Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity, who has the #1 mainstream media radio and television programs opposing the Deep State fake news juggernaut that seeks to destroy the presidency of Donald J. Trump, is the target of a new attack that aims to deliver the “kill shot” to his successful 21-year reign on the Fox News channel. And in so doing, further weaken the Trump Administration’s attempts to get its story out on the last surviving fair and balanced American mainstream media outlet.

It was largely a successful advertiser boycott of Fox News’s longtime #1 host Bill O’Reilly last spring that resulted in O’Reilly’s leaving the channel under a cloud in late April. Now, three months later, the enemies of Fox News, and of Hannity in particular, are gearing up for another round. The ultimate target of the take down effort is President Donald Trump.

In recent weeks and for the past several months, Hannity’s daily programs – three hours on nationally syndicated radio and an hour in prime time on the Fox News channel – have established the affable 55-year old host as the most easily accessible go-to source for accuracy and clarity on the coordinated effort that is trying to neutralize President Trump. Day after day and night after night, Hannity and his A-Team of expert guests – including investigative journalists Sara Carter of Circa News and John Solomon of The Hill, attorney and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett, and attorney and White House legal advisor Jay Sekulow, among others – have provided crisp, alternative, and accurate reporting and analyses of the day’s news, especially as it relates to the 45th POTUS.

Sean Hannity’s opening monologue, Fox News Channel, August 3, 2017

An example was Hannity’s program on Thursday August 3 (a transcript is online here), which, unlike most of his FNC programs, aired live at 10 PM EDT due to breaking news of President Trump’s address in West Virginia, which Fox, unlike CNN, carried live. After his opening monologue, Hannity had only four guests that night: Carter, Jarrett, Sekulow, and Newt Gingrich (author of the New York Times bestseller Understanding Trump), which allowed each guest ample time to have his or her say. The result was a complete deconstruct of the MSM’s unified spin on the five key points that topped the day’s news, as Hannity described it in his opening monologue. The key points included the story broken by the Wall Street Journal Thursday afternoon that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has “impaneled” a grand jury to hear evidence on the alleged collusion between Russia and Trump that has been the MSM’s principal anti-Trump meme since it was created out of whole cloth almost one year ago.

An advertiser boycott of Hannity’s FNC show was attempted last May when his program had the audacity to present several segments, including one on the episode of May 16, about the unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich – which a number of independent sources and analysts have posited may be linked to the publication in WikiLeaks of damaging internal DNC emails and documents last summer. That boycott attempt failed to gain momentum, but earlier this week, the Seth Rich case was revived when former D.C. homicide Detective Rod Wheeler, a key source and interviewee of Hannity’s last May, changed his story and now alleges – via a lawsuit – that he was an unwitting part of a conspiracy involving Fox News, several outside parties, and the Trump administration itself to push a fake narrative about Seth Rich’s murder in order to help President Trump!

Newsweek article, August 3, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, the once great American weekly newsmagazine Newsweek, which I was surprised to hear is still publishing (two years ago its print circulation had fallen to 100,000 copies from 4 million a decade ago), published its latest broadside against Hannity: “Fire Hannity Effort Intensifies:”

Efforts to get Fox News to fire commentator Sean Hannity have intensified in recent days, amid allegations that the network collaborated with the White House in promulgating a conspiracy theory that sought to cast blame on Democratic operatives for the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed while walking home from a bar in Washington, D.C.

After mentioning the previous boycott Hanity effort that failed last May, writer Alexander Nazaryan goes on to note:

The rising prominence of the site Fire Hannity suggests a redoubling of those efforts—this time independent of Media Matters, though using similar tactics. The site was founded by the Democratic Coalition, whose executive director, Nate Lerner, on Thursday told me flatly of Hannity’s coverage of the Rich murder, “I absolutely believe he knowingly used false info and quotes to enhance his story.”

Newsweek cover, February 6, 2009

It would seem to be largely irrelevant to take note of anything that appears in Newsweek at this point – in 2010, the Washington Post company sold the beleaguered publication to the late Sidney Harman for $1 – were it not for the mention of Nathan (Nate) Lerner as the brains behind the new, dedicated anti-Hannity Web site. The Democtratic Coalition that Lerner heads describes itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots Resistance organization.” (“Resistance” is capitalized in the group’s materials, much like “Movement,” as in the 1960s anti-war movement which eventually achieved reverential status deserving of having part of its name capitalized. In addition to their other agendas, these folks are aiming for history.)

Nathan (Nate) Lerner

The purpose of the Democrat Coalition is to resist and destroy the elected president Donald J. Trump. And boycotts are one of their preferred strategies. There is even a tab at the top of the group’s Web site to “Boycott Trump,” facilitated by a free, downloadable app.

Boycotts are definitely the Fire Hannity site’s thing, too: the home page has a list of more than 100 of Hannity’s advertisers and instructions on how to contact them to demand that they stop sponsoring his programs. If Sean Hannity and Fox News can be wounded or neutralized, that’s one more victory against the ultimate goal, the presidency of Donald Trump, that the Resistance can lay claim to.

Meanwhile, the new fuel for this latest, fledging boycott Hannity effort – the emergence three days ago of a completely new and different Rod Wheeler 2.0 – has come under increased scrutiny and challenge. On August 3, Law Newz, for example, a non-partisan site that “brings common sense written and video analysis to the often confusing and always intriguing world of the law,” published an informative and richly sourced article that raises serious doubts about Wheeler’s August 1 lawsuit that started this current brouhaha: “Rod Wheeler’s Own Words Completely Destroy Multiple Claims In His Fox News Lawsuit:”

Multiple allegations in Rod Wheeler‘s defamation lawsuit against Fox News are undermined by the plaintiff’s own statements both public and private.

LawNewz was founded by “TV’s top legal commentator and attorney, Dan Abrams,” who also previously worked as a prime time anchor and reporter for MSNBC. Rather than quote more of the excellent LawNewz article here, interested readers are directed to the original for an important read.

Meanwhile, for his part, Sean Hannity is continuing to ignore the whole Rod Wheeler 2.0 reboot – much to the chagrin of. . . Newsweek! – and, up to this point, the attempted boycott of his programs undertaken by the Resistance movement.

Final thought: Newsweek, despite its recent attempts to resuscitate itself (including by associating its fading legacy brand with the Resistance), is a shell of its former self – emblematic of the dying, dead, and now buried fake news mainstream media. R.I.P.

Peter Chowka is a veteran journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care. He is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and The Hagmann Report. On August 1, Peter appeared on The Hagmann Report to discuss the breaking news in the Seth Rich case. The recording of the entire 3-hour program is here, and Peter appears at the 1 hour 45 minute and 50 second point.