Several weeks ago, we brought you the mind-boggling news that Fox’s Sean Hannity would be receiving Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.
The absolute audacity in presenting somebody like Sean Hannity with an award named after the man who founded the National Review and was considered, in his time, “arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States” was surreal.
Hannity has never been an intellectual, and since jumping the Trump train, he has devolved to nightly, frothing rants, raves, and tabloid-level pimping of conspiracy theories.
Actual conservatives, those who are holding firm to the platform of less government, state rights, and the free market, over nationalism and the sycophantic blathering of Trumpism, were pretty aghast at the notion of Buckley’s name being associated with Hannity.
Just a small tip moving forward for Hannity, or anybody else living in confusion: Conservatism does not mean “Whatever Trump says is right.”
Buckley’s family were just as upset, and apparently, his only child, author Christopher Buckley, made his displeasure known.
According to CNN:
A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley “expressed great dismay” at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who has spent a great deal of time insulting conservative intellectuals on Twitter, particularly since he became a strong supporter of Donald Trump.
Buckley, sources say, called the Media Research Center and expressed his disapproval. Sources tell CNN that the MRC acquiesced and will no longer give the award to him. Hannity has since been removed from the gala website.
The line they’re going with, in order to explain away the sudden switch from news that was announced several weeks ago is that Hannity had a “scheduling conflict.”
A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley said of the concocted scheduling excuse: “perhaps Mr. Hannity has been offered the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award on the same evening and had decided to leverage upwards.”
Can we safely say the younger Buckley is not a fan?
A Fox News spokesperson has confirmed that Hannity will not be attending the gala to accept that award.
That’s because they’re not giving it to him, now.
Brent Bozell, the founder of Media Research Center, is the nephew of William F. Buckley, so this train wreck was, ultimately, his doing. Thankfully, he listened to his cousin and corrected it before further besmirching his uncle’s name.
Maybe he should have checked with the other members of Buckley’s family before attempting to posthumously load his uncle aboard the Trump train – a move the man would have almost assuredly objected to, were he in a position to speak.
For his part, Hannity is taking it well:
You stay classy, Sean.