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Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s ‘Bad for America’

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Ted Koppel has a bone to pick with Sean Hannity, and he’s not hesitant to do it directly, on the Fox News anchor’s own show.

This very scenario unfolded in a clip from “Hannity” that aired on “CBS Sunday Morning” as part of a story about political polarization in the U.S. The former ABC anchorman, who retired from “Nightline” 12 years ago, answered affirmatively when Hannity asked him: “Am I bad for America?”

Koppel backed up his claim by pointing to the melding of hard news and opinion in recent years, adding: “You have attracted people who have determined that ideology is more important than fact.” Koppel apparently does not count his own work as potentially ideological or misleadingly blending op-ed and hard-news delivery styles.

Watch the clip in full below (Koppel’s “bad for America” comment occurs around the six-minute mark) from “CBS Sunday Morning”:

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Newt Gingrich: Trump Should Use The CNN Confrontation As An Excuse To Break The Press

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Newt Gingrich, a prominent supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and a Fox News contributor, would like to shatter the influence of an “adversarial” press. And he thinks Trump’s press conference confrontation with CNN reporter Jim Acosta has given the incoming administration the opportunity to dramatically reshape White House press interactions to favor journalists who will treat the president-elect more favorably.

During Trump’s January 11 presser, he lashed out at CNN  and demanded the network apologize for a recent report on his alleged ties to Russia, and Acosta repeatedly called out, seeking to ask a question in response. Trump replied by calling CNN “terrible,” castigating Acosta for being “rude,” and declaring, “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!” Sean Spicer, who will serve as Trump’s White House press secretary,subsequently told Acosta that he would be removed if he continued to press for a question, and Spicer later demanded that the reporter apologize to the president-elect.

Team Trump’s efforts seem intended to both damage the credibility of CNN and cow other networks into shying away from similarly critical journalism — as Gingrich put it, to “shrink and isolate” the network. But the Fox News contributor wants the incoming administration to go even further and use the incident as an excuse to “close down the elite press.”

Gingrich laid out this strategy during an interview on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, one of the most pro-Trump venues available. He urged Spicer to learn “a couple of big lessons” from the incident. First and foremost, he suggested that Acosta be banned from reporting on Trump events for 60 days “as a signal, frankly, to all the other reporters that there are going to be real limits” for proper behavior.

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But Gingrich’s recommendations went far beyond chastising Acosta. He urged Trump to stop prioritizing questions from major news outlets due to their tough coverage and confrontational attitude. Instead, he suggested that he “extend the privileges to reporters from out of town, folks that fly in from all over the country to be allowed to be at a briefing.” Those reporters, Gingrich suggested, would be “a lot more courteous” and “responsible” rather than being “adversarial.”

Gingrich went on to explain his theory of the press under the Trump administration. “You don’t have to think of The New York Times or CNN or any of these people as news organizations,” he explained. “They’re mostly propaganda organizations. And they’re going to be after Trump every single day of his presidency.”

“And he needs to understand that that’s the case, and so does Sean Spicer in speaking for him. And they simply need to go out there and understand they have it in their power to set the terms of this dialogue.” He added, “They can close down the elite press.”

Trump has already started to take steps like those Gingrich describes. During the 2016 campaign, he reportedly made a deal with the right-wing Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which owns television stations across the country, to provide more access to its stations in exchange for a promise from Sinclair to broadcast his interviews without commentary.

He took questions from sycophantic pro-Trump outlets Breitbart.com and One America News Network during this week’s press conference. Right Side Broadcasting Network, which has been described as “the unofficial version of Trump TV,” claims it will be in the White House press briefing room under the new president. Other right-wing outlets like Laura Ingraham’s LifeZette and Alex Jones’ conspiracy website Infowars could be next.

Alexey Kovalev, a Russian journalist who has covered Vladimir Putin’s annual press conferences, warned of the use of such tactics in a searing “message to my doomed colleagues in the American media” that he authored following Trump’s press conference.

“A mainstay of Putin’s press conferences is, of course, softball questions,” Kovalev wrote. These include both “hyperlocal issues that a president isn’t even supposed to be dealing with,” which nonetheless provide “a real opportunity for him to shine.” Putin also benefits from “people from publications that exist for no other reason than heaping fawning praise on him and attacking his enemies.”

“But there will also be one token critic who will be allowed to ask a ‘sharp’ question,” Kovalev added, “only to be drowned in a copious amount of bullshit, and the man on the stage will always be the winner (‘See? I respect the media and free speech’).”

