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Led by Sean Hannity, Fox News has devoted 4 hours and 40 minutes of its prime-time programming to cheerleading for a Nevada range war.

Coverage by show

Media Matters examined Fox News’ weekday programming from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET since it first started covering the story.

Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher’s refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is “clearly wrong” and “breaking the law,” Fox has waged a PR campaign romanticizing Bundy and the armed militia groups that fled to his ranch and forced a standoff with federal agents who were executing a court order that allowed them to impound his cattle.

Fox Radio host Todd Starnes fanned the flames by implying that federal agents could be “strung up” for confiscating Bundy’s cattle, regardless of a court order. Even after the Bureau of Land Management announced that it would return the cattle to Bundy, Hannity asked Bundy whether he was worried that government agents might kill him.

Hannity has effectively turned his Fox News show into a public-relations firm for Bundy and the militias backing him, dedicating more than 1 1/2 hours of coverage since April 9 to effectively agitating for armed conflict with the federal government.

Hannity led Fox News' Cliven Bundy coverage


Media Matters conducted a Nexis search of transcripts of Fox News programs from April 5th to April 17th. We identified and reviewed all segments that included any of the following keywords: Bundy, Nevada, ranch!, cattle, Bureau of Land Management. The search included the Fox programs The Five, Special Report, On the Record with Greta van Susteren, The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, and Hannity.

h/t: Jeremy Holden at MMFA 

Fox News’ Sean Hannity is increasingly — and dangerously — taking on the role of PR agent for a Nevada rancher defying the federal government with violent threats.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has quickly become a darling of right-wing media over his decades-long refusal to pay federal government fees required to allow his cattle to exploit public lands. In July 2013, a federal court ordered the rancher to remove his cattle from the public property or they would be confiscated and sold to pay off the $1 million in fees and trespassing fines Bundy owes. When that confiscation began this month, the rancher took his battle to conservative media, who held him up as a folk hero battling big government invasion into private property rights and states’ rights.

Bundy’s defiance has been marked by violent and revolutionary rhetoric toward the federal government, hints of a bloody confrontation cheered on by the right-wing fringes who have repeatedly compared the situation to notorious and deadly standoffs like Ruby Ridge and Waco. For example, when Bundy appeared on his radio program, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posited that if Bundy’s supporters confronted federal agents at the auction for Bundy’s confiscated cattle, which the rancher encouraged, it “could be how the shot heard round the world happens in this case.” Jones warned that “this could turn into 1776 very quickly.”

But such dangerous hyperbole isn’t confined to the fringes. Increasingly, Sean Hannity’s promotion and defense of the rancher’s actions and threats is starting to resemble that of far-right extremists.  

Hannity interviewed Bundy on his Fox program on April 9, sympathizing with the rancher’s claims and arguing that allowing Bundy’s cattle to graze on public lands “keeps the price of meat down for every American consumer.”

His rhetoric had noticeably escalated two days later when he invited Bundy onto his radio program The Sean Hannity Show. Hannity argued that federal agents have “drawn the wrong line in the sand here,” praising Bundy because he “like[s] anybody that’s willing to fight.” 

He went on, “I’m just afraid of what this government is capable of doing. I mean we saw what happened in Waco,” to which Bundy responded, “We have to have faith that America will stand. You know we would never won any of these wars from the Revolutionary War on up if we didn’t have faith and courage and fighting for something.”

Throughout the program, Hannity repeatedly pushed violent predictions, saying, “This can spiral out of control. You get one wrong person out there, this can spiral out of control really fast,” and “If it keeps going, this is going to end very, very badly.” He even demanded, “The government needs to stand down” because “this is only a symptom of how one person, standing up to the government, I’m telling you, [it is] my opinion that this crisis could come to a head, and lives could be lost.”

Hannity promised to bring Bundy back onto his Fox program that night, and discussed the possibility of traveling to Nevada to visit the ranch.

At this point, Hannity is perhaps Bundy’s most prominent supporter, and his role as PR agent for a man openly defying federal law and hinting at violent retaliation against federal agents appears to only be increasing. Words are one thing, but Hannity’s public hyperbole is particularly worrisome given the fact that armed militia group members are reportedly heading into Nevada to take on the government with Bundy, who’s placed armed guards at his gates. 

h/t: Emily Arrowood at MMFA

People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.

Sarah Palin fawns over Putin on Fox News’ Hannity. And she’s not the only conservative media figure doing so.   (via mediamattersforamerica)

From the 03.03.2014 edition of FNC’s Hannity:

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Fox News is allowing Sean Hannity to promote the Tea Party Patriots on its airwaves even though the group is financially connected to the conservative host.

Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported today that Hannity, who also hosts a Premiere Radio Networks program, has been fundraising for Tea Party Patriots (TPP) in emails, and “has also promoted the group’s efforts on his Fox News program.”  

TVNewser reported that in response to Calderone’s report, “Fox News tells us Hannity’s involvement with the Tea Party group is for his radio show, and has nothing to do with his FNC show or role with the network.”

But Fox’s response that TPP has “nothing to do” with Fox is disingenuous and a dodge of ethical standards. A Media Matters review found that Hannity has repeatedly done promotional tie-ins for TPP on radio and then promoted or hosted the group on his Fox News program.

For instance, Hannity did radio promos for TPP on July 31 and August 12. He then hosted TPP president Jenny Beth Martin on his Fox program Hannity on August 20, and September 9. Martin was also part of a “special audience edition” of Hannity on August 16. Fox even allowed Hannity to promote TPP’s website on August 1.  

Calderone reported that “Hannity made a passing reference to the Tea Party Patriots on his Fox News show” on February 19 in which Hannity said “The Tea Party Patriots are partners on my radio show.” Calderone added that “was the only time on Fox News that Hannity has described Tea Party Patriots as a ‘partner’ of his radio program,” according to Nexis. 


Though it’s not clear how much Hannity is receiving for his Tea Party Patriots promotions — representatives for Martin, TPP, and Hannity didn’t respond to comment requests from Calderone —  Hannity received big money for prior promotions for another conservative group.

Politico reported in 2011 that the Heritage Foundation paid $1.3 million to Hannity’s program for “promotional tie-ins, as well as regular on-air plugs - praising or sometimes defending the groups, while urging listeners to donate - often woven seamlessly into programming in ways that do not seem like paid advertising.”

Fox News previously forced Hannity to cancel a taping of a 2010 Fox News show at a Cincinnati Tea Party event because it charged admission and had “all proceeds” benefiting the organization. At the time Fox portrayed themselves to media as “furious” with Hannity.

Sean Hannity: I can drink two beers and not feel anything, so pot is more dangerous (via Raw Story )

On his show Thursday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity asserted that the harms of marijuana shouldn’t be compared to alcohol because you can drink a beer and not “get high.” “I’m not sure if I agree with the dangers because when you smoke…

Sean Hannity teamed up with one of his favorite African American haters, Katie Pavlich, for some hideous race-baiting against Attorney General Eric Holder and, of course, President Obama. Warning: This is one of the more despicable segments I have ever seen on Fox.

The excuse this time is that the Department of Justice has nominated Debo P. Adegbile to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights division. Adegbile had the audacity to participate in our system of justice – by vigorously defending Mamia Abu-Jamal.

Apparently, in Pavlich’s vision of America, only certain people are entitled to such Constitutional rights as the right counsel.

In her column on Townhall, Pavlich decided Adegbile’s nomination proves the “radical racial agenda” of the Obama administration. She also declared in her article, “Adegbile has made it clear he does not believe civil rights apply to whites.” She didn’t bother to cite a single statement to support that allegation or to let her readers know what he had meant. 

Not surprisingly, this racial hate mongering that got her a spot on the Hannity show. She wasted little time suggesting that Adegbile embodies President Obama’s plan to have black radicals take over the DOJ:

They’re now trying to use this as a way to get this nominee into the Justice Department to carry out the racial pipe dreams of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama through the Justice Department.

…The fact is now that we have a president who has nominated a cop-killer advocate to head up the Civil Rights Department in the Department of Justice …and that is something that should be taken very seriously.

Sadly, the guest who tried to argue the other side with reason and facts, Professor Johanna Fernandez, seemed not to be prepared for the kind of racial smearfest she stepped into. Hannity – the guy with the go-to show for race baiting against President Obama – bullied, denigrated her and cut her off.

But he was all ears and no challenge with Pavlich.

h/t: Ellen at

Believe it or not, Fox is still attacking MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for joking about Mitt Romney’s African American grandson. So who did Sean Hannity present as an arbiter of taste and sensitivity on the subject? None other than hatemongermurder fantasizer and serial voter fraud suspect, Ann Coulter. She showed her sensitivity alright – by saying that black people don’t live in New York apartments, because of “all the rich people.” And announcing that liberals have to invent racism because “There is more cholera in America than there is racism.” And more.

Earlier today, I pointed out that Coulter has previously joked – on the Fox Nation website, no less – about killing Meghan McCain.  Coulter also suggested on Fox News, “Maybe it’s time to…go after the Obama children.” Apparently, in Hannity’s world, it’s comments like that that make her qualified to judge Harris-Perry.

