That was quick.
Seriously, I give Sean Hannity one day of grace, siding with him over the naked opportunism of Debbie Schlussel, who obviously felt she’d get in on the dogpile going on over at Fox News and casually tell a tale of being propositioned by Hannity years ago.
Schlussel claimed she was blackballed from appearing on Fox News after refusing to go back to Hannity’s hotel with him.
Hannity planted his feet and announced he’d be taking legal action, which brought a hasty “clarification,” in which she said she had never meant to suggest he sexually harassed her.
Hannity was right in all of this, and for all the issues I have with Hannity, what’s right is right, and in this instance, he was right.
Then he turns around and says something that, while basically right, adds that twist that just makes me shake my head and go right back to considering him a major tool.
On his Monday night show, Hannity gave an opening monologue about “liberal fascism” and the effort to silence conservative voices.
To an extent, he has a point.
Hannity said there have always been efforts during his time at Fox News to “smear and slander and besmirch” him. But those efforts have not been as “intense and completely insane” as they are now, he added.
“It has only gotten worse in the age of President Trump,” Hannity said.
“Now, it’s no secret I have been in supporter of the president and of course his policies. And quite simply, these liberal fascists — they can’t stand conservative voices.”
Let’s be fair. The “age of Trump” has caused Hannity to come completely unhinged. Anybody that has seen his hateful, abusive rants on social media in defense of Trump can back me up on that.
I actually watched in disbelief as he went on a rabid attack against Bill Kristol, after Kristol had complimented Trump!
Hannity took after him like a jealous lover, howling that because Kristol had been critical of Trump previously, he couldn’t compliment him now.
Had Trump taken notice of Kristol’s compliment and publicly thanked him, Hannity would have likely lapsed into a deep depression and disappeared into the hills, to live as a hermit, communicating only through occasional, rambling manifestos to local news outlets.
His Twitter commando attitude aside, Hannity is right to stand up for himself, where warranted, and Schlussel’s insinuation definitely warranted a firm response.
“Now, in this fiercely divided and vindictive climate, I will no longer allow slander to go unchallenged, as I see this to be a coordinated effort afoot to silence those with conservative views,” he said.
“I will fight every single lie about me about any and all legal means available to me as an American.”
Ok. Good. I’m still with you here, Sean.
He said there is coordinated attempt to “silence the voice of every outspoken conservative in this country.” Everyone who publicly supported President Trump is a target, he said, and called for people to stop silencing opposition voices.
“Now, I’m not the only one that these liberal fascist routinely targeted. Like me, conservatives are monitored on radio and TV, every word they say — in contrary to the alt radical left stated position — they’re so open-minded, liberals,” he said.
Do I believe liberals are targeting conservative voices?
They absolutely are. This is nothing new.
You cannot understate the subversive nature of liberals. They believe the ends justify the means. They are every bad guy in every action movie, with insidious motives and corrupt methods for getting what they want.
They think they are the good guys, however, which is what makes them so awful.
That being said, Hannity twisted his message by labeling Debbie Schlussel’s lie as an attack by a “liberal fascist.”
She’s not a liberal. Nothing in her history suggests it.
She’s a right-leaning whack-o. In fact, many of her past rants could be interchanged with Hannity’s and few would know the difference.
She has a problem with Hannity and Fox News, in general. It may very well be because of not being asked back as a guest on Hannity’s program, but she is definitely not a liberal.
Hannity had a point to make with his rant against “liberal fascism,” but to wrap up what is currently going on between he and Schlussel and that particular narrative is just false.
It’s as false as his attempt to build a wall between Trump’s supporters and those who bring up the “alt-right” by trying to coin the phrase, “alt-left.” There is no alt-left. The left are just the left and have always been the left.
If Hannity wants to make a statement and have it stick, he needs to make sure he’s not putting false labels on people, in order to push a narrative. This election season and the aftermath has apparently made labeling people falsely a thing.
Case in point: I’m probably one of the most conservative individuals you will ever encounter, having spent pretty much all of my adult life standing up for smaller government, gun rights, pro-life issues, states rights over federal intrusion, traditional marriage, and religious freedom. Because of my very vocal opposition to Donald Trump, however, I’ve been called a liberal, told George Soros pays me, I’m a Hillary Clinton supporter, and any number of absolutely laughable accusations, completely disconnected from reality.
Debbie Schlussel is a right wingnut who did a bad thing. Simple as that.