Sean Hannity went on a rant last night about the liberal media’s “hypocrisy” in their coverage of his connection with Michael Cohen.
In his opening monologue, Hannity spoke for more than 10 minutes about the hypocrisy from the left’s, “so-called journalists,” who had covered his previously undisclosed connection with Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen.
During the rant, Hannity argued that the mainstream media is “guilty of every single solitary thing they have been accusing me of over the last 24 hours,” and that he has always been honest about who he is and his conservative beliefs.
Hannity has taken a lot of flak for not disclosing his ties with Cohen on his show, where he has spoken about the FBI raids and the investigation into Cohen.
Hannity offered a series of “what abouts” during his opening monologue, arguing that the liberal media also has political ties that should be disclosed.
What about George Stephanopoulos’ Clinton connections? “Did George Stephanopoulos ever disclose the fact during the [Comey] interview that he worked on the ‘92 Clinton Campaign?” Hannity also pointed out that Stephanopoulos served as a Senior Adviser to President Clinton, and has donated to the Clinton Foundation.
- What about Jake Tapper’s past employers? Hannity then showed a clip of Mark Levin, who talked about Tapper’s past work for then-Representative Marjorie Margolies, the mother of Chelsea Clinton’s husband, as well as his work for Handgun Control Inc.: “Did fake news, CNN, did they ever disclose all of this when he hosted CNN’s gun control town hall a few months ago?
- Do spouses count? Hannity also pointed out a series of media personnel whose spouses worked in the Obama administration, such as CNN Senior Vice President, Virginia Moseley, who is married to former Deputy Secretary of State, Thomas Nides, and ABC’s senior national correspondent, Claire Shipman, who is married to former Press Secretary Jay Carney (a previous journalist himself).
Hannity has a point. Journalists across the media should probably be more transparent about any political ties they may have.
But the difference is noteworthy.
Hannity, however, is under fire for being directly related to news that he himself currently covers.
Moreover, no matter how valid Hannity's criticism is, it offers nothing to justify letting him off the hook.
So while his rebukes of media personalities might be justified, it suffers from a small "apples-and-oranges" problem, but also from a very serious "Whataboutism" problem.