Of course we are not there yet, but the precedent is unnerving. Gingrich wants nothing more than a cowed, broken press that exists solely to promote the Republican Party’s message. We’ll see soon enough how much of his advice Trump takes.

UPDATE: Gingrich is not alone in urging Trump to freeze out the press. Following Trump’s election, Hannity stated that “until members of the media come clean about colluding with the Clinton campaign and admit that they knowingly broke every ethical standard they are supposed to uphold, they should not have the privilege, they should not have the responsibility of covering the president on behalf of you, the American people.”

“In other words, the mainstream press should not be allowed to cover Trump,” New York University’s Jay Rosen wrote in response to Hannity’s comments. “A few years ago that was a bridge too far. Now it’s a plausible test of poisoned waters.” It looks like we’ll see more of those tests in the days to come.

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Hannity, Who Called For Assange’s Arrest, Now Believes Every Word He Says

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Fox News is set to air the first part of an interview Tuesday night between Sean Hannity and Julian Assange, who Hannity has said in the past should be arrested for “waging war” against the United States.

“I believe every word he says,” Hannity told his Fox News colleague Bill Hemmer Tuesday morning, defending the WikiLeaks founder against criticism that he published documents that U.S. intelligence officials say were stolen by Russian-backed hackers in order to benefit President-elect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Hannity flew to London to interview Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy there, where the WikiLeaks founder, facing an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Sweden over rape allegations, has holed up since 2012.

However, in December of 2010, Hannity had criticized the Obama administration on his show for not arresting Assange after WikiLeaks published a quarter of a million confidential U.S. diplomatic cables.

“Assange is apparently not done waging his war against the U.S., at least not yet,” Hannity said at the time.

After WikiLeaks began publishing documents hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee this summer, however, Hannity changed his tone.

During a September interview with the WikiLeaks founder, Hannity told Assange: “I do hope you get free one day.”

“In 10 yrs @wikileaks has gotten nothing wrong & no one’s been killed bc of the info released. #freejulianassange #freeinternet for all,” he wrote on Twitter in October.

Hannity addressed the about-face in the interview with Hemmer Tuesday.

“Look, I was a very early critic of him. He’s well aware that I thought he was waging war on the United States. My opinion on it has evolved in large part because of what I have seen that he has done in ten years. Nothing he has published has ever been proven false,” Hannity said. “Nobody’s even questioned the veracity or truthfulness of what he’s doing.”

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AUDIO: Hannity Has RACIST Meltdown, Wants To Send President Obama And His Family Back To Africa

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The ignorance, hatred and vitriol wielded against the Obamas over the last eight-plus years has been repulsive and vile.  Fox News personnel have always led the way with such vitriol toward the Obamas.  History will not be kind to those obstructors, critics and haters of the 44th President of the United States and his family. ~ ks

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Nobody would have ever said this about any of our previous presidents. Nobody.

But because President Obama and his family are black, Fox News host Sean Hannity is trying to get in as much hateful racist talk as possible before the Obamas leave the White House in January.

And when President Obama leaves office, Hannity is offering to arrange for a one-way trip to Kenya for him and his family in response to a non-response the White House had to a satirical article claiming that Obama wants to move to Canada if Donald Trump wins the election on November 8th.

“Remember how Democrats insisted last week that we all need to be united behind whoever wins the election?” Hannity began. “Well, I guess that only applies if Donald Trump loses because apparently the president cannot bring himself to say that he’ll unite behind the Trump presidency.”

Hannity talked about how “a White House aide failed to deny rumors that President Barack Obama was planning to leave the United States if Trump wins the election,” and then offered to send President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters to Africa as long as they don’t come back.

“I’ll pay — hang on a second, I’m offering — I’ll even rent a plane as big as Air Force One. […] I have an offer for the president. I will charter a plane for you and your family. I will make sure it’s as big a plane as Air Force One, what you have grown accustomed to, in other words. Taxpayer-funded plane. I don’t know where I’m going to get— Maybe I’ll just — Maybe I’ll ask Trump if I can charter his plane for Obama. That’s what — I will charter Donald Trump’s plane if he’ll let me, and I will charter it to the country of your choice. You want to go to Canada? I’ll pay for you to go to Canada. You want to go to Kenya? I’ll pay for you to go to Kenya. Jakarta, where you went to school back in the day, you can go back there. Anywhere you want to go. I’m gonna — I’ll put the finest food, caviar, champagne, you name it. I have one stipulation: you can’t come back. That’s fair.”

Here’s the audio via YouTube.

