Sean Hannity attacks Megyn Kelly for making fair observation about Trump’s lack of interviews
In case you needed further evidence that the political media, at least on the right, is beginning to descend to the madness it’s been covering for the past 1.5 years, here it is. On today’s segment of the pot calling the kettle black, Sean freaking Hannity is accusing another journalist of political bias — that journalist being fellow Fox News anchor Megan Kelly.
“Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock, will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days, which doesn’t exactly expand the tent for either one of them,” Kelly said on her Wednesday show. Frankly, where is the lie? Trump has hosted few press conferences and participated in few interviews since a press conference following the Republican convention in which the Republican nominee called on Russia to hack rival Hillary Clinton.
It’s worth noting that Kelly made pretty much the exact same criticism of Clinton on the same segment, saying of Clinton’s evasion of the press that the Democratic nominee obviously “is not in a place where she feels uncomfortable or anything unexpected could come at her, which is why she sat for a half an hour with Mary J. Blige, the singer, which is why she did ‘Entertainment Tonight’ this evening,” but hit Clinton for not sitting down with The Kelly File despite consistently using Kelly’s name as a talking point to highlight Trump’s sexism.
Still, Hannity, being the fair and impartial journalist he is, predictably came to Trump’s defense by tweeting that “clearly” Kelly “supports Hillary,” choosing to pay no mind to Kelly’s stark, equal criticism of Clinton.
Naturally, this ought to beg the question of whether Hannity would support or even maintain a neutral perspective on a candidate who accused him of being on his period and called him a bimbo. There’s no evidence Kelly supports Clinton, but if she did, would that really be so crazy or inappropriate given how consistently she’s been the target of grossly sexist bullying by Trump and his supporters, just for doing her job as a moderator and journalist? At any rate, it’s difficult for me to see her supporting the Democratic nominee considering how, sure, we can all sympathize with her as a victim of misogyny, but there’s no denying she’s propagated plenty of sexist and racist right-wing myths at Fox News.
Frankly, journalists accusing each other of bias is hardly a rare feat, especially at a time of such partisan political tension. But all this from a man who has unabashedly and often unfoundedly shit on just about everything President Obama has said and done, from eating a burger with dijon mustard to buying a house for his family.
Hannity is attacking another journalist for alleged being impartiality after literally featuring in a Trump campaign ad. He has the audacity to allege, without any proof save Kelly’s accurate criticism of Trump (it’s kind of a journalist’s job to do this sort of thing, actually), that Kelly is biased and favors Clinton. At this point, I literally cannot even.
That being said, at the end of the day, can we really blame Hannity for his instinct to come to Trump’s rescue? After all, there’s about as much evidence of Kelly supporting Clinton as there is evidence that Trump and Hannity are actually secret lovers (that private, intimate exchange in which Trump disclosed his opposition to the Iraq War to Hannity, hello?). I don’t blame him for naturally being defensive if that’s the case, but, hey, if he wants to talk about a conflict of interest, he can feel free to start there.