I can’t stand turning on Fox News! The 24/7 Trump news cycle has gotten so bad and so repetitive, that I can predict with fair accuracy what will be on almost any given show before it even starts.
One night, I was making dinner, and Rob just happened to have the FNC on. O’Reilly’s show was starting, which is bad and unlistenable enough as it is, because he’s such a pompous, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, know-it-all douchebag, who never actually lets any guest finish a thought, and winds up interrupting with his own brain droppings, as if whatever escapes his maw is of national security importance. So I generally yell at Rob to turn the thing off as soon as his show starts. That night, however, I told him, “Watch. The first portion will be an interview with Trump, bloviating about something incomprehensible.”
Rob told me to be patient, and that maybe that wouldn’t be the case.
Literally a few seconds later, some douche who was filling in for O’Reilly announced that the first order of business would be a telephone interview with Donald Trump, and immediately launched into the phone conversation. Yeah, that channel was changed rather quickly. I can’t stand listening to that guy.
For a long time, I thought Sean Hannity was a little more watchable than O’Reilly. He at least gave lip service to libertarianism. It wasn’t a whole lot of lip service, but some, and at one point he actually had Penn Gillette on his radio show! Since the start of the 2016 campaign season, however, Hannity has pulled right along side O’Reilly on the “want to stab my TV” scale. It was a photo finish for a while.
Until the past few months.
Hannity has surpassed O’Reilly in sheer DERP! He has his tongue so firmly implanted in the orange rectum, that I’m surprised he can get a sentence out, prompting Wall Street Journal editor Bret Stephens to call Hannity Fox News’ dumbest anchor.
— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) August 5, 2016
This prompted a froth-flecked meltdown from Hannity that was glorious to behold! It included accusations that Stephens was absent in taking the Republican establishment to task on executive amnesty for illegal aliens and refusing to use the power of the purse to repeal ObamaCare, and calling him a “dumbass.”
Sounds like he’s been taking debating lessons from his orange deity. I’m just hoping he doesn’t start referencing his dick during his shows.
Let’s remember that the GOP in Congress has actually voted to repeal ObamaCare several times. They’ve also kept up a steady effort to delay the law’s implementation. I’m not sure where Bret Stephens – a Pulitzer winning FOREIGN AFFAIRS columnist and WSJ editor – was supposed to have been during these efforts. Doing his job, perhaps?
The Wall Street Journal has reported plenty on the executive amnesty, and its editorial staff has specifically taken the GOP to task on squandering its majority. So, I’d say maybe Hannity or his staff should do some Google searching.
Not that I agree with everything the WSJ writes – far from it. But good lord! Such hamhanded insults without a shred of research?
Hannity’s lazy lack of research efforts is not rare, though. The story about the Valiant Trump allegedly riding in to the rescue of 200 Marines stranded at Camp Lejeune after returning home from the Persian Gulf in 1991, must have given Hannity listeners a warm fuzzy when he clickbaited the story in May.
200 Stranded Marines Needed A Plane Ride Home, Here’s How Donald Trump Responded
Hannity quotes a Cpl. Ryan Stickney, who recalls the story.
“The way the story was told to us was that Mr. Trump found out about it and sent the airline down to take care of us. And that’s all we knew….I remember asking ‘Who is Donald Trump?’ I truly didn’t know anything about him,” the former Marine said.
The Trump campaign has confirmed to Hannity.com that Mr. Trump did indeed send his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to transport over 200 Gulf War Marines back home. No further details were provided.
The Marine says he and his family are—to this day—grateful for Trump’s kind gesture. “It may not seem like much to most people, but it was very important to a bunch of jar heads and more importantly their families waiting for them on the hot tarmac.”
Uh-oh! A couple of red flags.
- Stickney says “the way the story was told to us.” By whom? That’s all he knew? Interesting.
- The Trump campaign confirmed that Trump sent his plane. His plane.
Stickney even snapped a photo of the plane, which Trump apparently sent to rescue the stranded Marines, which Hannity gleefully republished as proof of Trump’s big… heart.
Trump supporters immediately picked up on the story, touting Trump’s generosity and love of our troops.
But uh-oh! Something is up. The planes don’t even look remotely the same. Did Trump really send his personal plane to the rescue? The dark colored plane is, in fact, Trump’s personal plane, but that doesn’t even remotely resemble the plane in the photo that Stickley captured!
Some fact-checking revealed a rather different account after an exchange with Lt. Gen. Vernon Kondra, who was in charge of all military airlift operations at the time. The now-retired Kondra confirmed that some extra planes Trump bought from Eastern Airlines (in a shoddy deal, and that would have been sitting on the ground making no money whatsoever), were contracted out to the U.S. military to ferry personnel in the United States during Desert Shield/Storm operations.
Kondra graciously checked his notes for The Fact Checker; the notes have been put into an oral history and declassified. There are several references to a 1990-91 contract for Trump Shuttle to carry personnel across the United States, between the East and West coasts, on a standard LaGuardia-Dover-Charleston-Travis-Chord-Kelly-Dover-LaGuardia run. (Emphasis mine.)
“It worked very well, and the crews loved it, and really thought that we’d done something special for them,” Kondra recalled in the oral history. “It was a helluva lot better than using 141s [cargo craft], which we could use for something else.”
But Kondra said the notion that Trump personally arranged to help the stranded soldiers made little sense. “I certainly was not aware of that. It does not sound reasonable that it would happen like that. It would not fit in with how we did business,” he told The Fact Checker. “I don’t even know of how he would have known there was a need.”
More than likely, given the proximity of the Trump Shuttle to Camp Lejeune, a Trump Shuttle jet was dispatched from LaGuardia to pick up the troops and take them to Florida as part of the contract. The five-hour gap between arrivals in Broward County suggests that one plane was used to go back and forth between North Carolina and Florida.
Ooops! Fact Checker says they contacted Stickney, Hannity, and the Trump campaign for comments, but Stickney wouldn’t comment for the record, and Hannity and Trump refused to reply.
So, it wasn’t Trump’s big heart that sent the Trump Shuttle. It was a contract. Simple as that.
Nothing wrong with that. They were fulfilling a contract. No problem. Several carriers had contracts with the military at the time, including American Trans Air, Evergreen, Southern Air Transport, and Tower Air, according to the National Air Carrier Association.
I do, however, have an issue with the Trump campaign taking credit for rescuing the Marines and Hannity shamelessly flogging an obviously false story.
All Hannity had to do was check into the claims. This isn’t the first time a similar story has popped up in the news and was proven to have been false. In February another Trump fellating outfit claimed he sent a Tower Air plane to the rescue of the stranded Marines. Except, there’s no record of him ever being involved with Tower Air.
All of this is publicly available information that Hannity had no desire to check before tongue-tickling Trump’s shriveled sack with that story.
So Fox’s dumbest anchor? I vote yes.