>❝ “So it has gone from Russia collusion, to a St. Petersburg troll farm, to Stormy Daniels, to Michael Cohen, and now, Sean Hannity?” Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft asked rhetorically, reeling from a whirlwind day that began with Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, walking into federal court, and ended with the revelation that Cohen claimed Hannity as a client. “Where does it stop and what the hell does this have to do with the Russia collusion?”
>❝ Indeed, anger and stupefaction were the primary emotions on the far right Monday as the media raced to keep apace with a cascade of twists and turns in the Stormy-gate circus…The news had prompted a near-instantaneous meltdown on Twitter as media pundits and commentators speculated about what sinister deal Cohen might have negotiated on Hannity’s behalf…Indeed, while CNN and MSNBC seized on the news with rapturous zeal, the right-wing mediaverse was spectacularly silent on the Cohen-Hannity question…
Eddie Scarry, the media reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, suspected that Trumpworld was more worried about potential skeletons in Cohen’s closet than they were letting on…Hannity, he added, was only a plot point in the vast right-wing narrative, if a totally bonkers one: “Yeah, of course that’s the logical next step in this insanity.”
Looking past the smell of Trump’s life, the corruption and national degradation he’s created in Washington, I would neither call this insanity nor logic. Crime and opportunism always benefit from cooperative ignorance. In this case, on the part of a significant minority of eligible voters.
6 thoughts on “Where Does It Stop?”
“Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity’s property empire : Fox News host who said Trump’s fixer ‘knows real estate’ has a portfolio that includes support from Department of Housing, a fact he did not mention when interviewing Ben Carson last year” https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/22/michael-cohen-sean-hannity-property-real-estate-ben-carson-hud “Hannity, who is reportedly paid $36m per year for his television and radio shows, was criticized this week following Cohen’s court hearing, after it became clear he had defended Cohen and Trump on the air without disclosing that he also consulted Cohen for legal services. He also declined to note his financial interest when he hosted Carson on Fox News last June for a discussion about Hud and housing. Hannity praised privatization plans pushed by Trump and Carson.” (Records link Hannity to a group of 20 shell companies that spent at least $90m on more than 870 homes in seven states over the past decade, some of which were purchased with taxpayer support from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development (Hud). The list of properties bought by the Hannity-linked companies includes multimillion-dollar homes used by Hannity.
“Sean Hannity’s real estate venture linked to fraudulent property dealer : Shell company tied to the Fox News host bought homes through Jeff Brock, who was charged in 2016 with fraud and conspiracy for his role in a scheme to rig auctions on foreclosed properties” https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/24/sean-hannity-real-estate-property-dealer-jeff-brock-fraud-foreclosures
“Hannity interviewed Trump after the Russia summit, and it was embarrassing” Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic July 16, 2018 https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/media/2018/07/16/russia-summit-sean-hannity-fox-news-interview-president-donald-trump-embarrassing/790980002/
(CNN) “A member of House Democratic leadership says it may be time to hear from Fox News host Sean Hannity — under oath.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/01/politics/sean-hannity-michael-cohen-congress/index.html “Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, who chairs the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said that Hannity’s latest comments suggest he has information about hush money payments made by Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to keep the then-presidential candidate’s alleged extramarital affairs quiet in the days before the 2016 election. Trump later reimbursed Cohen for those payments.
“Sean Hannity volunteered first-hand knowledge about Michael Cohen’s actions last night,” Cicilline spokesman Francis Grubar told CNN. “If he was lying, it wouldn’t be the first time. This is the same guy who claimed inside knowledge that Russia didn’t hack the DNC until a federal judge ordered him to stop. Regardless, if he feels he has information that’s relevant to this investigation, he should share it under oath before Congress.”
On his television program Thursday night, Hannity told Trump that Cohen told him “at least a dozen times” that “he made the decision on the payments — and he didn’t tell you.”
“He told me that personally,” Hannity said to Trump.
The comment prompted Cicilline — a member of the influential House Judiciary Committee — to tweet Thursday: “Sean Hannity is now volunteering himself as a witness. I look forward to his testimony.”
Talking to Hannity on Thursday, Trump pinned the blame on his former attorney for the payment scheme, even though a recording obtained by CNN last year reveals Trump discussing the payments with Cohen.”
(June 21, 2019): “Earlier today, a court unsealed more than 50 pages of text messages that were apparently exchanged between presidential lapdog Sean Hannity and noted crime enthusiast Paul Manafort over the course of a year. The texts, which span from July 2017 to June 2018, show Manafort desperate for an ally and a Hannity who’s just desperate, generally speaking.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/sean-hannitys-paul-manafort-texts.html
You can read the release in full here https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6165129-Texts-Messages-Between-Paul-Manafort-Sean-Hannity.html
See also “Manafort and Hannity exchanged hundreds of text messages about Mueller-Russia probe” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/manafort-hannity-exchanged-hundreds-text-messages-about-mueller-russia-probe-n1020561 …In late January of this year, Manafort said in one message, “Sean, per our conversation this morning, my attorney — Kevin Downing — will call you at 11:30 am tomorrow. He will update you on what we are doing and how it connects to your reporting. What number should I give him to call you?”
Hannity replies, “Awesome,” and says “I asked him to feed me every day” and later says, “HE HAS TO SEND ME STUFF.”
The documents show that the judge presiding over Manafort’s trial in Washington D.C. was concerned that Downing had violated a gag order imposed on the lawyers and parties in the case.
Hannity responded to the released text messages in a tweet Friday evening. “My view of the Special Counsel investigation and the treatment of Paul Manafort were made clear every day to anyone who listens to my radio show or watches my TV show,” he said in the tweet.
Sean Hannity says Dems, ‘media mob’ weaponizing coronavirus against President Trump: ‘Predictable and disgraceful’ https://www.foxnews.com/media/sean-hannity-blasts-media-mob-and-democrats-for-using-coronavirus-as-a-political-weapon
Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ (March 6, 2020):
HANNITY: Last question. Is there anything the president could have done sooner, faster, in your view medically?
DR MARC SIEGEL (Fox News medical correspondent): Absolutely not. He’s been having the leaders working on it. By the way, now that the cases are starting to come, the test kits are coming, so we’re getting them in time. I think the president has been projecting calm. I’ve written a book on fear. He’s been very cool. Did you see him today? He’s the anti-fearmonger-in-chief, Sean. https://www.mediamatters.org/sean-hannity/foxs-dr-marc-siegel-says-worse-case-scenario-coronavirus-it-could-be-flu