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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Report: New White House communications chief Bill Shine used his Fox News expertise on President Trump's Supreme Court announcement
“Shine brought in all new lights,” a person briefed on the production tells Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman. “He gave Trump what’s called a ‘downlight.’ Trump’s a little fat, but that made him look younger.” Sherman also reports that Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted for allegedly facilitating sexual harassment at the cable news network, rewarded Sean Hannity by timing Monday's announcement to the beginning of the Hannity show at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks to the announcement, Hannity beat The Bachelorette to become Monday's most-watched show with 5.82 million viewers.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 9:43AM EDT
Samantha Bee should've known that the C-word is a "political comedy A-bomb"
"Bee isn’t new to this," Erin Gloria Ryan says of the Full Frontal host. "She should have known that 'c*nt' is a political comedy A-bomb, that performative pearl-clutching over the word would eclipse the larger point she was trying to make (about immigration). Which is a shame, because she was making a worthwhile point." Ryan adds: "Bee should have known better. Everybody who can’t resist the cheap shot should know better. When Jimmy Kimmel took a (cheap) shot at Melania Trump’s accent and made a mildly homophobic joke about Sean Hannity’s relationship with Donald Trump, Hannity was able to swoop in and play moral. Kimmel apologized, and the salient point that Kimmel was originally trying to make about Hannity—that he was so deferential to President Trump that he functioned like a media organ of the executive branch—was lost." ALSO: Why Bee's transgression is not nearly as egregious, offensive, or cruel as what Roseanne Barr did.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Sean Hannity deleted a Tom Brokaw "A NEW LOW AT 30 Rock" tweet and his corresponding story
As CNN media reporter noticed that the Fox News host tweeted then deleted a tweet and a corresponding Hannity.com story on the Brokaw scandal shortly after they were posted Wednesday. Hannity likely made the deletions because it would've been seen as hypocritical since he staunchly defended late Fox News boss Roger Ailes amid his sexual harassment scandal.
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 1:18PM EDT
John Oliver bought ad time on Sean Hannity's show in hopes of reaching President Trump
The Last Week Tonight Catheter Cowboy ads will air this week to address the international Iranian nuclear agreement. “Hey there, Donald, sorry to interrupt your supper,” Catheter Cowboy says in the ad. “I’m here to tell you the Iran deal may not be perfect, but it helps restrict Iran’s ability to start making a bomb for at least 10 years."
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Time's 100 most influential people of 2018 include Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Hannity, Meghan Markle and Roseanne Barr
Other TV stars from Time's annual list also include Oprah Winfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Nicole Kidman, Sterling K. Brown, Millie Bobby Brown, Lena Waithe, Jennifer Lopez, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb.
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 Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Did Sean Hannity get his idea for "attorney-client privilege" from Breaking Bad?
In explaining his attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, Hannity said on his radio show Monday, “I might have handed him 10 bucks (and said,) ‘I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this.' Something like that.” Breaking Bad fans were immediately drawing a comparison between Hannity and Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, who told Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to “put a dollar in my pocket” to become their attorneys in a Season 2 episode. But as Kyle Swenson points out, citing a New Mexico Law Review article, that Breaking Bad scene and Hannity's comment are incorrect because there's no reason to exchange money to establish attorney-client privilege. “There is simply no reason to exchange a dollar,” according to the law review article by Armen Adzhemyan and Susan M. Marcella. “To invoke the privilege, Saul only needs to confirm that Walt and Jesse seek his legal advice as potential clients.”
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 Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel subtly responds to Sean Hannity's threat with the "revelation" that he once worked on The Man Show
Kimmel had a sketch last night where his "doorman" threatened to expose his Man Show past if he wasn't given $10,000. The "doorman" also threatened to reveal that the late-night host was sleeping with one of his staffers -- Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel hasn't said a word about Sean Hannity since releasing his "apology" statement on Sunday
On Tuesday night's show, Kimmel didn't respond to Hannity's response to his statement and invitation to come on his show from Monday night. It appears he's put the feud in the past. ALSO: Slovenians want Kimmel to lay off Melania Trump's accent.
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
Why do liberal comedians like Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler attack conservatives with homophobic jokes?
Even Stephen Colbert has used homophobic jokes to attack the president, but in recent days Kimmel and Handler have come under fire for using gay jokes to attack conservatives. "Why do 'progressive' comedians so readily jump to homophobic jokes when it comes to mocking conservatives?" asks Ira Madison III. "Either insinuating that they like receiving anal sex via bottoming—or any other homosexual sex act—is the surefire way to knock someone down a peg. Because insisting that they’re gay must be the ultimate insult, right? Because the insinuation that a man might want to have sex with another man is somehow funny. The act itself is comical."