Sean Hannity proved last night that Republican talking points are more important to him than the news, even when it's reported by Fox. Because even as he was attacking President Obama for negotiating with Syria and Iran, but not Republicans, Fox News was reporting otherwise.
Hannity began an interview with Republican Senators John Barrasso and Lindsey Graham by saying, "Let me see if I understand this. The president will talk to Syria, Iran, Vladimir Putin but he won't talk to members of the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. Do I have that right?"
No, Hannity didn't have that right (even though Graham said otherwise). In fact, at about 1:20 in that very interview, a banner on the screen read: BREAKING NEWS: PRES OBAMA CALLED THE FOUR TOP CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TONIGHT.
As Media Matters, which caught this Hannity falsehood, pointed out, despite the "breaking news" banner, the news had been reported by Reuters more than an hour before the show began. Media Matters also noted that President Obama has repeatedly shown a willingness to work with Republicans. In fact, that very day, he had said:
I'm always willing to work with anyone of either party to make sure the Affordable Care Act works better, to make sure our government works better. I'm always willing to work with anyone to grow our economy faster, or to create new jobs faster, to get our fiscal house in order for the long run. I've demonstrated this time and time again, oftentimes to the consternation of my own party.
The "Obama talks to Iran, Russia and/or Syria" meme is not just a Republican favorite but a Fox News meme, too. But the fact that the meme gets more attention than the actual truth, even when it's reported by Fox News, demonstrates (again) the real priorities of the Fox "News" Channel.
With the current batch of GOPers, an old adage comes to mind: “Children should be seen and not heard.”