CNN’s Dana Bash went after Sean Hannity today by saying that the Fox News host is an exemplar of how political tribalism leads people to perceive issues strictly according to their preconceived views.
John King began the segment by looking at how Hannity used to condemn Julian Assange and WikiLeaks before they helped Trump win the 2016 election. This is despite the fact that many officials in the U.S. intelligence committee are certain that WikiLeaks has connections to Russia and is not aligned with American interests.
Bash concluded that this was “classic politics” in the sense that people like Hannity look at issues through a partisan lens, which is “too bad.”
“This is why Americans look at Washington, look at the media, Fox included, and say Event or Issue A is fine when the Republicans are in charge, and not when the Democrats are in charge and vice-versa. Both parties do it and Sean Hannity is in that lane of the Republican Party, he makes no bones about it, and it’s too bad. It is really too bad, but that is exactly why people who have any modicum of understanding of hypocrisy and contradiction should see that and say ‘give me a break.'”
Molly Ball agreed that partisanship increasingly shapes how people view the world, which prompted an interjection from Bash about the “sad” situation.
Watch above, via CNN.
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