Sean Hannity blasted the “abusively biased, corrupt, agenda-driven press” for continuing to attack President Donald Trump.
*Editor’s note: This article’s headline was corrected to say ‘fake news’ is a ‘growing’ threat. According to Pew Research Center drug addiction is at the top of the list.
The Fox News host unloaded a scathing commentary on the “phony news industry” during his monologue on “Hannity” Wednesday, citing a new poll which revealed that Americans are now more worried about “fake news” than climate change, racism, terrorism, or sexism.
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A new study from the Pew Research Center indicated that 50 percent of those surveyed believe fake news is a “very big problem” in the United States, while 46 percent felt the same way about climate change and 34 percent named terrorism as a “very big problem.”
According to the report:
Additionally, nearly seven-in-ten U.S. adults (68%) say made-up news and information greatly impacts Americans’ confidence in government institutions, and roughly half (54%) say it is having a major impact on our confidence in each other.
U.S. adults blame political leaders and activists far more than journalists for the creation of made-up news intended to mislead the public. But they believe it is primarily the responsibility of journalists to fix the problem. And they think the issue will get worse in the foreseeable future.
“This is a major political victory for President Trump,” Hannity declared Wednesday, citing the president’s success in “branding” the media which is “actively working as an extension of the Democratic Party all while pretending to be journalists.”
Hannity suggested the name will forever stick and the “fake news” organizations will probably never recover.
“While Americans are now aware of the threat that’s posed by fake information, by lies, conspiracy theories, you still have the rage-filled, Trump-hating media mob that are never going to slow down,” he said. “You think they’ll admit they’re wrong, make corrections, try to listen adapt and try to listen to the people they are supposed to serve? Don’t count on it.”
Hannity went on to cite the mainstream’s media’s coverage of Trump’s successful state visit to London, pointing out how the American press focused on anything negative about his trip while in Europe, the president and first lady Melania Trump received glowing reviews.
Queen sends Trump off with special parting words. British press positive, while US media shows its butt https://t.co/cSvb8zsK0A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 5, 2019
The Hill’s Joe Concha told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that while the British press and other European media outlets shared positive reports of Trump’s visit – with even Queen Elizabeth II reportedly telling him, “I hope you come to this country again soon,” – in the U.S., the mainstream media focused on protests and the “Trump Baby” balloons.
“And then you hear the punditry on our side, of people guessing what’s going on or sharing their feelings on certain subjects,” Concha added. “And that’s the problem, we’re getting way too many opinions based solely on speculation and how people perceive things instead of what people see on their screens.”
Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation’s Thatcher Foundation also spoke highly about the president’s visit to the UK.
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Hannity shared video clips of various reports from the liberal media, noting how MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was “setting the tone for all of her colleagues” with her “hateful, baseless coverage” of Trump’s trip.
He added that “thankfully” Americans can see past the lies and the “armchair psychology sessions,” noting that even a CNN poll is now indicating that there is a rising expectation in the nation that Trump will win reelection in 2020.