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Will WaPo’s Erik Wemple Apologize to Hannity?

By on 5.21.12 | 11:05AM

So now we know.

As has long been the assumption of conservatives about the liberal media, a Washington Post "opinion blogger" -- Erick Wemple by name -- has now illustrated the perils of writing about television or radio shows one does not watch.

Friday afternoon, in this post -- which went up at "03:49 PM ET, 05/18/2012," meaning Friday afternoon at almost 4pm -- Wemple took after Sean Hannity for complaining that the media had not vetted President Obama and his relationship with Jeremiah Wright. While the link above sends you to the Wemple's WaPo blog, in the way of current events the post about Hannity will surely scroll off the screen at some point. So we are re-publishing the text of Wemple's post below, along with a link to the video of Hannity he included as presented by Mediaite.

Wemple's demand? That Hannity and Fox investigate the Obama-Wright connection instead of complaining that it wasn't being investigated by other media.

Uh-huh.

The problem?

By the time Wemple had posted his Hannity complaint, Fox had already been advertising Hannity's Friday night hour-long special that did just that. Not to mention that Hannity himself had discussed this upcoming TV special repeatedly on his radio show.

As a matter of fact, along with a good-sized group of my conservative commentating colleagues, I participated in the show in question, links to segments found here and here.

And since Wemple seems to have missed the last four years, he is apparently completely unaware that it was Hannity who first interviewed Jeremiah Wright back in 2007 after learning about Wright from journalist Erik Rush. Mr. Rush was on the panel the other night, and is seen here discussing the very first investigative column he wrote about Reverend Wright in February -- of 2007.

To help Mr. Wemple along in his understanding, here's a link to Hannity's book Conservative Victory published 2010 -- that would be two years ago -- in which Hannity details in print what he had already looked into on television. Which is to say the links between Obama and Jeremiah Wright. That would be, Erik, pages 17-33.

So what to learn from Mr. Wemple?

Apparently Erik Wemple doesn't watch or listen to Hannity -- he gets his Hannity info in clips from other media, Mediate in this case. Then, blissfully unaware of what's really going on in the world of Fox News or Hannity's TV show or radio show, Wemple blogs a laughably wrong post based on bad information -- and looks like a dope. Except, of course, in the world of liberal journalists who do exactly the same thing he looks like a wizard of smart.

Right.

So the apology from Wemple to Sean Hannity and Fox News will appear when?

Right.

Here's the text of Wemple's Friday post below -- again, a post that appeared well after Fox was advertising Hannity's upcoming special and almost 24 hours after the show was taped. An easy enough thing to ascertain by doing something admittedly drastic -- actually contacting Sean Hannity and asking the man himself.

You can't make it up.

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 05/18/2012
Hannity crusades for Wright stuff

By Erik Wemple

Sean Hannity is disappointed with Mitt Romney's repudiation of attacks on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his history with Barack Obama. Focus on the economy, Romney said following a New York Times story on a potential $10 million campaign against Wright funded by Romney supporters. No -- focus on the economy and Wright, Hannity suggested on his show last night:

Now, Governor Romney, I have to respectfully disagree with you. Now, I do believe the economy, jobs, national security are by far the most pressing issue facing the country today. I also feel that every candidate, though, needs to be fully vetted. Now, that's something the mainstream media failed to do back in 2008 with Barack Obama. And I believe that the President's relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man that influenced him for over 20 years, inspired him is a very important campaign issue. [Bold text added.]

A nod to Hannity here. Completely fair game and important stuff. If Romney's actvities in high school are a worthy path of inquiry, then surely the Obama-Wright history is as well.

What confuses me is why Hannity cares what Romney condones or condemns. Or why Hannity would even bother critiquing other media outlets on this front. That confusion stems from a widely reported number: Fox News is expected to rake in $1 billion in profits this year.

With that kind of cash, Fox News should be barred by some overreaching governmental entity from complaining about the shortcomings of its competition in the national media. If it wants something investigated, it can fund the investigation.

I hereby assign the Jeremiah Wright file to Fox News and Sean Hannity. Deadline for blockbuster three-part series is July 15. Get cracking!

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