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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hannity Called Out: "Bad for America"

The Demagogue

Sean Hannity
— PunditFact 

Pants on Fire!

If there is doubt about Fox News's Sean Hannity's commitment to feeding his viewers and listeners over-the-top propaganda, consider performing a Google search on his frequent need to publicly apologize for false stories. Hannity is the consummate demagogue:

1. a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.
2. (in ancient times) a leader of the people.verb (used with object), demagogued, demagoguing.
3. to treat or manipulate (a political issue) in the manner of a demagogue; obscure or distort with emotionalism, prejudice, etc.verb (used without object), demagogued, demagoguing.
4. to speak or act like a demagogue.
While practically all so-called "news" has become as partisan as our politics (and our nation), a few old school journalists continue as champions of the truth and protections of our (information) nation. Carl Bernstein, Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers, and Ted Koppel immediately come to mind. Real old school journalist who do not hesitate to challenge the talking head multi-millionaire propagandist of today. A recent example of the old challenging the new took place this past Sunday morning. CBS News booked Hannity for an interview on its weekend show Sunday Morning (Ted Koppel host)

Since we do not extend valued page space nor expending keyboarding time and effort on the likes of Hannity, we will work to complete this post with minimum exposure to his garbage. The following snippet is from the Sunday Morning segment is making the rounds on social media. Koppel responds to Hannity's question of being bad for the nation. As you view the very brief segment, notice the Fox News tool was forced to defer to the host of the show vs the much more common (and utterly disrespectful method of interrupting for affect(strategic interruption). "Out of respect..."

Are we to assume his more common use of the interruption validates a man who utterly disrespects most of his show guests?  

While the 45-minute interview was cut to a length desired by CBS producers and manager, we feel Koppel's face-to-face assessment of the demagogue covers our interest in posting about Hannity.  

The next day Hannity culminated a period of contemplation between the Sunday Morning segment and his next morning radio show with a response to Koppel.  

It is important to recall Hannity's comments from the initial video above he mentioned he is an "opinion journalist." After you view or listen to the linked video (below) Hannity's disjointed ad unhinged remarks you will have heard the demagogue say the following:
But the difference, Ted respectfully, is I'm honest with my audience, you're not. You pretend to be fair and balanced, I don't. And if you really cared about truth in journalism how do you work for a network that's so abusively biased with the history it has? How can I be bad for America when I offer the American people news and information your network will never touch because you have an agenda?
He didn't mention "opinion" in the statement.  

I often think of people who I know who spend each weeknight anxiously awaiting an hour of B/S feeding from Hannity.

If you want to view the full segment on a polarized nation, here you are. The segment isn't exclusively Hannity. 

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