Edward R. Murrow was a pioneer in TV news. He was highly revered by his colleagues in the business, and his career covered everything from radio coverage of World War II (a job done so superbly, that it led to celebrity status and a job offer from Winston Churchill) to pretty much ending the era of McCarthyism.
Then you’ve got Sean Hannity, whose claim to fame is pushing InfoWars-styled conspiracy theories about murdered DNC staffers (long after they’ve been debunked) and nightly, near-tearful worship sessions of Donald Trump.
The only thing Hannity and Murrow have in common are pants. Beyond that, no one sane is drawing a comparison.
No one sane.
Hannity, in his hard-hitting, no-nonsense investigative reporting decided to have the subject of the FBI’s FISA surveillance warrants make an appearance on his Monday evening show, Carter Page.
Page, a former Trump campaign aide, was the subject of about 4 different FISA warrants, beginning a month after he left the campaign, due to his connections to Russian nationals.
The controversy seems to be that the dossier put together by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, part of opposition research paid for by the DNC, was the impetus for receiving that first FISA warrant.
However, in order for their to be three subsequent warrants approved, something compelling had to have been gathered with that first warrant.
That’s the part Trump loyalists want to avoid talking about.
But back to Murrow and Hannity.
While appearing with Hannity, Page piled it high.
“You have been the Edward R. Murrow of this whole process,” Page told Hannity during an interview late Monday.
“It’s been so completely out of control, going back, really a year-and-a-half now.”
Yes. He just compared Sean Hannity to Edward R. Murrow and somewhere in the world, somebody’s faith in humanity just died.
Ok, to be fair, Hannity really was digging deep to get to the important, groundbreaking answers.
“It’s been nonstop, absolutely,” Page said.
Yeah. It’s all over now. Hannity has blown this thing wide open.
You know, because Page, under the withering glare of Sean “Scoop” Hannity, could say nothing other than the truth.
Did those lying liars lie about you?
Yes, they did.
There’s not an ounce of truth to Russia attempting to interfere in our election, is there?
No, there’s not.
Doesn’t President Trump have the most beautiful blue eyes?
He sure does.
Sean Hannity is a joke, and I’m pretty sure Carter Page knows that. He also knows he was in a safe, friendly environment, so sure, he could toss out a little butter for Hannity and the fellow Trump sycophants to roll around in.
Meanwhile, the Democrat memo released over the weekend suggests that the Russia probe began seven weeks before the first FISA warrant was requested.
Recent reports are that the FBI began looking into Trump’s aides, after George Papadopoulos drunkenly boasted to an Australian official of Russians shopping dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Pair that with the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and several Russians, after an email promising dirt on Clinton, then, yeah. It begins to make sense.
If Page wasn’t covering his own tail, and really wanted to compare Hannity to somebody more appropriate and truthfully, “Baghdad Bob” comes to mind.