 

First of all, President Obama has already stated that he will peacefully transfer the presidency to Donald Trump in January should he actually win on Election Day. In fact, President Obama will even attend the inauguration.

Second, every president in the modern era has had full use of Air Force One no matter where they go during their presidency. And it has always been taxpayer funded. Even when George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan took those 880 days of vacation during their presidencies combined while President Obama has only taken 217 days of vacation. So if Hannity wants to pretend that President Obama is somehow freeloading off of the taxpayers by using Air Force One, he should probably get all of the facts first.

Furthermore, President Obama was NOT born in Kenya. His father was, but President Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and is a natural-born American citizen. His wife Michelle and their daughters were also born in the United States.

Hannity’s offer is disrespectful and hearkens back to a time when racists wanted to send blacks back to Africa just to keep America white.

Fox News should be embarrassed that this jackass is still on their payroll, much less on their airwaves.

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Sean Hannity refuses to let Trump move on, launches “investigation” into Gold Star parent Khizr Khan

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While Trump attempts to “pivot” to the economy, Hannity wonders if Khan “was purposely hiding his real views”

Just last week, Fox News host and Donald Trump sycophant Sean Hannity was berating “the mainstream media’s shameless pandering to the Clinton campaign,”bemoaning the broadcast news coverage devoted to the Muslim American Gold Star parents Khzir and Ghazala Khan after they were attacked by the Republican presidential nominee for daring to speak out against his anti-Muslim rhetoric and policy proposals during last month’s Democratic National Convention.

“ABC, CBS and NBC should be ashamed of themselves,” Hannity wrote on his blog, noting that the mother of an American contractor who died in Benghazi in 2012 was not given equal airtime. Of course, Hannity made no mention that his network was the lone cable news outlet that failed to air Patricia Smith’s address to the Republican National Convention live — as Trump was stepping on her moment with his own call-in interview to Fox News.

But even more odd than the usual dose of Fox News hypocrisy, is Hannity’s own role in elevating the back-and-forth between a presidential candidate and the Gold Star parents.

While simultaneously complaining of the librul media’s focus on Trump’s unprecedented attacks on a military family (aside from his earlier swipe at Vietnam War POW John McCain), Hannity has also kept the focus on the Khans — even after Trump has intimated he was ready to move on.

“There’s a lot of controversial findings that I’ve dug up about Mr. Khan,” the Fox News host previewed on August 3, while multiple reports suggested that even those closest to Trump were frustrated with his continued attacks on the couple. But perhaps buoyed by the candidate’s own insistence that he did not nothing wrong and had no regrets about the entire Khan fiasco, Hannity soldiered on.

“The media has been very quick to praise Khizr Khan. He’s the man who attacked Donald Trump at a speech at the DNC last month, but who exactly is Mr. Khan?,” Hannity asked on his show Monday, following up on his promised “investigation” even after the Trump campaign had ceased brining up the Khans unprovoked.

“During one recent interview, he said there’s no such thing as Sharia law. Really?” Hannity asked incredulously. In a segment devoid of any so-called “controversial findings” and even lacking in a clear suggestion, Hannity simply hosted noted anti-Muslim extremists to essentially bash Mr. Khan and spread paranoia about Sharia law even as his preferred candidate seeks to “pivot” to a more presidential debate on the economy.

“Do you think he was purposely hiding his real views now because he was so advanced in this political narrative”.

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Trump Booster Hannity Runs Special On How “Radical Liberals” Are Worse Than Trump

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Sean Hannity: “Since The Day That Donald Trump Announced That He Was Running For Office … The Left Have Been Trying To Vilify Him”

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Welcome to this special edition of Hannity, “Trump Versus The Left.” Now, since the day that Donald Trump announced that he was running for office, well the left have been trying to vilify him and his positions. Tonight, for the hour, we’re going to show you how radical liberals really compare to Donald Trump.

 

Previously:

Sean Hannity Endorses Trump, Lashes Out At Paul Ryan For “Sabotage”

Hannity: “Best Contribution I Could Make To The Trump Effort” Is To Attack Clinton’s Voice

Hannity Advocates Replacing House Speaker Paul Ryan After He Fails To Endorse Trump

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Cenk Uygur Blasts Hannity’s Comparison of Confederate Flag and Rap Music

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Sean Hannity blasted rap music on his Wednesday radio show, saying that if major retailers are removing the Confederate flag in response to the recent national controversy, stores might as well get rid of everything else that he considered offensive as well. “We’re in the process of banning everything,” Hannity said.

