The liberal media is losing its tiny, collective mind today over “conflict of interest” because Sean Hannity is supposedly a “client” of Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and didn’t tell his audience or his employers.
But, even if Hannity was such a client, his “conflicts” pale in comparison to the conflicts perpetrated by Barack Obama, and Bill and Hillary Clinton and their cohorts in the media.
First of all, there really doesn’t see to be any conflict of interest for Sean Hannity. But, the case the left is making was summed up by the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan.
…the cable channel’s brass must discipline its biggest ratings star and apologize to viewers for Sean Hannity’s appalling and undisclosed conflict of interest revealed Monday.
Based on everything we know about Fox, and how it handles issues involving ethics, the chances that the network will do the right thing are small.
To recap: Hannity has, for months, campaigned on his nightly show against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump.
When an offshoot of that investigation led to a government raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, Hannity went ballistic, ranting about attorney-client privilege and abuse of power.
But as of Monday afternoon, we know that Cohen’s much-discussed secret third client was Hannity himself.
Or, as Politico explained:
A lawyer for the president’s attorney named Hannity in court on Monday as one of Cohen’s few clients, an announcement that sent ripples across the political media landscape and raised questions about his failure to disclose his legal affiliation on air. But Hannity, one of the president’s most prominent and outspoken backers on cable television, disputed the characterization of his relationship with Cohen.
Hannity did, indeed, deny that he is a “client” of Cohen.
“Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,” Hannity tweeted on April 16.
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
That is just the thing, too. The left has no proof at all that Sean Hannity was a “client” of Michael Cohen. Knowing an attorney and asking a question or three on a personal issue does NOT create a client/counsel relationship.
Still, when Trump’s lawyer said that Hannity was a “client” that needs to be cleared up. My guess is that when Hannity said he wanted “attorney/client privilege” he was just trying to keep his name out of the whole discussion.
So, we need to see if there are any real connections, here. You aren’t a “client” unless you’ve been billed, had papers filed, or been involved in some case or another. Getting free advice does not make some one a client.
Anyway, no matter which way it is, all this pales in comparison to the real conflicts of interest of the Clinton/Obama/media criminal gangs.
Rush Limbaugh did a fantastic job during his Tuesday show chronicling those conflicts. The talker went on a very long rant on who should “disclose” their ties to those they report on.
“They say Hannity should have disclosed, Limbaugh said during his show. Well, should F. Chuck Todd disclose? Should Ben Rhodes disclose? Should Bruce Ohr have disclosed? Should Peter Strzok have disclosed? Should McCabe have disclosed? Should Comey have disclosed? The conflicts throughout the Washington establishment and the Democrat Party in this project to get Trump are legion.”
Limbaugh played a sound clip of various members of the media whining about Hannity’s “conflict of interest.” He then went on to show just how incestuous the media-Democrat connection really is:
The first voice was Jackie Kucinich. Not gonna call this a conflict, but you should know that she’s the daughter of former Democrat congressman Dennis Kucinich. She’s in the Drive-By Media: The Daily Beast.
Jake Tapper was the next voice. Jake Tapper, 1992 served as campaign press secretary for Democrat congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, who is — wait for it — the more than likely of Chelsea Clinton. In 1997, Jake Tapper was a spokesman for Handgun Control, a gun-control advocacy group. CNN and Tapper failed to disclose Tapper’s anti-gun activism in advance of the town hall that he hosted with the Parkland students. Did any of you know any of this?
Why wasn’t Tapper forced to disclose that he holds an anti-gun bias while hosting a town hall made up of anti-gun bias? Jeffrey Toobin was the next voice you heard. Jeffrey Toobin is the son of former NBC News infobabe Marlene Sanders. Toobin worked for the Iran-Contra special counsel Lawrence Walsh. Toobin is a lifelong friend of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan. And Toobin was a member of the infamous JournoList.
Limbaugh went on:
Toobin was a member of the JournoList, and it was reported not too long ago that Toobin had an extramarital affair and a child with a lawyer named Casey Greenfield who happens to be the daughter of journalist Jeff Greenfield. Matt Miller. Matt Miller was the voice here who said, “He’s gonna have to answer questions about why he didn’t disclose the relationship.” Matthew Miller, Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder’s spokesman, former communications director for the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.
He’s also worked for Senator Robert Menendez and the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign. How many people watching CNN that know Matt Miller was Holder’s spokesman, former communications director for the group that elects Democrats to the Senate and for Robert Menendez (recently on trial for corruption charges), and worked on the John Kerry presidential campaign? That’s a lot to disclose. I don’t think Matt Miller disclosed any of it.
Gloria Borger. She was next. This is not really anything other than curiously interesting. Her son Evan is married to Mary Anne Huntsman, daughter of politician Jon Huntsman Jr. Ari Melber. This is the guy saying, “He was out there criticizing the DOJ, the FBI raid on Michael Cohen all the while hiding the fact he hired Cohen.” Ari Melber has worked for Democrat senator Maria Cantwell for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. He is divorced from fellow reporter Drew Grant, reporter for the New York Observer.
Has he disclosed his ties to the Democrat Party, to the John Kerry presidential campaign? Anderson Cooper. He’s a Vanderbilt. His mother was Gloria Vanderbilt. His father was Wyatt Emory Cooper. Just that he has links to the elite, of course. Nothing scandalous there. John Harwood. John Harwood is a noted anti-Trumper and anti-conservative. He’s been at the New York Times, the Washington… I think the Wall Street Journal.
Harwood’s father was a reporter for the Washington Post at age 11. Harwood appeared in a 1968 RFK for President ad. When WikiLeaks dumped John Podesta’s emails, John Harwood was all over ’em sucking up to the Clinton campaign. Mika Brzezinski. She is the daughter of Zbig Brzezinski, the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, and former national security adviser for Jimma Carter. She was married to TV news reporter Patrick Hoffer and is now engaged to Scarborough.
I don’t know if they got married at all. But she didn’t disclose that she was dating Scarborough while everybody watching the show knew it. And Ron Brownstein. Ron Brownstein was the last voice you heard. “The idea that in any normal newsroom you could go on and do that having this kind of relationship with the person you’re talking about and not disclose to it your audience, you know, is just extraordinary.”
Brownstein worked for Ralph Nader. Uber-leftist Ralph Nader. His first wife was Nina Easton of Fortune magazine. Brownstein’s current wife is Eileen Nicole McMenamin, the former communications director for Senator John McCain. There’s a whole bunch, and that doesn’t even… We haven’t even gotten to the conflicts on the Mueller team and at the DOJ and on the Comey team, and wait ’til you hear those.
Oh, but there is more…
- ABC’s George Stephanopoulos — He was a member of the Clinton administration
- NBC’s Chuck Todd — Started his adult career as a Dem. staffer and worked on Dem. Senator Tom Harkin’s presidential run.
- ABC’s Claire Shipman — Married to Jay Carney, Obama’s White House press secretary
- CNN’s Virginia Moseley — Married to Obama’s Deputy Sec. of State
- CBS President David Rhodes — Brother of Obama’s Security Advisor and coms man
And that is just the beginning. In fact, over 30 supposed “journalists” left the media to go work for the Obama/Clinton crime syndicate and then went back into journalism.
Why don’t all these people have to “disclose” their ties every time they go on the air to report about people they worked for and with?
Of course, Limbaugh went on with much more, so go ahead and check his transcript. But the simple fact is, the media and the Democrat party make up the deep state and they have deeper ties to each other than Sean Hannity has, had, or may have to Michael Cohen.