Both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Fox News talking head Sean Hannity have begun to strenuously urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
McConnell speaking to reporters today:
“Ninety-seven percent of hospitalizations for COVID are unvaccinated people. It never occurred to me, after three highly effective vaccines were developed in under a year, that we’d have difficulty getting Americans to take the shots. But that’s obviously where we are.
“These shots need to get in everybody’s arm as rapidly as possible or we’re going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don’t yearn for that we went through last year,” continued McConnell. “I don’t know how I could be any more clear than I have been. I’ve been saying the same thing about vaccinations all along the way.
“It is not at all unclear that the way to avoid getting back in the hospital is to get vaccinated,” he added. “I want to encourage everybody to do that and to ignore all of these other voices that are giving demonstrably bad advice.”
Hannity on his show last night: “Please take Covid seriously. I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor… I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination.”
Most folks are saying yesterday’s stock market drop, based in great part in coronavirus concerns, fueled McConnell and Hannity’s pleas. Both are wealthy men, and both lost money in the market yesterday.
These shots need to get into arms as rapidly as possible, or else we’re gonna be back in a situation this fall like what we went through last year. pic.twitter.com/J4o6yL5cn4
SEAN HANNITY: “Please take Covid seriously. I can’t say it enough. Enough people have died. We don’t need any more death. Research like crazy. Talk to your doctor… I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccination.” pic.twitter.com/tOi5ebpqSf
The Washington Post illustrates how Fox News hosts initially denounced any kind of serious measures to be taken against the coronavirus as they stood lockstep with Donald Trump’s tamping down of the threat.
For weeks, some of Fox News’s most popular hosts downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, characterizing it as a conspiracy by media organizations and Democrats to undermine President Trump.
Fox News personalities such as Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham accused the news media of whipping up “mass hysteria” and being “panic pushers.” Fox Business host Trish Regan called the alleged media-Democratic alliance “yet another attempt to impeach the president.”
But that was then.
With Trump’s declaration on Friday that the virus constitutes a national emergency, the tone on Fox News has quickly shifted.
In the video, each of the political personalities quickly flip-flops when the reality of the situation became apparent, even to Trump.
You can read more details about each hypocritical u-turn by the Fox News folks here.
Fox News pundit Sean Hannity says the answer to gun violence is to have retired police, secret service or military service members surround schools and shopping malls.
“I’d like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police — which you are — retired Secret Service — which you are — military, and I want guys to donate 15 hours,” Hannity told guest Dan Bongino last night. “I think we could cover every school, every hour, every day. Add a metal detector, and I think we’re going to have safer schools.
“Have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter, and inside every hall of every mall,” he explained. “Now, that gives us an instant response opportunity that we normally wouldn’t have.”
Presidential adviser Sean Hannity: “I’d like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police … have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter and inside every hall of every mall.” pic.twitter.com/Renh47IiBY
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After Fox News pundit Sean Hannity specifically said that he would not appear onstage with Donald Trump at a campaign rally last night:
In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally. To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.
While onstage, Hannity made a point to gesture to the press covering the event, including cameras for Fox News and declared, “Fake news.”
Fellow Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro also showed up to trumpet the Trumpster.
Fox News wasn’t happy:
Fox chides Hannity and Pirro for participating in last night’s Trump rally: “Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events. … This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”
New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi has done a deep dive into the more-frequent-than-you’d guess telephone chat between Donald Trump and Fox News pundit Sean Hannity.
It’s like they’re best girl-friends who have to talk to each other every night before bed.
Their chats begin casually, with How are yous and What’s going ons. On some days, they speak multiple times, with one calling the other to inform him of the latest developments. White House staff are aware that the calls happen, thanks to the president entering a room and announcing, “I just hung up with Hannity,” or referring to what Hannity said during their conversations, or even ringing Hannity up from his desk in their presence.
On the phone, he and the president alternate between the “witch hunt!” and gabbing like old girlfriends about media gossip and whose show sucks and who’s getting killed in the ratings and who’s winning (Hannity, and therefore Trump) and sports and Kanye West, all of it sprinkled with a staccato fuck … fucking … fucked … fucker. “He’s not a systematic thinker at all. He’s not an ideologue,” one person who knows both men said of Hannity. “He gives tactical advice versus strategic advice.”
“Hannity was always someone where, if you were a Republican and you went on his show, it would be the easiest interview possible,” a person who worked on the campaign of one of Trump’s Republican-primary rivals told me. “It was legitimately impossible to get jammed up by Sean Hannity. It wasn’t even something you’d consider. It was the softball of softball interviews.”
Earlier today, a federal judge ordered Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen to reveal who his clients were in order to determine what materials seized from his office and home last week might be protected by attorney/client privilege.
In addition to Donald Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy (whom Cohen handled a $1.3 million “hush money” payout), Cohen’s legal team revealed the 3rd client was none other than Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Cohen’s lawyers had acknowledged that Cohen had three legal clients since 2017 in a filing in federal court related to legal issues surrounding documents the FBI obtained by raiding his office, home, and hotel room last week. Two clients — Trump and GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy — were publicly known. Attorneys for Cohen had argued that the identity of the third should remain secret. But Judge Kimba Wood rejected that argument, forcing Cohen’s lawyer to reveal his work for Hannity.
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reported on MSNBC soon after that Hannity hired Cohen “to help defend him against left-wing groups that were calling for boycotts,” an apparent reference to Media Matters’ well-publicized campaign to get advertisers to stop supporting Hannity’s program. Sherman added that Hannity may have hired “other lawyers and/or private investigators” as part of the effort.
During the many segments Hannity has devoted to defending Cohen on Fox News, not once has he ever divulged that he had paid Cohen for legal advice.
In open court today, a federal judge ordered Donald Trump’s lawyer to reveal a 3rd “mystery” client apart from Trump and an RNC donor who Cohen helped facilitate a $1.3 million payoff to a former Playboy playmate who became pregnant during their affair.
It turns out that the mystery client is Fox News‘ Sean Hannity.
That would be the same Sean Hannity who has railed against the cases against Michael Cohen for months and NEVER disclosed he had a legal relationship with Cohen. That would not be illegal but seriously unethical.
Cohen says he attempted to keep Hannity’s name private due to attorney/client privilege. But on his radio show today, Hannity says he was never an actual “client” of Cohen’s, and never received or paid an invoice.
What comes up now is whether or not there IS an attorney/client relationship with Hannity? If not, then any conversations between the two men would not be covered by attorney/client privilege.
Also, Cohen’s work for his other two clients was covering up possible sex scandals? What did he do for Hannity?
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.
The fact that Sean Hannity has been railing against the FBI's investigation of Michael Cohen without disclosing that Michael Cohen IS HIS LAWYER is wildly unethical, and also perfectly on-brand for a Fox News host https://t.co/5aJQt3Sqh7— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) April 16, 2018
Cohen’s 3 clients:
#1. Trump: Cohen negotiated a $130k payoff to Stormy.
#2. Broidy: Cohen a $1.6m payoff for a playmate to get an abortion.
So the only question is who did @seanhannity fuck and pay off?