Sean Hannity in 2016
|Born||Sean Patrick Hannity
December 30, 1961
New York City, United States
|Residence||Centre Island, New York, United States|
|Education||St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary|
|Occupation||Radio host, television host, political commentator, author|
|Employer||Premiere Networks, Fox News Channel|
|Known for||Conservative political commentary|
|Spouse(s)||Jill Rhodes Hannity|
Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is an American radio and television host, author, and conservative political commentator. He is the host of The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show that airs throughout the United States. Hannity also hosts a cable news show, Hannity, on Fox News Channel. Hannity has written three New York Times – bestselling books: Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism, Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, and Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda.
Hannity drew attention during the 2016 presidential campaign for his favorable coverage of Donald Trump, his promotion of Trump's voter fraud claims, and for periodically promoting conspiracy theories tied to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Political commentary
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Bibliography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Sean Patrick Hannity was born in New York City, New York, the son of Lillian (Flynn) and Hugh Hannity. All of his grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland. He has two sisters. He grew up in Franklin Square, New York, and attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead, New York, during his middle school years and St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary high school in Uniondale, New York. Hannity dropped out of New York University and Adelphi University.
Hannity hosted his first talk radio show in 1989 at the volunteer college station at UC Santa Barbara, KCSB-FM, while working as a general contractor. The show aired for 40 hours of air time; Regarding his first show, he said, "I wasn't good at it. I was terrible." Hannity's weekly show on KCSB was canceled after less than a year. This was after two shows featuring the book The AIDS Coverup: The Real and Alarming Facts about AIDS by Gene Antonio; among other remarks made during the broadcast, Hannity told a lesbian caller, "I feel sorry for your child." The station later reversed its decision to dismiss Hannity due in part to a campaign conducted by the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Hannity decided against returning to KCSB.
After leaving KCSB, Hannity placed an ad in radio publications presenting himself as "the most talked about college radio host in America." Radio station WVNN in Athens, Alabama (part of the Huntsville market), then hired him to be the afternoon talk show host. From Huntsville, he moved to WGST in Atlanta in 1992, filling the slot vacated by Neal Boortz, who had moved to competing station WSB. In September 1996, Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes hired the then relatively unknown Hannity to host a television program under the working title Hannity and LTBD ("liberal to be determined"). Alan Colmes was then hired to co-host and the show debuted as Hannity & Colmes.
Later that year, Hannity left WGST for New York, where WABC had him substitute for their afternoon drive time host during Christmas week. In January 1997, WABC put Hannity on the air full-time, giving him the late night time slot. WABC then moved Hannity to the same drive time slot he had filled temporarily a little more than a year earlier. Hannity was on WABC's afternoon time slot from January 1998 until the end of 2013. Since January 2014, Hannity has hosted the 3–6 pm time slot on WOR in New York City.
In their book Common Ground, conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel describe Hannity as a leader of the pack among broadcasting political polarizers, which following James Q. Wilson they define as those who have "an intense commitment to a candidate, a culture, or an ideology that sets people in one group definitively apart from people in another, rival group."
Hannity was a co-host of Hannity & Colmes, an American political "point-counterpoint"-style television program on the Fox News Channel featuring Hannity and Alan Colmes as co-hosts. Hannity presented the conservative point of view with Colmes providing the liberal viewpoint. Critics argued that the show highlighted Hannity's views and those of conservative guests over Colmes' and those of liberal guests.
Hannity had on-air clashes with show guests such as Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer of Human Life International, who challenged Hannity on his public dissent from the Catholic Church on the issue of contraception. Hannity stated that if the Catholic Church were to excommunicate him over the issue, he would join Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church.
In January 2007, Hannity began a new Sunday night television show on Fox News, Hannity's America.
In November 2008, Colmes announced his departure from Hannity & Colmes. After the show's final broadcast on January 9, 2009, Hannity took over the time slot with his own new show, Hannity, which has a format similar to Hannity's America.
Hannity's radio program is a conservative political talk show that features Hannity's opinions and ideology related to current issues and politicians. The Sean Hannity Show began national syndication on September 10, 2001, on over 500 stations nationwide. In 2004, Hannity signed a $25 million five-year contract extension with ABC Radio (now Citadel Media) to continue the show until 2009. The program was made available via Armed Forces Radio Network in 2006. In June 2007, ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Communications and in the summer of 2008, Hannity was signed for a $100 million five-year contract. As of October 2013, the program is heard by over 13.25 million listeners a week. Hannity is currently ranked No. 2 in Talker Magazine's Top 100 Talk Host in America and was listed as No. 72 on Forbes' "Celebrity 100" list in 2013.
In January 2007, Clear Channel Communications signed a groupwide three-year extension with Hannity on over 80 stations. The largest stations in the group deal included KTRH Houston, KFYI Phoenix, WPGB Pittsburgh, WKRC Cincinnati, WOOD Grand Rapids, WFLA Tampa, WOAI San Antonio, WLAC Nashville, and WREC Memphis.
