Hannity Urges Viewers to Troll ‘Fake News’ Tapper and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ Stelter on Twitter
In recent weeks, Fox News host Sean Hannity has devoted much of his airtime to attacking his media competitors, labeling them the “Alt Radical Destroy Trump Media” or some variation of that theme. He’s especially taken aim at MSNBC and CNN, parroting President Trump’s oft-used “Fake News” insult to go after CNN while slamming MSNBC as being conspiracy-driven.
During tonight’s broadcast of Hannity, the pro-Trump commentator devoted yet another segment to lobbing personal attacks at media personalities. But this time he added a twist — he also called on his viewers to troll these CNN and MSNBC hosts on social media.
After patting White House officials on the back for being combative in mainstream news interviews recently, Hannity brought up comments made by Barack Obama in 2008 when he asked folks to “argue” with their friends and neighbors.
“I am not encouraging you to get in your neighbor’s face like former President Obama did,” Hannity noted. “Liberals would say I was calling for violence. But you can call out fake news right at the source.”
He continued, “You can tell ‘Fake News’ Jake Tapper exactly what you think of his interview with Anthony Scaramucci — you can do it on Twitter. Or you can message Brian Stelter — Humpty Dumpty, [CNN President] Jeff Zucker’s stenographer — about his ‘Russia, Russia, Russia’ obsession and lack of desire to be fair and balanced.”
Last week, Hannity lashed out at Tapper after the CNN anchor reported that the Media Research Center was pulling its William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence from the conservative host after receiving complaints from Buckley’s son. As for Stelter, Hannity and the CNN host have had a back-and-forth going for a while now.
The Fox News host also brought up regular targets “Liberal” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, advising his audience to express their dissatisfaction with them via tweet. Or by emailing the executives at the networks.
“Take to the social media,” Hannity concluded. “I think you will have a positive input.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
UPDATE 10:30 AM ET 7/25/2017: It would appear that Hannity’s request backfired, at least in regards to Tapper, as the CNN anchor retweeted a number of accounts praising him. After posting a number of complimentary comments he’d received, Tapper then sent this tweet:
I don't think that one turned out the way he intended. Thanks, everyone. Very kind of you. pic.twitter.com/7ANilJ6scE
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 25, 2017
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