Today's poll," Kimmel responded: "I vote for whichever one best helps you trivialize the horrors of Harvey Weinstein by comparing them to televised comedy bits in which every woman was a willing participant who gladly signed a release." As one of Hannity's commenters pointed out, Kimmel's Man Show co-host Adam Carolla has been a guest on Hannity's radio show.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity are feuding
The Fox News host and the ABC late-night star have been trading barbs, on TV and on Twitter, with Hannity calling Kimmel "#pervertkimmel" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." as Kimmel mocked Hannity as "#clownpornsean." The feud kicked off when Hannity went after Kimmel for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump's role in the White House Easter Egg Roll earlier this week, calling the joke a "despicable disgrace" from "ass clown Kimmel." Kimmel responded on his show Thursday night, saying: "If I'm an ass clown — and I very well might be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus." That led to a back-and-forth on Twitter, with Hannity posting clips from Kimmel's Man Show past. "Jimmy that’s you being a pervert a**hole. How would you feel if that was your daughter?," Hannity tweeted while continually referencing Kimmel's Disney employment. Kimmel's wife and co-head writer, Molly McNearney, also responded to Hannity, tweeting: "Oh man, Sean. If you are offended by that 20 year old comedy bit, WAIT until you hear what our President said to Billy Bush!"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
CNN is stuck in third place, so why does it keep staging "food fights"?
The cable news network has been criticized for its "outmoded" partisan panels that are dependent on guests talking over each other. Some find the resulting blow-ups to be uninformative and uncomfortable. ALSO: Rachel Maddow topped Sean Hannity in March as the most-watched cable news host.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment settlements have been made public, revealing how he silenced his accusers
A New York judge denied O'Reilly's request to keep several of the agreements confidential. According to The New York Times, the documents "show that two women who reached settlements, Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Gomez Diamond, were required to turn over all evidence, including audio recordings and diaries, to Mr. O’Reilly. In addition, Ms. Mackris was required to disclaim the materials 'as counterfeit and forgeries' if they ever became public." Diamond, Mackris and Rachel Wittlieb filed a defamation lawsuit, alleging that Fox News, Rupert Murdoch and O'Reilly defamed their character by accusing them of lying.