KEY POINTS

  • Sean Hannity said that his show doesn't vet information in a segment assailing perceived media bias by mainstream sources
  • He then walked back the statement, saying his show does vet information but other media outlets ignore the stories.
  • He went on to say Trump should pardon himself and his entire family, and pushed the discredited Hunter Biden laptop conspiracy

Controversial Fox News host Sean Hannity set social media abuzz Monday by seeming to admit that his self-titled show does not vet information. He quickly walked back the statement before continuing to push the debunked Hunter Biden laptop conspiracy that even his own network won’t officially endorse.

The comment came during one of the many "Hannity" segments assailing the mainstream media as corrupt and biased. Clips quickly made their way to social media of Hannity saying: “I am not told what to say, I don’t vet the information on this program that I give out. We have always been independent, follow our own path on the show.”

Hannity then went on to contradict himself, saying his show has vetted and approved allegations against Barack Obama and the conspiracy theory surrounding Hunter Biden that almost no news organizations, including Fox itself and reportedly the original author of the New York Post article, have endorsed, reports Yahoo Entertainment.

“By the way, when I said I don’t vet this program, I vet the program. We vet the facts. We got Obama right. We got Russia right. We got Ukraine right,” Hannity said. “We vetted the Biden family’s international pay for play schemes. The media mob ignored it all.”

Hannity added that while his show's far-fetched allegations against liberal politicians were legitimate, he did not think the actions of President Donald Trump were worth investigating. He said the president should pardon himself and his family against legal retribution from the left.

Hannity was also careful when talking about President-elect Joe Biden to add the qualifier, “If Biden ever became president.”

A large screen shows Fox News anchor Sean Hannity at a Trump rally in Waterford, Michigan on October 30, 2020 A large screen shows Fox News anchor Sean Hannity at a Trump rally in Waterford, Michigan on October 30, 2020 Photo: GETTY IMAGES / JOHN MOORE

Viewers on social media were quick to make fun of the contradiction. Some recalled that Hannity had pushed the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 cure until it was found to actually increase mortality rates.

Others repeated the claim that Fox had legally changed its status from news to entertainment. That allegation is false, as the U.S. has no governing body regulating what is and is not news. However, "Hannity" was sanctioned in the U.K. after its coverage of the Manchester Arena bombing and the Trump travel ban was lopsided enough to violate that country’s more rigorous media bias regulations.

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Conservative responses were also largely critical or absent altogether, as many of Fox News' core viewers have turned against the network for failing to repeat Trump’s unproven allegations of election fraud.