Sean Hannity Sells His Soul to Donald Trump—and His Professed Faith Down the River
There are two kinds of stories any experienced media watcher should always expect to be wrong in any mainstream press report—stories about guns and stories about religion. About 95% of reporters don’t know anything about either.
Sean Hannity should know this. But even though Bret Baier had done a terrific job of putting context to Reuters’ obvious set-up of the pope and Donald Trump 4 ½ hours before Sean’s broadcast, Hannity still channeled his inner Katrina Pierson in defending Trump against something the pontiff never said.
There are two things that Sean Hannity should have known by 10 p.m. Eastern time:
1. The pope never mentioned Donald Trump’s name, and
2. He never said people who build walls were not Christians.
Saying an attitude (or, frankly, any sin) is “not Christian” can also be a synonym for uncharitable. By that standard, we all do and think things that are “not Christian” every day. (Except Donald Trump, of course, who has never had to ask forgiveness.)
Speaking of uncharitable, let’s take a look at Sean Hannity venting his outrage at a “judgmental” pope last night. He called on two fundamentalist Baptists to join him in ripping the pope, while representing the Catholic side was Father Robert Sirico.
Hannity, in high dudgeon, and obviously only skimming the bio his producers prepared for him, introduced “Father Robert Ser-AH-co, a Grand Rapids area priest.”
But Father Sirico is not just some priest. He is the head of the Acton Institute, a free market-oriented Catholic think tank, a true intellectual, and a guy who is actually willing to take the other side when the pope expresses matters of personal opinion.
But Sean wasn’t looking to have a discussion. He was looking to vent on a guy with a collar, since he couldn’t book the pope, and he brought along two mediocre fundamentalist minds to help: Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress (who sells lots of middle brow books, thanks to Fox News), and Jerry Falwell, Jr., who had nothing to contribute to the conversation, other than to laud Trump. (Did anyone who doesn’t pay tuition to Liberty University even know there was a Fallwell, Jr. before the Trump endorsement?)
Sean, as is his wont, started off with his favorite verse (when it suits him), “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Of course, he ignores that the meaning is that you should expect to be judged by the standard you set for others. He also, as usual, said he learned this when he attended seminary.
But wait, Sean knows two verses (and, possibly, Two Corinthians); the other, whose context he mangled in his outrage, is about not throwing stones. Yes, the two Bible verses every liberal knows and trots out, usually when responding to Hannity, whose very show is based on judging and throwing stones—and who then ironically proceeded to cluelessly throw a lot of stones.