Hannity Blasts Russia "Conspiracy", Gets Reminded Of Conspiracies He Drew Attention To

You can’t have it both ways. Try as we might, there comes a time when we simply have to decide what the right course of action is. For example, if you think it’s a downright pain in the neck that conspiracy theories that don’t seem to be grounded in anything resembling reality keep getting advanced, then you should probably tow the same line when another strange theory makes the rounds.

As the Huffington Post shares, Fox News host Sean Hannity is being called out for doing just that by several of his critics. Hannity has been one of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters in the media, and he’s flat-out tired of all of the various Russia conspiracies that keep getting thrown out by Trump detractors. He was recently discussing that with Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump and the chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, during a segment on his show.

“This has now become, like, Russia-Trump conspiracy - birther conspiracies, you know? Sort of truthers,” Hannity said.

“Right,” Sekulow replied. Sekulow would go on to note that the conspiracies amounted to a “witch hunt” and a “false narrative.”

This is just one example, as Hannity has consistently railed against the Russia conspiracy theories. He’s devoted numerous segments of his show to pointing out how ludicrous they all are, and he sees absolutely no basis in reality for any of them. That’s a perfectly fine stance for Hannity to take. It’s obviously what he believes, and there are plenty of sketchy details attached to the various conspiracies that help bolster his argument.

However, some observers have been quick to point out that Hannity has helped advance conspiracies before. In years past, he has devoted a number of segments to the so-called ‘birther’ conspiracy that surrounded former President Barack Obama.

“Why are all these people that just ask to see it, why are they crucified and beaten up and smeared and besmirched the way they are?” Hannity said back in 2011 on his radio show, in reference to Obama's birth certificate.

In essence, that conspiracy indicated that Obama was not a US citizen. Theorists reasoned that a real US birth certificate for Obama had never been produced, and that pointed to him not being a legal citizen. The theory, which was advanced by then-private citizen Donald Trump, among others, was proven to be nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

In fairness to Hannity, he never quite bought into that conspiracy. However, he did give a platform to those that did. While he’s given time to the various Trump-Russia conspiracies, he has summarily dismissed them. That can make it look as if he’s trying to have it both ways, whether that’s his intention or not.

There’s a real simple way for Hannity to make those assertions go away. He could devote a full hour to disproving these theories while also giving a platform to those that believe it firmly. If he can make it through that program by listening without judging, the baseless accusations will speak for themselves. Eventually, they may even stop receiving so much attention.

Source: HuffPost
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