Sean Hannity sanctimoniously announced Wednesday night, “In serious situations, truth matters. Facts matter. And, unfortunately, there’s been way too much politicizing” of the coronavirus pandemic. Then – you guessed it – Hannity started to dishonestly spin and politicize Donald Trump's [mis]handling of the outbreak.
The Hannity show aired immediately after Trump’s mistake-laden address that immediately sent the global markets plunging. But, predictably, Hannity described it as “more decisive action and leadership” from Dear Leader.
Hannity is suddenly posturing as a lover of unity. Meaning, he is demanding everybody fall in line behind Trump – or be smeared.
If you believe that, I’ve got a degree from Trump University to sell you.
Then there was this:
Now, perspective aside, our current president, Donald Trump, - well, he’s not leading from behind. In fact, more facts. No president has ever done more, acted more quickly to slow the spread of a disease.
Sorry, Seanie-Pooh, but that is just ridiculous. Trump bungled the response and has spread misinformation, including on the Hannity show. Last night, Ashish Jha, who runs the Harvard Global Health Institute, called the federal response “a fiasco.”
Here’s Hannity not politicizing about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over his disapproval of Trump’s first travel ban in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Now, the political side of this, Joe Biden suggested that ban was xenophobic. CNN – over there, they said we were stigmatizing people from other countries.
Dr. Fauci, on this program last night: the president’s quick ban on travel from China likely saved thousands of lives. That one act in three weeks – unprecedented – probably literally saved thousands of Americans from contracting that disease and probably some, the elderly, those with underlying health issues – those with compromised immune systems from – yes, facing potential death.
Hannity's version of what Fauci said is either a spectacular misunderstanding or a deliberate falsehood. FACT CHECK: Infectious disease expert Fauci told Hannity the travel ban would at best delay a big outbreak.
FAUCI: When you do a travel ban, whether or not you're really going to interfere with any aspect of an outbreak, because you might delay it, but what's going to happen is that you'll wind up having a big outbreak anyway. That's true. When you have multiple different countries at the same time who have outbreaks and you can't exclude the entire world.
Once again, I will point out that this pre-scripted commentary was almost surely approved by a Fox News producer.
It’s bad enough that Fox News allows Hannity to spread dishonest propaganda in service of propping up Trump. But to let him pose as an impartial arbiter of facts is especially despicable at a time like this.
You can watch Hannity gaslight Fox viewers above, from the March 11, 2020 Hannity.
Posted with permission from News Hounds.