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Sean Hannity: The Mainstream Media Is Trying to Harm Our Country

“Hannity spent an entire 17 minute segment leveling attacks on the media, concluding that journalism is dead.”

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Going after the mainstream media has become a favorite pastime for conservative media pundits recently. Fox News host Sean Hannity got in on the act Tuesday night saying that the media has developed a mob mentality and they will attack anyone who does not fall in line with the Democratic agenda. In all, Hannity spent an entire 17 minute segment leveling attacks on the media, concluding that journalism is dead.

“We have long been reporting that the mainstream media is actively trying to harm the country that we love,” Hannity said. “We all knew that the media has influenced the democrats and weak establishment republicans, but we had no idea they were this powerful until now. We also knew that the media mob has had bias, but it has never been at this level. That bias has turned into a malignant campaign against truth and fairness. They have put this country through pure hell.”

Hannity also claims that the media has been lying so long that they can no longer discern the truth.

“These self-righteous, sanctimonious, so called journalists have been spreading their lies for so long that they have started to believe them,” he said. “They are holier than thou and they actually believe they are fair and represent truth. This is nothing more than a charade.”

Hannity says the media is now using its power to lecture Americans who voted for President Donald Trump, playing different clips from various CNN programs to illustrate his point.

“Unless 75 million of us (who voted for President Trump) accept the results of an election that has proven to be fraudulent because state election laws were broken, they will come after us .They call us jerks and say we suck, even calling us smelly Wal-Mart shoppers. Joe Biden and the media are best friends. He did not even have to attack Donald Trump during the campaign. Joe hid in his basement and let the media do it for him.”

Hannity also addressed the role of the media in the Trump–Russian collusion investigation, saying that media actions during the investigations prove that journalism is dead.

“The media made four big claims then, all of which were proven false,” Hannity said. “Did the media retract their false claims or did social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, take them down? They tried to hide behind the guise of journalism, but that’s not going to work because journalism is dead and it died a long time ago. It is now nothing more than a witch hunt designed to bludgeon Donald Trump.”

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CNN CEO Mark Thompson: We Wanted to Return Debates to ‘Simple, Classical Format’

“Much of the reaction of the public, the rest of the media, and other politicians is going to depend on President Trump and President Biden, who are the stars of the show.”

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CNN is scheduled to host the first 2024 presidential debate Thursday night, and CEO Mark Thompson wanted to return debates to a more simplistic format.

“I wanted a return to a very simple, classical format,” Thompson told The New York Times while mentioning the famous 1960 televised debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon as inspiration for the network’s decisions on rules and format for the high-profile event.

During Thursday’s debate between former President Donald Trump (R) and President Joe Biden (D), the microphones of the non-answerer will be muted. No live audience will be in attendance. CNN is also bucking decades of precedent by featuring commercial breaks during the 90-minute debate. During those breaks, candidates will not be able to consult with their campaign staff.

Many conservatives have questioned why Trump would agree to a debate with such rules, and have also questioned why he would welcome a debate on a network like CNN. Charges of political bias have been lobbied against the network since his rise to the presidency in 2016.

Thompson said that while he’s happy both campaigns agreed to the debate, the network plans to let Trump and Biden be the stars of the show.

“The fact that we got it was something of a moment for us,” Thompson said. “Much of the reaction of the public, the rest of the media, and other politicians is going to depend on President Trump and President Biden, who are the stars of the show.”

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CNN Defends Jake Tapper, Dana Bash Amid Criticism of Political Bias

“There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion…”

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CNN has defended both Jake Tapper and Dana Bash amid backlash and criticism of their perceived political biases.

In a statement to The Hill’s Dominick Mastrangelo, the network stood behind its decision to choose the pair to moderate the first presidential debate from its Atlanta studios this week.

“Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are well-respected veteran journalists who have covered politics for more than five decades combined. They have extensive experience moderating major political debates, including CNN’s Republican Presidential Primary Debate this cycle,” a network spokesperson said. “There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion and we look forward to the debate on June 27 in Atlanta.”

The defense of the moderators comes after CNN This Morning host Kasie Hunt prematurely ended an interview with former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt after she continually levied criticisms against Tapper.  

Hunt fiercely defended her colleagues both on the air in ending the interview with Leavitt and also in a social media post.

“You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period,” wrote Hunt on X. “I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

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MSNBC Announces First Live In-Person Show Featuring Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki and More

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

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Late last year, MSNBC announced plans for a series of live events leading up to the 2024 presidential election. It has now made plans for its first event featuring Rachel Maddow and Jen Psaki, among others.

On Saturday, September 7th, Maddow, Psaki, and Steve Kornacki are part of a panel who will appear on the stage at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

In the afternoon timeslot, Psaki, Kornacki, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, and Alex Wagner will “lead deep-dive discussions on the issues that matter most to voters: the state of the 2024 presidential race, the changing electorate, and the critical stretch of the campaign,” the network says.

In the evening session, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ari Melber, Stephanie Ruhle, Micahel Steele, Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders Townsend, and more will discuss “where things stand less than two months from Election Day,” before Maddow closes things out “the way only she can,” MSNBC said.

Tickets for the first session start at $128.50 while tickets for the evening show will begin at $168.50. Tickets for the event went on sale Monday morning.

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