Over at The Washington Post yesterday was this gem from blogger Erik Wemple headlined:
Fox News: Please replace ‘Hannity’ with ‘Kelly’
In which Mr. Wemple hilariously called Hannity “predictable,” “tendentious and occasionally downright mean,” and “famous for opening his show to theories and suppositions that later succumb to debunking through fact-checking.”
According to Fox’s Roger Ailes, whatever schedules finally emerge, Hannity isn’t going anywhere, having just been re-signed for a four-year contract. Hannity himself said on his radio show, without giving anything away, that he’s “very happy” with what he knows to be coming.
And the Washington Post?
It’s been sold. Why: According to publisher Donald Graham, the Post was suffering from a very un-Hannity, un-Fox problem: “Our revenues had declined seven years in a row.”
Perhaps because one-time readers finally had enough of a liberal paper that was seen as “predictable” and “tendentious” (Vote for Humphrey/McGovern/Carter/Mondale/Dukakis/Clinton/Gore/Kerry/Obama!) “occasionally downright mean” (Mitt Romney beat up boy with long hair in prep school! Romney hates gays!) and “famous for opening the paper to theories and suppositions that later succumb to debunking through fact-checking.” (Like the time the paper had to return a Pulitzer because the story of an 8-year old heroin addict was a…um…fabrication. As in….completely made-up lie. Or the time it hid the story of JFK smoking dope in the White House with Ben Bradlee’s sister-in-law or the time….oh never mind, the list is too long. Even the Internet has space limitations.)
The bottom line?
Sean Hannity is staying.
The Washington Post is going.
And typically, over there in liberal land?
Erik Wemple doesn’t get it.
And he isn’t alone.