Monday, August 22, 2016

Sean Hannity: I Never Claimed to be a Journalist

In that at least he shows himself to be more honest than Kellyanne Conway who claimed yesterday that Donald Trump doesn't do personal insults.

Keith Olbermann recently reminisced about how when he was with Hannity at ABC Hannity would laugh that anyone could believe anything he says as 'It's all theatrical.'

However, at this point, Hannity is now both advising and 'interviewing' Trump at the same time.

Again, the sort of setup Putin would love. And it's been pointed out Trump is sort of like a Russian Oligarch.

So it's all very cozy. Corey Lewandowski at CNN. Breitbart running the Trump campaign. Roger Ailes making advertising and leadership decisions for Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, Trump's favorite interviewer-adviser, the theatrical Sean Hannity.

"Sean Hannity, the host of talk radio’s The Sean Hannity Show and Fox News’sHannity, is said to be informally advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. According to The New York Times, Hannity believes that he’s “more honest” than the mainstream media because he doesn’t hide his bias. After reporting unveiled that Hannity is advising Trump on strategy and messaging, he admitted to the Times that he does, adding, “I don’t say anything privately that I don’t say publicly.” Hannity added, “I never claimed to be a journalist.” Several sources said they believed Hannity might even be gunning for a role in Trump’s future administration, though the host denied that as “laughable.” Hannity said, “Do I talk to my friend who I’ve known for years and speak my mind? I can’t not speak my mind." He added, “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.”

"During major inflection points in Donald J. Trump’s campaign, the advisers, family members and friends who make up his kitchen cabinet burn up their email accounts and phone lines gaming out how to get his candidacy on track (and what counsel he might go along with)."

"But one person in the mix brings more than just his political advice. He also happens to control an hour of prime time on the Fox News Channel."

"That person is Sean Hannity."

"Mr. Hannity uses his show on the nation’s most-watched cable news network to blare Mr. Trump’s message relentlessly — giving Mr. Trump the kind of promotional television exposure even a billionaire can’t afford for long."

"But Mr. Hannity is not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser. Several people I’ve spoken with over the last couple of weeks said Mr. Hannity had for months peppered Mr. Trump, his family members and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging."

"So involved is Mr. Hannity that three separate denizens of the hall of mirrors that is Trump World told me they believed Mr. Hannity was behaving as if he wanted a role in a possible Trump administration — something he denied to me as laughable and contractually prohibitive in an interview on Friday."
So is Hannity basically denying that journalism exists? That's basically been the Fox way, the Roger Ailes business model.

Speaking of Ailes-the man who's been accused of sexual harassment but scores of women who have worked for him:

"The New York Times reported that Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of Fox News, has assumed an advisory role in the Trump campaign, successfully urging Trump to change his campaign’s leadership, and offered guidance on Trump’s television campaign ads."

"While the Trump campaign previously denied Ailes’ advisory role, the Times reports that Trump convened a group “of paid and unpaid advisers including the pollster Kellyanne Conway, Roger Ailes, the ousted Fox News Chairman, and Stephen K. Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart news.” The report noted that during the meeting, Ailes “urged Mr. Trump to reconfigure the campaign’s leadership.” The next Tuesday, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was replaced by Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway:

"It was an article in The New York Times last weekend — about frequent but frustrated efforts by Mr. Trump’s top advisers to curtail his pugilistic instincts — that set off the series of events leading to Mr. Manafort’s departure. On Saturday, Mr. Trump raged at Mr. Manafort, holding him responsible for the article."

"On Sunday, Mr. Trump hastily convened a meeting of paid and unpaid advisers including the pollster Kellyanne Conway; Roger Ailes, the ousted Fox News chairman; and Stephen K. Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News, a conservative website. Mr. Manafort was not present."

"Mr. Ailes urged Mr. Trump to reconfigure the campaign’s leadership, according to a Republican briefed on the meeting. A former Republican strategist and ad man who was friends with Mr. Trump long before his ouster, Mr. Ailes had reviewed some of the initial television commercials Mr. Manafort had overseen and told Mr. Trump in blunt terms that they were lackluster."

"Only on Tuesday, the eve of its announcement, was Mr. Manafort informed of the campaign’s impending shake-up: Ms. Conway would become campaign manager, and Mr. Bannon would become the campaign’s chief executive."
Again, the kind of media operation Putin would admire. 

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