Leftist State Media Hits Hannity, Conservative Media

The implicit point for Times readers is that The Times and the rest of its mainstream media allies are all about “nonpartisan objectivity” - which is laughably untrue.
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They don’t like it. In fact, they are furious.

In the last two days, the propaganda arms of the Leftist State Media have angrily lashed out at both Sean Hannity specifically and the larger conservative media in general.

Why?

Because as is now obvious, the so-called “mainstream media” has lost its monopoly – and they are furious.

The implicit point for Times readers is that The Times and the rest of its mainstream media allies are all about “nonpartisan objectivity” – which is laughably untrue.

What began all the way back in 1955 with the birth of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review, as the mainstream media tilted further and further left over the decades, conservative media was, ever so slowly, gaining traction. In 1967 a college student at Indiana University named R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. audaciously began another conservative magazine – The American Spectator. (Where, full disclosure, I hang my hat as a contributing editor.) In 1988 Rush Limbaugh went national with his Sacramento talk radio show – becoming an instant sensation. In 1996, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes birthed Fox News, bringing on, among others, a young talk radio star from Atlanta named Sean Hannity. By the turn of the 21st century, the Internet had blossomed, with one conservative site after another breaking news and offering commentary. (Think: Breitbart.)

Which is to say, collectively, conservative media had finally broken the stranglehold of the “mainstream media” on the news and views that would be presented to the American people. The leftwing monopoly was over, gone with the wind – and the leftwing “mainstream media” was very, very unhappy.

As I have discussed elsewhere on this site and over at The American Spectator, The New York Times used its front page on Wednesday to launch an attack on veteran journalist John Solomon. Why? Because John has very, very effectively been absolutely relentless in digging into the secrets surrounding the Spygate scandal, in which government bureaucrats, with the full cooperation of the Leftist State Media, plotted, planned and connived to, first, stop candidate Donald Trump from winning the presidency. Then, when that – to their shock – failed, they set about seeking to overturn the election with an effective coup d’état based on a phony charge of Trump-Russia collusion.

As noted, the last two days two outlets in the Leftist State Media have lashed out furiously at Sean Hannity. Why? Because it is Hannity who has pulled together what he calls an “ensemble cast” of journalists and lawyers to investigate the investigators. And in doing so Hannity has very, very effectively illustrated that the left-wing monopoly is over. Done. Dead as a doornail and gone forever.

This is the reason The Times says this in its Solomon story:

“Mr. Solomon’s work has been endorsed by some of the most influential figures on the right like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the president, who has highlighted Mr. Solomon’s articles on Twitter.

….Nicole Hemmer, a historian at Columbia University who studies the conservative media, said people often mistakenly refer to the Fox News-talk radio world as an “echo chamber” of opinion when in fact it is more like “an interconnected set of authorities.”

“Sean Hannity talks about John Solomon,” she said, “and then that gets picked up on Rush and Levin.” The effect, she added, is that his reporting carries weight with conservative audiences. “That gives it an authority when they’re hearing it from multiple sources every day.”


When Mr. Solomon appears on television and the radio, Mr. Hannity and other conservative hosts often identify him as an investigative reporter and cite his decades of experience at news organizations like The A.P. But his critics see this as a sleight of hand to give his writing a veneer of nonpartisan objectivity.”

Notice that phrase? This one: “…..Mr. Hannity and other conservative hosts often identify him as an investigative reporter and cite his decades of experience at news organizations like The A.P. But his critics see this as a sleight of hand to give his writing a veneer of nonpartisan objectivity.”

The implicit point for Times readers is that The Times and the rest of its mainstream media allies are all about “nonpartisan objectivity” – which is laughably untrue.

Over at Mediaite, the palpable anger of MSNBC’s Ari Melber at the loss of the left-wing media monopoly is headlined this way:

Ari Melber: How Did We Get Here? Because of ‘Weaponized’ Propaganda from John Solomon, Hannity, Giuliani, and More

In which Melber angrily attacks Hannity (among others) for “ ‘weaponizing’ propaganda on Ukraine.”

Translation: MSNBC, The New York Times and the rest of the Leftist State Media have lost their media monopoly, and Sean Hannity has had the audacity – the audacity! – to not only expose what is the greatest political scandal in American history but be a leader in the conservative media revolution that has ended the Leftist State Media’s monopoly.

Oh, boo-hoo.


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