‘Neither fair nor balanced’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper rips Hannity for failing to disclose Cohen relationship
CNN’s Anderson Cooper accused Fox News host Sean Hannity of failing to live up to the network’s (former) “fair and balanced” slogan after he chose not to disclose a relationship with longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen–despite reporting on said attorney.
Cooper was explaining a “stunning moment” at a federal courthouse Monday, during which a lawyer for Cohen revealed Hannity’s status as a client.
“It would seem the president and Sean Hannity share more than dinners and frequent phone calls and a mutual love of Fox News programming,” Cooper said. “They also share an attorney.”
Turning to Hannity’s denial of a former attorney-client relationship with Cohen, Cooper explained the host “seems to be saying, ‘I was not really a client of attorney Michael Cohen’s but our conversations are confidential because he is an attorney and I am his client.’”
Noting Hannity originally reported on the FBI raid of Cohen’s office and residence last week “as if he had absolutely no connection to the story,” Cooper tore into the Fox News host’s ethical failing.
“Not disclosing a business or legal relationship with someone you report on and has had on as your guest as least 16 times … that doesn’t sound neither fair nor balanced,” Cooper said.