Sean Hannity, one of FOX News’ token “conservatives” has been getting hammered on social media and in other major conservative websites for exhibiting media bias in favor of Donald Trump, a presidential candidate whose “New York values” are anything but conservative, except on a small number of issues that happen to be front and center of the average Americans’ psyche.
Hannity is a leading conservative radio talk show host, as well as host of the popular “Hannity” on FOX News for several years (and “Hannity & Colmes before that), has been — over the years — a staunch conservative who this writer has listened to and enjoyed from the inception of his career. Unfortunately, he has turned into a sycophantic defender of fellow New Yorker Donald Trump, a reality TV personality and bloviating billionaire who changes positions more frequently than most Americans switch underwear.
A perfect example of Hannity’s bias toward Trump, a liberal for decades who literally bankrolled the political establishment in both parties, including Harry Reid , Mitch McConnell , Nancy Pelosi , and Hillary Clinton , and Charles Schumer (Note to Sean: This means Trump is NOT an “insurgent” candidate. He is part of the problem — cronyism), was the FOX News panel following Donald Trump’s victory in the South Carolina primary on Saturday night and how Sean Hannity cuts off post-debate primary panelist from The Weekly Standard, Stephen Hayes, after bringing up the inconvenient truth that Trump was in favor of the health care “mandate,” as he did during the CNN Republican Town Hall on February 18, 2016.
Hayes analyzed that he views Trump’s very recent inconsistencies on several issues as opening up a door to other GOP candidates, specifically bringing up Trump saying, “I like the mandate,”
But Sean Hannity would have none of it. Rudely interrupting Hayes, refusing to accept, or allow to be reported, Trump’s own words which make Hannity’s love and affection for the bloviating billionaire more complex being the principled conservative he is supposed to be.
“I think that’s an opportunity for the non-Trump candidates in the race when you look at what Trump has said on a variety of positions — whether he was for the Iraq War or against the Iraq War — whether he opposes the Obamacare mandate or whether he opposes Obamacare,” Stephen Hayes told Hannity. “He’s been on so many sides of these issues — as you and I have discussed a number of times– and I’m a little surprised that the other candidates haven’t criticized him for that, not necessarily…”
“But Steve, but that’s all he’s heard all week,” an outraged Hannity interrupted before basically running his own version of a Trump infomercial. “You know, it’s Trump that is saying, ‘Yes, I once had these positions.’ Now I guess for some people will — and what voters are deciding is — do they believe that he’s gonna build a wall? Do they believe that he’s going to repatriate money? Is he going to be tough on ISIS — the strength that he’s projecting, and obviously the voters are saying, ‘Yeah, they believe him,'” Hannity said, trying to change the subject from Trump’s numerous recent flip-flops on key issues.
Hayes, to his credit, informs Hannity that Trump’s changes on issues isn’t ancient history, as Hannity would like to portray them, but in some cases, as with the Obamacare mandate and the Iraq War, they have been occurring in “the matter of consecutive days.”
“But that’s not true,” angry Hannity cut off Hayes again, sounding like a Trump spokesman. “I’ve interviewed him on health care…I’ve interviewed him many times.”
Hannity argued further that Trump has been consistent on the issue but that no one is reporting it (except him, of course), which he finds interesting.
Maybe no one is reporting it, Sean, because it isn’t true. Trump has consistently said that “everyone will be covered” and that the “government will pay for it.” In other words, socialized medicine, universal health care or whatever you want to call it — anything but free market healthcare free from government interference and government force and coercion.
The fact is, the worse part of Obamacare is the mandate — giving the federal government the tyrannical power to force citizens to buy only government-approved products against their own free wills, and Donald Trump said on national TV — before God and everybody — that he supports this tyranny.
A real, principled conservative would, at the very least, say to Stephen Hayes that Trump’s support of the health insurance “mandate” is entirely inconsistent with both the free market and constitutional principles and that Trump had some major explaining to do.
For Hannity to refuse to hold Donald Trump unaccountable for his own words — except for the words spoken during Hannity’s slobbering interviews — makes him no better than the mainstream media, does it?
Oh, by the way, Hannity is doing a full town hall for “The Donald” tonight on FOX News. As if Trump, who dominates time received by the media, needs any more free air time.
Hannity can continue to recreate Donald Trump into the conservative Trump isn’t if he wants to, but as a former fan, I can tell you that he’s lost all credibility with me, as he is exhibiting the same kind of media bias you would see on MSNBC.