Last updated on April 21st, 2019
Popularized as President Donald Trump’s personal media publicist, Fox News Host, Sean Hannity had just too much to say on the arrest of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. Even in doing so, Hannity didn’t miss hitting targets and not-so-subtly promoted the President using his all-time favorite quote – ‘fake news media’.
Initiating his stance, the host claimed that Assange-led organization’s track record was far more impressive than that of ‘fake media’. A catchphrase commonly used by Trump to denounce mainstream media.
Assange was arrested by British police and charged with the failure to surrender to a court. Following the arrest, it was also discovered that even the US had levied charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and were seeking to extradite him.
Defending Trump, Hannity argued that Trump’s claim of knowing “nothing about WikiLeaks” – despite proofs drawing a parallel – was indeed true by all means. Further elaborating on the statement, he portrayed that the final decision regarding Assange must only be taken by the Department of Justice. Ironically, the Fox news host also deleted his tweets, which mentioned of Assange or any links with the Wikileaks. Though the reason for doing so is still not known.
Hannity adduced that “Assange said that he was acting as a journalist, publishing information provided to him from his sources,” when named for involvement in leaking emails from Democratic National Congress and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta in 2016.
Tracking Down Hannity’s Approach
Tracking down the Fox News Host, a similar pattern can be drawn where he tries to weave a story around the President as a protagonist, while bashing a member from the Democratic Party. Therefore, even in Assange’s case, he played smartly by claiming that Assange and WikiLeaks had been consistently accurate, whilst covertly claiming the other media platforms are fake.
“As a matter of fact, if you look at WikiLeaks’ record, they never printed a single thing proven untrue in 12 years,” Hannity said. “Whether you like their work or don’t. That’s a better track record than the fake news media mob here in America that has been doing nothing but lying and peddling you conspiracy theories for two-and-a-half years,” he added talking on the same lines as Trump.
Hannity, who once invited Assange to host his radio show, also said that this case highlights “a fascinating legal issue about the freedom of the press in this country.”
Trying to draw a clear picture on his show, Sean Hannity gave assurance over Assange not having any covert links with Russia. In support of which he said: special counsel Robert Mueller would have interviewed him if he had any connections with the case.
However, findings of Mueller’s report clearly show that Russian hackers, linked to the country’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), were involved in stealing the DNC and Podesta emails.
The motive for spreading such a narrative thus plausibly points out how bits and pieces scattered after the Mueller report, can still haunt Trump. Moreover, with the President not completely exonerated by the report, it is only wise to question: If Trump is afraid of the new details that may emerge following Assange’s arrest?