In an opinion piece published by Fox News, and adapted from Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show, Hannity outlined why he believes that journalism in this country is dead.
“Despite the massive amount of evidence against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, you have to assume he’s an innocent man until convicted in a court of law. That is standard for anybody,” Hannity said.
“But this is about so much more than an overpaid, attention seeking, wanting a raise, Trump-hating actor. The Smollett case represents another example of what I have been saying since 2007 and 2008: Journalism in this country is dead.”
According to Hannity, the news media’s recent history of beating the same dead horse, time after time, regardless of authenticity, just as long as it supports their anti-Trump narrative, is a tribute to just how far the profession has fallen.
“Look at what they did to the 16-year-old Covington high school student, Nick Sandmann. Off a 15-second blurb, they accused him of being a racist, harassed him, accused him of assaulting a 65-year-old activist and getting in his face. They tried to ruin this kid’s life with slander, smearing, besmirching, character assassination,” Hannity went on.
“They accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of gang rape, saying that every other weekend, he and his friends were drugging teenage girls and literally, you know, lining up in the hall for gang rapes that nobody ever reported. They tried to ruin his life, tried to call him an alcoholic. We know how that ended. He is now a Supreme Court justice.”
The Fox host then went on to highlight several other instances of individuals who were accused of heinous crimes and prosecuted by journalists on-air, without the presumption of innocence, including the Duke Lacrosse players and the Ferguson police officer as well as George Zimmerman.
“Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh summarized the state of the media pitch-perfectly,” Hannity said, quoting the longtime radio host:
“The left is nothing but phony,” Limbaugh said. “Hate crimes, phony alleged hate crimes, phony charges, made up stories, they know these things probably aren’t true but they want them to be and that’s why they report them as true. They think this is what America is.”
“In the mind of the American left, these crimes are happening everywhere,” Limbaugh continued. “Even if the Smollett case isn’t real, it’s real elsewhere and we must raise consciousness. The media is signing onto it, the celebrities are signing on, presidential candidates are signing onto it, and tweeting what a rotten place America is because of it.”
“Rush is right,” Hannity went on. “The media mob’s disgusting bias, it is obvious, both from what they obsess over and what they choose to sweep under the rug.”