Sean Hannity acknowledged that Bernie Sanders’ win in the Michigan primary last night was a “major upset” but that didn’t mean it was worth much air time.
As I previously noted, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier signed off for the night while Michigan was still a cliffhanger for the Democrats. The Hannity show immediately followed but within about 20 minutes, a Fox News Alert interrupted a discussion about Donald Trump’s success with news of Sanders' win.
HANNITY: Fox News can now project Bernie Sanders will, in fact, beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary. This is a major upset. How major? Now, consider that in all 15 pre-election polls conducted in Michigan this year, Clinton led Sanders by double digits. This is the ninth and largest state that Sanders has won so far in the Democratic presidential campaign.
If you thought that such a major upset might be worthy of discussion and analysis, you’d be wrong. Hannity went right back to talking about Trump.
Watch it below, from the March 8 Hannity.
Yeah, I’m surprised by the lack of the CNN/Univision Democratic Debate coverage this morning. As in none on CBS like it never even happened. I’m hoping PBS “NewsHour” doesn’t let me down and gives it its due. I watched most of the debate live on CNN and it was one of the best this election cycle.
While civil by Republican standards it probably was the hottest Democratic one. I was a bit perturbed post Michigan debacle Hillary was laying into Sanders quite a bit and often unfairly. She looked stressed, frustrated, and off her game for most of it but the moderators did a good job of probing the candidates on issues.
There was a lot of opposition research material from it for Fox News to lob at both candidates so I’d be shocked if Fox didn’t bite. Hillary got roughed up on email and trust while they dug up an old video of Bernie praising Castro and the Sandinistas. Great red meat clips to rile up the Fox fanboys.
CNN did not re-run the dem debate as usual, and the coverage I’ve been listening to all day omits a few but, to me, highly important aspects that I’d picked up during the part of the debate that I actually saw (insomnia can be useful).
CNN has been airing only the fiery bits (ad nauseam) and there has been absolutely no mention of the high level of respect and civility: that little detail has been totally ignored.
Now, during my brief night-time viewing, both Hillary and Bernie patted the other on the back for preserving a high quality of debate in terms of substance, actually answering the questions asked with quite a lot of detail (perhaps a bit more by Hillary). Accusations are based on facts and the exchanges are very instructive in demonstrating the value both of sticking to principles and compromise.
Right now (about 2:25 pm Eastern), CNN is airing a segment on the violence that increasingly characterises the Trump rallies. All that bears a striking ressemblance to the early years of facism/nazism. I fear that this will not end well
Like the guys following a circus elephant with a broom, get prepared for Fox News to play clips of this over and over to get their Christians vs. Muslim team sports message out while deferring criticism as needed carefully parsing his words explaining ’Der Furor never said all Muslims hate us – only liberal haters think that way.
I am surprised by Fox’s reaction here though. I get they’re disinterested in Democratic politics but I’d think they’d keep up their narrative of gently giving Bernie a boost – but not enough to help him in the general election – to embarrass Hilary who they hate as much as Obama.
Maybe they’re starting to think Bernie might win this thing and don’t want to pivot too hard on their Bernie smear campaign.
Unfortunately, killing off Bernie isn’t that hard. Just quote from his web site his crazy fantasy premium math for his universal health care proposal. You know, the applause line he’ll save everyone $5,000/year in healthcare premiums. He could promise a unicorn in everybody’s front lawn and be more likely to pull it off. ;^)