Fox’s Sean Hannity continued his tirade against CNN media critic Brian Stelter on his radio show on Tuesday during a phone call with Donald Trump Jr., Media Matters reported
“The guy lectures me because I raise questions about, you know — Hillary’s falling down, she had health issues that were pretty significant, won’t release her health records, won’t release her speeches to Wall Street,” Hannity complained.
Stelter took Hannity to task for peddling “reckless speculation” about the Democratic presidential nominee’s health.
But Hannity did not mention that it was Associated Press reporter Lisa Lerer who debunked the argument by conservative media that Clinton “suffered a seizure” during an encounter with Lerer in June.
“Seemingly as ‘proof’ that something was amiss with Clinton, Hannity exclaimed: ‘Watch the reporter, like, pull back as she — the reporter got scared. And she keeps doing it. What is that?’ Lerer wrote. “Fox News never contacted me to ask that question. For the record, I wasn’t scared for a moment.”
Instead, Hannity focused on Stelter, calling him a “little pipsqueak [and] so-called media critic.”
“You’ve got Brian the stenographer Stelter, doing the bidding of Jeff Zucker,” he ranted. “They literally have a professor from the Kennedy School of Journalism, who calls your dad a demagogue and says ‘Well, demagogues, if they’re elected, that usually leads to dictatorship,” and the guy never questioned him.'”
Hannity and the younger Trump also indulged in another debunked argument concerning Mitt Romney’s performance in the 2012 election.
“How dare I point out that it’s a little odd to me that 59 districts in Pennsylvania in 2012, not one vote for Romney,” Hannity said. “59 districts, I’m sorry, but that seems odd to me.”
“Well, it’s different. If you’re a Democrat, you’re allowed to have the dead voting for you,” said Trump. “But if you’re a Republican, that would never happen.”
Except it did, in Philadelphia. As Billy Penn reported, City Commissioner Al Schmidt — a Republican — debunked the idea that there was malfeasance involved in the result, noting that it would be impossible to subtract votes from voting machines in the city, which has several districts that heavily lean toward Democrats.
Schmidt said voter fraud on the scale Hannity has proposed would require “hundreds of people engaging in a conspiracy, and no one finding out about it.”
The claim has subsequently been rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact.
Listen to Hannity’s commentary, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Elizabeth Warren surges ahead of Joe Biden in new Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa Caucuses
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has surged to first place among likely Iowa Caucus-goes, according to a new poll released Saturday night by CNN and the Des Moines Register.
The poll showed Warren at 22%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 20%.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is at 11%, South Bend Mayor Pete Buggigieg is at 9% and Sen. Kamala Harris is at 6%.
‘He knows I’m actually better at the internet’: Andrew Yang says Trump is too scared to attack him
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggested President Donald Trump is too scared to attack him during a CNN appearance on Saturday.
Yang, whose campaign has been buoyed by his passionate online supporters known as the "Yang Gang," was interviewed by Van Jones.
"Part of the thing is that you’re such an unlikely candidate that people, they’re not shooting at you, even Donald Trump doesn’t have a bad name for you yet," Jones noted. "Is that a good thing or a bad thing?"
"Well, Donald Trump hasn’t messed with me online because he knows I’m actually better at the internet than he is," Yang replied, to cheers from the crowd.
Taylor Swift could swing 2020 against Donald Trump — a GOP consultant did the math
Singer Taylor Swift could play a key roll in the 2020 presidential election, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Saturday.
Swift has been public in her criticism of President Donald Trump and told Vanity Fair she is intent to "do everything I can for 2020."
Republican strategist Evan Siegfried was asked about Swift's activism by MSNBC anchor Alison Morris.
"At the same time, Taylor Swift did to something very good, urging people to register to vote months before the election," he noted. "A lot of young people did that."