During the December 14th presentation of Hannity on Fox News the subject of the day was the shambolic hyper-partisan witch hunt of Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6th House Commission, an exercise that lost any credibility it may have had the second Pelosi broke all precedent and refused House Minority Leader McCarthy’s selections to represent the GOP. Joining Sean Hannity were Fox’s Correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera, who has found himself largely shunned by many Republicans after his extremely public adoption of Democrats’ Jan. 6th narrative, and commentator Dan Bongino.
As Sean Hannity engaged in a very nuanced criticism of the Committee and specifically the actions of anti-Trump turncoat Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), taking issue with her release of his private text messages along with those of Donald Trump, Jr., Lauran Ingraham, and Brian Kilmeade from Jan. 6th (which were largely benign in nature, asking if President Trump would address the rioters in a statement which he later did.) Geraldo rather than addressing the rather nuanced question decided to take this opportunity (as he has many others) to regurgitate Cheney and Pelosi’s assertions that President Trump acted improperly, making a disingenuous appeal to emotion to Hannity which was finally enough to put Bongino over the edge.
The Exchange: Hannity, Bongino V. Geraldo
According to the Fox Transcript of Hannity, the exchange looked like this:
Geraldo, the big question here though is what is the point when you have an abusively corrupt, biased committee like this? And how come they only investigate one riot and ignore 547 riots that hurt thousands of cops caused, billions of dollars in damage and killed dozens of Americans? Can you explain why?
GERALDO RIVERA, FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT AT LARGE: Let me answer the second question first. Because the obvious difference between the riot that happened on January 6th and the 500-odd that you correctly cite as concerning and damaging to America, to our psyche, to our physical well- being, is that this was a riot that was unleashed, incited and inspired by the president of the United States which targeted the part of American democracy.
HANNITY: No stop, the president said peacefully, patriotically march to the Capitol. That’s your opinion. I don’t even want to go down that road. That’s not the question tonight. The question, is this corrupt committee? The question is, why this riot and not other 574 riots? The question is, is there any privacy in this country anymore or do they get to release thousands more of individual private citizens texts?
RIVERA: I beg you, Sean, to remember the frame of mind you were in when you wrote that text on January 6th, and when Laura did, and when Brian did, and when Don Jr. did. Remember the concern you had. Remember the frustration you had at our beloved 45th president —
HANNITY: Yeah, because I wanted — I wanted the riot to end.
RIVERA: Where was he? How can be doing this? Why doesn’t he say something? Why —
HANNITY: Okay, but the point is, he did.
RIVERA: You saw unfolding before you — you saw unfolding —
HANNITY: He did.
RIVERA: — before your very eyes an attack on democracy.
HANNITY: Let me give it to Dan.
RIVERA: An attack on the Constitution, an attack on the Capitol of the United States of America.
HANNITY: He said peacefully and then he did do it.
Dan, you have less than a minute. We’re running out of time.
BONGINO: Geraldo, we’ve been arguing about this forever. The backstabbing of the president you’re engaging in is really disgusting, and it’s really vile that you pretend to be this guy’s friend —
RIVERA: I really resent that, I resent that. I supported Donald Trump —
BONGINO: He said, it’s on tape, I don’t care if you resented.
RIVERA: — until he had abandoned democracy.
BONGINO: Let me respond.
RIVERA: He abandoned the election results and he refused to accept —
BONGINO: March peacefully and patriotically, Geraldo.
RIVERA: — the will of the American people.
HANNITY: All right. Nobody can hear you. We’ve got to leave it there.
BONGINO: You stabbed him in the back. You heard it.
HANNITY: Thank you — thank you both.
Nuance and Specificity Have No Place In The Anti-Trump Narrative
If you pulled a TL:DR scroll-past and didn’t read the exchange here’s the short version: Geraldo lobbed Sean Hannity’s text urging the President to make a statement to defuse the situation. Something that after 187 minutes of weighing his options to intervene, and monitoring the situation Trump then did. Hannity and Bongino both asked nuanced questions with the following points:
- First, the Congressional Committee is not an investigative body according to the Supreme Court.
- Second, that being said, what legislative purpose does the Jan. 6th Committee satisfy?
- Third: What right does Congress have to reveal the private text messages of private citizens which are protected under the 4th Amendment?
One could argue that Mark Meadows as a Gov’t employee didn’t enjoy that expectation of privacy, but again… that’s a NUANCED argument. Geraldo, Cheney, and Pelosi aren’t interested in those. Instead, Geraldo made an appeal to emotion fallacy and yet again… regurgitated the anti-Trump narrative. Hannity annoyedly dismissed Rivera, and Bongino pounced on him angrily and righteously. Period.
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