On Thursday, political commentator and Young Turks host Cenk Uygur blasted Hannity’s rant after chuckling about his inclusion of Prince and the word “ho” amongst the things that offend him. Ugyur began by discussing how there was a difference between the Confederate Flag, which has racist connotations that Dylann Roof acted upon during his attack in Charleston, and Ludacris, who has never killed anyone as a result of using harsh language.

Uygur melodramatically went on to point out that, while the flag has a historical connection to racism and treason, rough language can add context and immersion to entertaining art forms like music and movies.

“There are movies like Goodfellas, Sopranos, The Godfather, why aren’t they banned?” Uygur asked. Answering his own question, Uygur said, “It’s because they are forms of entertainment… they didn’t kill anybody. On the other hand Dylann Roof was a killer, he killed nine people, and he proudly wore that flag you love so much.”

You can watch the segment here:

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Sean Hannity Calls First Lady A Racist In The Most Racist Way Possible (VIDEO)

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What is it about white privilege that Fox’s Sean Hannity doesn’t get? After everything we’ve seen in the news, Hannity watched Michelle Obama’s searing graduation speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama, and can’t understand why she’s so angry and so black.

Actually, Obama didn’t even come across as particularly angry, Hannity just doesn’t like to hear the truth about how horribly White America treats black people. It’s much easier for him to portray our first lady as a reverse racist. Ellen Brodsky from NewsHounds(they watch Fox so you don’t have to) caught Hannity on the air weighing in on Michelle Obama’s speech, and called it “shocking.”

“But first, tonight, shocking comments from Michelle Obama while giving the commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama this weekend. Now, he used the opportunity to express her own views on racism and discrimination in America. Take a listen, and look at this.”

Cue selective clips that bolster Hannity’s appalling views of Obama as a racist. Like the part where our first lady talks to the 2015 graduating class at this historic black university about the “sting of those daily slights” they will encounter as they launch their careers in White America.

“We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives — the folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety; the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores; the people at formal events who assumed we were the ‘help’ — and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country.”

Any person of color — along with Anglo/white people who bother to care — have seen this dynamic at work and know it’s true. And instead of sounding angry, Obama even makes reference to how lucky she and her husband, the president, are compared to so many black people we’ve seen in the news lately:

“And I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day — those nagging worries that you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason; the fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds.”

It’s only natural that Obama would talk about race on the site of former cotton plantations worked by slaves at a college founded to train black teachers for segregated schools. But Hannity prefers to accuse FLOTUS of racism for daring to talk about race and call America out on our racism. He then trots out three black conservatives, plus one black token liberal to ensure he’s got someone he can bully and shout down.

First Hannity introduces Ron Christie, former special assistant to president George W. Bush and author of the disturbingly-titled book, “Blackwards: How Black Leadership is Returing America to the Days of Separate But Equal.” Also on his panel are Mike Meyers from the deceptively-named New York Civil Rights Commission; Denene Borelli, outreach director for the vile, Koch-funded libertarian group FreedomWorks; and political activist and former Hillary Clinton advisor Jehmu Greene,

Hannity and company’s derogatory comments on Obama’s speech included the following:

  • Hannity: “My initial observation is […] Barack Hussein Obama got elected by a majority of white America. Why is she so angry?”
  • Deneen Borelli: “Listen, I see this as propaganda. Instead of promoting how America is an exceptional country, Sean, she took that route to play the race card and race bait.”
  • Mike Meyers: Which racial ideologue do you know that’s not angry? She sounded like Hillary Clinton in that racial dialect. [Proceeds to make monkey noises, no I am not kidding]
  • Christie: Her message should have been uplifting […] It was a ‘poor me’ speech […] She just sounded so angry and so defiant.

Only Greene stood up for Obama, declaring that our first lady gave a speech that was not only moving, it embraced conservative values of hard work and self-reliance.

“What speech did y’all hear. I think some folks need to clean their ears out, because what [Obama]  actually did, she was frank, she was candid, and she gave a conservative speech. “

Greene pointed out that Obama even took a potshot at the kind of “feminists” Hannity loves to hate, who’ve criticized her for putting family before career, and then dished out a little tough love.

“She said if you feel brought down, if you feel that people are against you, if you think you’re going to be treated negatively, guess what? Get over it, you cannot use it as an excuse.”

“No,” Hannity objected, “That’s not the speech I heard.”

Well, of course Hannity can’t hear when he refuses to listen. Greene called him out for playing selective clips, and Hannity turned to someone more likely to say what he wanted to hear. Christie obligingly sneered about Obama’s “negative, poor me speech.”