Unlike Coulter, Harris-Perry has profusely apologized for her comments. But not only was that not good enough for Mr. and Ms. Good Taste (Fox style), they actually used Harris-Perry’s apology to slime her further.

Hannity played the clip of Harris-Perry’s apology. He described it disparagingly as “weepy, weepy” because she teared up as she offered it. “Now is that dedicated to the goodness or dedicated to saving one’s job?” Hannity sneered.

Coulter joked that the sincerity came from “a heartfelt email from her boss.” She and Hannity chuckled heartily. A photo of Harris-Perry’s face remained on the screen with big letters that read: “CRYING TIME.” Later, Coulter scoffed, “I think she was really crying after she just saw her fourth quarter ratings at MSNBC.”

Hannity complained about MSNBC, “This race obsession over there!” Coulter cackled. However, I doubt she was laughing at the blatant hypocrisy of Hannity jeering at anyone else’s race obsession. This is the guy who hosts the go-to show for race baiting African Americans, who jumps to defend just about any white person in trouble for racial remarks, who pals around with a black guy who thanks God for slavery and formerly palled around with a white supremacist who said that if it weren’t for slavery, “black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa.”

Yes, THAT Hannity was making a federal case out of Harris-Perry’s stupid, brief joke for which she has apologized both on air and off.

But not to be undone in the hypocrisy department, Coulter announced, Harris-Perry “apologized for making fun of children. Yes, liberals always do that to conservatives… for sport. And it is an ugly thing when they go after the children.” I guess maybe Harris-Perry should have just joked about murdering Romney’s grandson. Then she could have gotten an entire segment of Hannity rehab!

“This was making fun of a child for his skin color,” Coulter continued self-righteously. Then, less than a minute later, she made fun of African Americans based on their skin color. Complaining that Mitt Romney had been accused of racism when he used the word “apartment” “because black people live in apartments,” Coulter added, “But not in New York, with all the rich people.” She giggled maliciously.

Of course, Hannity didn’t have a problem with it.

But Coulter wasn’t through with her special brand of racial insight. She now declared that racism is dead:

(Racism) was just about gone in this country and then (liberals) needed to start playing it again to promote the left-wing, the most left-wing president the country has ever seen, Barack Obama. And there’s been an explosion.

I mean if you had a graph of racism sightings, it was through the roof until the O.J. verdict and then, basically, completely disappeared. Between O.J. and Giuliani and Bill O’Reilly on this network going after Jesse Jackson repeatedly. It just went away!

It didn’t work anymore. It was like a subway token that didn’t open the gate anymore. And when Obama came back, wow, it just exploded again. But unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There is more cholera in America than there is racism. But they have to invent it.

Hannity chimed in: “It was a question in 2008, would America elect a black president? And you know what? America elected a black president twice!”

h/t:  Ellen at

Hannity Announces Plan to Outline the ‘Conservative Solution Agenda for America’ (via

By Heather January 1, 2014 8:48 pm I thought Rush Limbaugh was the head of the Republican party? Who knew it was actually Fox’s Sean Hannity? We all already know that right-wing hate radio talkers and the pundits on Fox “news” are leading Republicans…


Fox News host Geraldo Rivera defended Alec Baldwin’s use of an anti-gay epithet against a photographer, claiming that calling somebody a “cocksucking faggot” isn’t actually a homophobic slur.

During the December 19 edition of Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity criticized A&E for its decision to place Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks Robertson made during an interview with GQ.

Rivera compared Robertson’s critics to the “fundamentalist gay activists” who criticized Alec Baldwin, who lost his show on MSNBC amid controversy after being recorded allegedly calling a photographer a “cocksucking faggot.”

When panelist Rachel Sklar pointed out that Baldwin has a “history of making these homophobic slurs,” Rivera shot back, stating that Baldwin’s comments didn’t constitute a “homophobic slur” because such comments were “commonplace” when he was growing up.

Earlier in the day, on Fox & Friends, Rivera criticized A&E’s decision to suspend Robertson as “political correctness that’s gotten malignant.”

From the 12.19.2013 edition of FNC’s Hannity:

h/t: MMFA

Mr. Hannity, you are a disgrace to the Catholic Church and to humanity. 

From the 12.16.2013 edition of FNC’s Hannity:


"This is why I think the shutdown was so magnificent, run beautifully. I’m so proud of these Republicans." — Ann Coulter, on the GOP making themselves into the anti-Obamacare party.


"This is why I think the shutdown was so magnificent, run beautifully. I’m so proud of these Republicans." — Ann Coulter, on the GOP making themselves into the anti-Obamacare party.


Find out what happens when a real journalist tracks down the guests of a Fox News “Obamacare train wreck” segment (Spoiler: They would save thousands of dollars if they actually signed up for Obamacare)

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