For months now Sean Hannity has been heaping praise on his idol and BFF President Trump, giving him all the credit for the meteoric rise of the stock market. But somehow the correction that’s occurring this week, the one that everyone knew was coming, is Barack Obama’s fault. Mr. Hannity explained how the market slide is due to artificially cheap money, which we have “because the Obama economy was so weak all of these years.” Thank you, Adam Smith.
My wife has watched Hannity’s show almost every night since she drank the Fox News Kool-Aid sometime in 2016. She watches him on an iPad with headphones since I refuse to abdicate our TV to this kook. (I mean Hannity, not my wife.) Every now and then she’ll mutter “wow” in response to the latest hysterical news about THE MEMO or the sinister workings of the Deep State. It angers me that she believes everything this huckster says, unconcerned with how he bends the truth and invents facts to support his wacky theories. And I take no comfort in knowing that shes’s not the only one.
In the forty-five years since I started paying attention there have only been a few times when it felt like national politics had a direct impact on me. The era of the Vietnam War draft was a nervous time. When Dick Nixon fought like a cornered cur during the Watergate scandal it felt like the country was being ripped apart. To me it feels much the same today. This man we elected president has divided us like no politician I have ever seen, and he seems to revel in it. The people who support him lap it up, and Hannity wields the biggest megaphone of all of Trump’s disingenuous cheerleaders.
Sometimes I catch my wife glaring at me with her headphones on and her iPad on her lap, and when I see that look I know Hannity has scored yet another scoop that somehow eluded every other news organization in the world and and he’s practically shouting the sordid details directly into her susceptible brain. My refusal to watch this nightly farce only reinforces her opinion I have become the worst thing a person can be these days – a goddamn leftist. Never mind that it’s not true. Without even trying I have somehow become the enemy, and it’s Sean Hannity’s fault. Ted Koppel famously told Hannity he thought he was bad for America. Five nights a week I witness the proof of it, right in my own living room.