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Sean Hannity gets schooled on immigration: “People won’t vote for a candidate who will deport your father”

Sean Hannity gets schooled on immigration: "People won't  vote for a candidate who will deport your father"
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The Fox News host is confused why Hispanic Americans don’t like the GOP. Fusion’s Jorge Ramos sets him straight

Last night, Sean Hannity spoke to Fusion host Jorge Ramos about why the Hispanic community refuses to back Republican candidates who share their cultural identity like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

He began by asking Ramos why we don’t hear much about how historic a Rubio or Cruz presidency would be. Ramos answered that, on the one hand, both senators are choosing to follow Barack Obama in not making his race an issue in the election, and on the other, both Rubio and Cruz are Republicans of Cuban descent, whereas the majority of Latinos are of Mexican descent and vote Democratic.

A slightly confused Hannity replied by saying that he doesn’t believe in identity politics, only to characterize Latinos as people who share conservative values he identifies with: “hard work, family values, conservative on social issues, deep faith, love of country.”

Ramos replied that “it’s immigration,” because “Latinos cannot see beyond immigration right now. It’s a very simple concept, Sean — people won’t vote for a candidate who will deport your father, your friends, your colleagues, and your students.”

Hannity detailed the draconian immigration policies of Mexico and Australia, then asked Ramos why it is that if you enter Mexico illegally from a Central American country, you’re immediately thrown in jail or deported.

“It’s awful,” Ramos replied, confounding Hannity’s expectations, “how they treat Central Americans in Mexico.”

Ramos then applauded America as being “an exceptional country, an immigrant country,” which caused Hannity to try talking over him, repeatedly saying “it’s not an illegalimmigrant country.”

Ramos went on to discuss the billions of dollars that immigrants — including undocumented ones — contribute to the United States economy, but all Hannity wanted to talk about were the problems that he believes they cause. “There’s the criminal element!” he said, before returning to the topic at hand — the possibility that the Republicans might have a Hispanic nominee for president.

“What I’m saying,” Ramos tried to conclude, “is that if Cruz and Rubio choose not to support immigration reform,” but Hannity cut him off and again appealed to identity politics.

“Even if it’s the first Hispanic American president?” he asked. “Wow.”

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Megyn Kelly Speaks Up For Mandatory Vaccination On Fox: ‘Some Things Do Require Big Brother’

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It looks like Fox News can tell the truth at times…

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A debate on vaccines has infected the nascent 2016 Republican presidential primary. Rand Paul, for example, said that the right of parents to refuse vaccines is “an issue of freedom.” To bolster his point, he claimed that vaccines can give children “profound mental disorders,” and idea that is completely unsupported by medical literature.

Similarly, Chris Christie framed the vaccination issue as a matter of “parental choice.” (Faced with mounting criticism, Christie later backtracked partially, saying only some vaccines should be optional.)

Monday night on Fox News, Megyn Kelly provided the antidote. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor, Kelly spoke out forcefully for mandatory vaccines. (O’Reilly agreed.) Speaking directly into the camera, Kelly said, “I want to say on the record, I have three children under the age of six. I vaccinated all of them. On time. As the doctor prescribed. Nothing was delayed.” She noted that the science showing vaccinations are safe and beneficial for children is “very certain today.”

Kelly predicted the issue would continue to play a role in the Republican presidential primary because it had become about “Big Brother.” “On the other hand, some things do require some involvement of Big Brother,” Kelly said.

Kelly may want to have a conversation with her colleague, Sean Hannity. On his program Monday, Hannity said that “parents should have the choice” on whether to vaccinate their children. Hannity featured commentary from Dr. Eric Braverman who told millions of views that “no one” is giving their children the full course of vaccine shots. According to Braverman there is an “overreliance” on vaccines to prevent disease.

The segment featured more medically accurate commentary from Dr. Marc Siegel, who accused Braverman of perpetrating a “bait and switch.” Even Siegel, however, opposed mandatory vaccinations. Braverman concluded the segment by claiming that vaccines “don’t always work” and attributing the measles outbreak in Disneyland to the combination of heat and junk food.

In 2015, there have been more than 100 cases of measles reported in the U.S. across 14 states. The Center For Disease Control is “very concerned” that the country could be on its way to a major measles outbreak. Already, dozens of babies, too young to get vaccinated, have been forced into isolation.

Although Megyn Kelly has a growing reputation of standing up to some of the worst excesses on Fox News, not everyone is impressed.