Hannity dons the blinders and amps up the outrage.
Last week, Fox TV personality and Trump’s favorite gerbil Sean Hannity went on a rant accusing Democrats of liberal hypocrisy over their hesitation to condemn former Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein who has been accused of sexual misconduct by just about every Hollywood actress under the age of 80.
As with every item they broadcast, the segment was introduced as “a Fox News Alert!” as if a conservative core dump on the left qualified as breaking news.
Hannity used Weinstein’s transgressions as a bludgeon against all the usual lefty boogiemen – in particular, Hollywood “elite” – that conservatives love (and truly need) to bash regularly. He started out briefly recapping the story that had appeared in detail in the New Yorker, including the part where the NY Police Department had secret recordings from 2015 of Weinstein harassing a model. Hannity reports, “on this recording, Weinstein – you can hear him – admitting to groping her.” Someone admitting on tape to groping women? Sounds vaguely familiar.
Of course, when someone is in as much shit as Weinstein is, they hire a lawyer. Or as Hannity put it, Weinstein is “taking a page out of the Clinton playbook; he’s now hiring a top Hollywood lawyer.” Hiring a lawyer when you’re in legal trouble is adhering to a Clinton playbook?
It becomes clear at this point that Sean is going to segue from Weinstein and turn his ire against the usual targets: Democrats, liberals and Hollywood elite. He makes the point over and over that Weinstein is a huge Democratic donor, which would seem to be inconsequential to the allegations he faces – but Sean likes to deal in guilt by association. Nevertheless, Hannity uses a significant portion of his “Fox News Alert” to cite all the donations received by various democrats from Weinstein, and even manages to insert Shariah Law into the monologue three or four times. Naturally, Sean can’t wait to go on to the next section: rehashing Bill Clinton’s dalliances and bashing Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Hannity reads her perfectly acceptable statement on the Weinstein scandal…
…Then takes her to task for it. He bitches her out for not making a timely condemnation, and when she finally does, he bitches her out.
Remember, the piece started off as an indictment of Weinstein but quickly morphed into an attack on the Clinton’s. Hannity posted this photo to make the case that Hillary and Weinstein were buddies.
But what about this one? Are we to believe that a media whore like Trump wasn’t enthralled to be in Weinstein’s presence? I guess the Fox editors left this pic on the cutting room floor.
Hannity tries to make a feeble case that Dems like the Clintons and the Obamas waited too long (5 days from the point that the New Yorker first published the story) to condemn Weinstein publicly because they took so much money from him.
Then in an odd attempt to grab the righteous high ground, Hannity contrasts the “despicable” liberals for dragging their feet with the high moral stand conservatives have taken in supporting women – by trashing Shariah law. How Shariah law and Harvey Weinstein’s behavior align is a question best left for cryptographers.
Look, it’s as plain as the smug on his face. Partisan hack and shameless Trump cheerleader Sean Hannity doesn’t give a shit about the sexual misconduct of powerful men. If he did, he would have dished “Fox News Alerts” about his employer Roger Ailes, his colleagues Bill O’reilly and Eric Bolling, and his own master Trump. I guess each of these stories is what Hannity the Hypocrite calls a “Fox News Avert.”
Roger Ailes was accused by at least 20 women of sexual harassment and was drummed out of the company he ran for more than a decade. Roger once told Gretchen Carlson, “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” More likely she’d be “good and dead” if she had had sex with that corpulent fuck.
“No Spin” Bill O’Reilly quietly settled sexual harassment claims five times for a total of $13M. According to one victim’s deposition, she “complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating.” Maybe Bill should have set up a “No Jerk Zone.”
And of course everyone knows about the Groper-in-Chief Trump who has left behind a snail’s slime trail of recorded evidence of harassment and outrageous behavior. The Access Hollywood tape featuring Billy Bush and a pussy-grabber running for President may be the highlight, but don’t forget Trump’s stewardship over the Miss Teen USA pageant: “You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.” Yeah, you do, fuck-face.
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