Sean Hannity, the straight talking Fox News presenter gave life to his earlier remarks that ‘’I’m not a journalist, I’m a talk show host’’ in a sensational way last week. This came about when he was speaking to Ted Cruz on his show, in which he was clearly unimpressed by Cruz’s responses.
Hannity had described himself as a talk show host as way to stifle widespread condemnation that he was using his show as a platform to give publicity to the Republican candidate of his choice and publicly campaigning for him.
As the ThinkProgress news site puts it, ‘’ [Donald] Trump has appeared on Hannity an astonishing 41 times since he announced his campaign last June, often for the entire hour. (On five occasions, Hannity replayed extensive excerpts from previous appearances by Trump.) In other words, you can watch Hannity interview Trump about once a week. Hannity’s role is less of an interviewer than a member of Trump’s campaign staff. During his appearances, Hannity seeks to tamp down controversies, talk up Trump’s poll numbers, and tout his policy proposals.’’
These comments seem to ring true with the events that took place during the show. As Ted Cruz was being interviewed on the show, Hannity seemingly got annoyed at the stabs that Cruz was poking at his political rival, Donald Trump.
“Every time I have you on the air and I ask a legitimate question, you try to throw this in my face. I’m getting sick of it” Hannity exclaimed in frustration, following Cruz’s failed attempt to dodge a question regarding his plans for an open convention. “So if I ask you, senator, a legitimate question to explain to the audience, why don’t you answer it?”
Not to be outdone, Cruz promptly responded, “As I travel the country, nobody is asking me this, other than the Trumpsters and the people repeating it.’’
The tipping point came when Hannity yelled, ‘’ But senator, why do you do this? Every single time I — no, you gotta stop. Every time I have you on the air, and I ask a legitimate question, you try to throw this in my face. I’m getting sick of it. I’ve had you on more than any other candidate, on radio and TV. So if I ask you senator, a legitimate question that would explain to the audience, why wouldn’t you just answer it?’’