The opening theme music for the Sean Hannity Show was formerly "Independence Day" by Martina McBride followed by "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. The writer of McBride's song, Gretchen Peters, has stated publicly in interview that the song is about domestic abuse, not political values; though she cannot stop Hannity from using the song, she disagrees with its use and uses the royalties he pays to donate to her own causes. As of May 2014, the theme song was changed to the line "This is how we roll" from the song of the same name by Florida Georgia Line.
Hannity signed a long-term contract to remain with Premiere Networks in September 2013.
Hannity is the author of three books. The first two, Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism and Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, were published through ReganBooks. Both of these books reached the nonfiction New York Times bestseller list, the second of which stayed there for five weeks. Hannity has stated that he is too busy to write many books, and dictated a lot of his own two books into a tape recorder while driving in to do his radio show.
Hannity wrote his third book, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda, which was released by HarperCollins in March 2010. The book became Hannity's third New York Times Bestseller.
Since 2003, Hannity has hosted country music-themed "Freedom Concerts" to raise money for charity. According to WHIO, more than $9 million has been raised by the concerts and by WHIO listeners. Some have questioned how much of the money has been paid out as of 2009[update].
Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories
Though he said that he believed that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Hannity did repeatedly entertain the debunked notion that Obama was born in Kenya and repeatedly called on Obama to release his birth certificate. Hannity also defended and promoted those who questioned Obama's citizenship of the United States, such as Donald Trump. Hannity After Obama in 2008 produced what the state of Hawaii certified as a legitimate birth certificate, Hannity kept calling on Obama to release his birth certificate, asking, if there was a birth certificate, why didn’t the White House “just produce it and we move on?” In October 2016, Hannity offered to purchase a one-way ticket to Kenya for Obama, harkening back to the controversy.
Candidacy of Donald Trump
Hannity has been criticized by some conservatives, especially supporters of Ted Cruz's 2016 run for president, as being overly favorable to the candidacy of Donald Trump and granting Trump more airtime than other presidential candidates during the 2016 primaries. During interviews, Hannity "frequently cites areas where he agrees with Trump, or where he thinks Trump was right about something, then asks him to expand on it", and "often ignores or defends Trump from criticism," according to a CNN report. Tensions between Cruz and Hannity appeared to reach a boiling point during a contentious April 2016 radio interview, during which Cruz implied Hannity was a "hard-core Donald Trump supporter" and Hannity responded by accusing Cruz of "throw[ing] this in my face" every time he asked a "legitimate question". Jim Rutenberg reported in August 2016 that Hannity is "not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser," citing sources who said Hannity spent months offering suggestions to Trump and his campaign on strategy and messaging. Hannity responded to the report by saying, "I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. ... I never claimed to be a journalist." Hannity has feuded with several conservatives who oppose Trump, including National Review's Jonah Goldberg, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens, and National Review editor Rich Lowry.
Falsehoods and conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton
During and after the election, he periodically promoted falsehoods and conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. In October 2016, Hannity claimed that "everything that conspiracy theorists have said over the years" about Hillary Clinton is true.
False claims about voter fraud
Hannity came under criticism in the 2016 presidential election for letting then-candidate Trump make unsubstantiated and false claims about election-rigging during interviews with Hannity without being challenged. Hannity responded to this criticism by citing Romney's failure to obtain any votes in 59 of 1,687 Philadelphia voting districts as proof of election rigging. However, Factcheck.org and PolitiFact found that it was not unusual at all for this occur, as those districts were heavily African-American. Philadelphia elections inspector Ryan Godfrey also refuted Hannity's claim.
Hannity's views on Wikileaks have changed over time. Before Wikileaks began to release e-mails damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, Hannity was a vocal opponent of the organization. In 2010, Sean Hannity said that Assange waged a "war" on the United States, and that Wikileaks put American lives in “jeopardy” and “danger” around the world. He also criticized the Obama administration for failing to apprehend Assange.
In 2016, Hannity praised Assange for showing “how corrupt, dishonest and phony our government is”. He told Assange in a September 2016 interview, "I do hope you get free one day. I wish you the best."
In February 2017, Hannity retweeted a Wikileaks tweet linking to an article by Gateway Pundit, which is a conservative blog known to spread hoaxes. Hannity's retweet shared a link to a story claiming that John McCain was "globalist war criminal". John McCain's spokeswoman called Hannity out on it, asking him to correct the record. Hannity later deleted the tweet.
Awards and honors
- Hannity received a Marconi Award in 2003 and 2007 as the Network Syndicated Personality of the Year from the National Association of Broadcasters.
- In 2009, Talkers Magazine listed Hannity as #2 on their list of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America. The same magazine gave Hannity their Freedom of Speech Award in 2003.
- In 2005, Jerry Falwell, chancellor of Liberty University, awarded Hannity an honorary degree.
- Radio and Records magazine has honored Hannity with the National Talk Show Host of the Year Award for three consecutive years.
- Hannity, Sean (2002). Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism, ReganBooks, ISBN 0-06-051455-8.
- Hannity, Sean (2004). Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, ReganBooks, ISBN 0-06-058251-0.
- Hannity, Sean (2010). Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda, Harper Paperbacks, ISBN 0-06-200305-4.
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