Sean Hannity says his coverage of Seth Richards has earned him enemies who are trying hard to muzzle him.
Sean Hannity has been a major star at the Fox News for some time. Yet he has recently suggested that his platform is being threatened. It seems his coverage of the Seth Rich murder and the controversy surrounding it has provoked Leftists to campaign against him. They are doing this by going after his sponsors to get them to drop their support of his show. The Associated Press reports, “Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving.”
On Wednesday, Hannity sent a steady stream of tweets that targeted Media Matters for America, the liberal lobbyists who a day earlier had posted a list of his show’s advertisers on its web site. Targeting a show’s advertisers is a potent line of attack in television; the swift abandonment of Bill O’Reilly’s advertisers last month after the revelation of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment charges was widely considered a factor in his firing by Fox.
Media Matters is “targeting my advertisers to silence my voice,” Hannity tweeted. “They hope to get me fired. Rush (Limbaugh), O’Reilly, (Glenn) Beck, (Don) Imus and now me.” He posted a series of links to articles about Media Matters’ funding, and ties to figures reviled by many conservatives, like George Soros and Bill Clinton.
Media Matters denied that it was mounting a pressure campaign focusing on Hannity’s advertisers. The organization’s president Angelo Carusone said he hadn’t spoken to any sponsors. He said he wanted advertisers to be aware of Hannity’s “volatility” as part of a general Media Matters campaign to get them to think about advertising on Fox; Media Matters hasn’t posted a list of sponsors for any other specific show.
So far, only Cars.com has dropped the show.
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