For many observers, the discovery on Monday that Sean Hannity had been hiding his involvement with Michael Cohen raised questions about the journalistic scruples of the Fox News host. But some point out that he was never a journalist anyway. 

On Monday Sean Hannity was outed as one of Michael Cohen's clients, next to President Donald Trump. Hannity came under fire for his decision to omit that fact from previous discussions of the case, even as he would rail against the FBI investigations into Cohen and Trump.

Hannity responded to the criticism in a series of tweets, insisting that Cohen never represented him, that he never retained Cohen or paid him legal fees, and that the conversations they had “dealt almost exclusively with real estate.”

Some of Hannity's harshest critics have taken to Twitter to point out, in backhanded defense, that Hannity couldn’t have broken journalism’s code of ethics, because he isn’t a journalist.


Sure, many liberals called for Hannity to be fired, making the hashtag #FireHannity trend on the social media site.

Even Congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia joined in. 

Fellow Fox News host, Juan Williams, also questioned Hannity’s decision on air.​​

The outrage is real. Filmmaker Rob Reiner considers Hannity's omission a serious ethical breach.

Berkley Economics Professor Robert Reich explained the stakes thusly:

But don't get your hopes up, according to Vanity Fair's Joe Hagan:

Wait, ethics, what? Interestingly, some liberals were less eager to banish Hannity. He didn't deserve infamy for being an unethical journalist, they said, because he was never a journalist to being with.

Pollster Matt McDermott called "big duh" on the whole thing.

Author Mark Harris put it this way:

Conservative radio host and former-Republican Congressman from Illinois Joe Walsh quipped that expecting Fox to discipline Hannity is to hold the very network to higher journalistic standards than it deserves.

​​In conclusion... maybe it's not really that big of a deal?