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It is time for Fox News to part ways with Sean Hannity.

Mr. Hannity has repeatedly crossed the line concerning what journalists should do. The most recent incident was Monday night before the election at a Donald Trump rally in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The Trump administration issued him an invitation to be a "special guest." That should have been embarrassing enough for Sean Hannity. But when the president invited him to come up on stage, instead of respectfully declining, Mr. Hannity took him up on the offer. Sean Hannity went even further, calling out the media in the back of the room as "fake news," a familiar refrain from this administration.

This was not the first time for Sean Hannity. Fox had to make him cancel an appearance at a Tea Party fundraiser in 2010. In 2016, he was again admonished for appearing in a Donald Trump campaign video and told never to do it again. After Mr. Hannity's most recent partisan display in Cape Girardeau, Fox again stated it did not condone such behavior, although Mr. Hannity was defending it at the end of his show Wednesday night.

Depending on the job position of journalists, they can have very different responsibilities. Reporters strive for impartiality and objectivity when it comes to reporting the facts. Opinion writers as journalists do not have to be objective, because they offer opinionated thoughts about the news of the day.

Both are important. But it's also important to separate news from opinion. Fox, as well as CNN and MSNBC, do a very poor job of separating the two. But all journalists, whether reporters or opinion writers, should never become the story. Their job is to report the story, or offer opinions on the story, not to be the story. Good journalistic organizations prohibit their journalists from displaying political bumper stickers, yard signs, or making public statements in favor of any political issue or candidates.

But what about journalists who deal only in opinions and not in delivering news? They too should be detached from the subjects they write about. Their credibility, and that of the news organizations where they work, increases with greater detachment. Journalism and politics both play important roles in our democracy. But they are both enhanced where there is a sharp line between them.

Fox News and the nation would both be better off, too, by having Sean Hannity pursue another field other than journalism. Like maybe going to work for and being a spokesman for Donald Trump--not on a news channel, but in his administration.

Editorial on 11/09/2018

Print Headline: Not part of the job, Sean

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  • WhododueDiligence
    November 9, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

    Good editorial. It's good to view Hannity inanity as profanity against humanity.
    Be good.

  • WhododueDiligence
    November 9, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

    It's probably not good to suggest Hannity is a journalist. He doesn't have the training or the inclination to be a journalist. Suggesting Hannity is a journalist is like suggesting Glenn Beck is a history professor just because he gave some wacky half-baked lectures while scribbling his wacky half-baked opinions on a blackboard.
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    Hannity and Beck and many other TV/radio/internet/social media squawking heads have no interest in journalism or history or reality. They're charlatans who push conspiracy theories and other fear-and-hate mongering narratives for their own personal gain. The charlatanry industry is very lucrative and thriving. It sets the stage for demagogues like Donald Trump.

  • WhododueDiligence
    November 9, 2018 at 9:22 a.m.

    The raking in of money is one reason Fox is not inclined to fire Hannity for cavorting on stage with Donald Trump. To get fired Hannity will likely have to do something even worse. And even if Fox fires Hannity, in this age of exalted charlatanry it won't be hard for Fox to find another exalted charlatan. Swarms of exalted charlatan wanna-bees will come buzzing to Fox's door.

  • LRCrookAtty
    November 9, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    So, based on the posts so far, only people (CNN and MSNBC) that spout hate-mongering lies is allowed to be on a news/radio platform. So, we just ban anyone with an opposing opinion? Then we can live in nirvana. The only problem is that the inhabitants of nirvana will begin to disagree and the majority will win again.

  • ARMNAR
    November 9, 2018 at 3:16 p.m.

    Wrong again, LRCA.
    Does that ever get old?

  • WhododueDiligence
    November 9, 2018 at 4:36 p.m.

    Yes, LRCA is wrong again, apparently trying to avoid getting old by getting plenty of exercise jumping to conclusions, bending over backwards to affix LRCA's words to someone else's mouth, and poking fun at other people's religions which strive for nirvana.
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    In contrast with LRCA's wrongness, I don't like the bias of MSNBC either. As I have stated before, I believe the abolishing of the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s was a BIG mistake. That mistake allowed the proliferation of propaganda unchecked by sensible opposing opinions. Today we're seeing the predictable results of unchecked and unchallenged highly partisan and totally biased so called "news" programming, and it's getting worse and more polarizing by the decade.
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    As I've also said before, reputable newspapers like the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and many others across the USA are the best source of news because they still provide diversity of opinions on their op-ed pages--a valuable check-and-balance public service seldom seen on popularized so-called "news" outlets like Fox and MSNBC.

  • WhododueDiligence
    November 9, 2018 at 7:48 p.m.

    Attempting to defend Sean Hannity, LRCA also gives us a classic example of a false-equivalence fallacy by implying Hannity is equal and no worse than CNN or MSNBC. If Hannity really is no worse than CNN or MSNBC, shouldn't LRCA give an example of someone who works for CNN or MSNBC cavorting on stage with the president of the United States at a partisan political rally? LRCA failed to do that.
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    The Arkansas Democrat Gazette on the other hand recognized the inappropriateness of Hannity's anti-journalism antics and commendably made an emphatic statement against Hannity's unabashed cheerleader-style support of Trump on a national-stage partisan political event.

  • 23cal
    November 9, 2018 at 9:04 p.m.

    When a right wing paper like the ADG calls out a right wing icon like Hannity, anyone should know Hannity must have really pooped in the soup.

    Amazing that something that glaring is beyond the grasp of some people.

    Good comments, Whodo.

  • BoudinMan
    November 11, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

    I know good journalism. Good journalism is a friend of mine. Sean Hannity, you sir, are not a journalist. Thanks, Lloyd Bentsen.

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