It’s no secret that President Trump plays favorites with news organizations. While he’s constantly labeling CNN, the Washington Post, and many other outlets “fake news,” the president has a sweet spot for Fox News. He often live-tweets the network’s programming nearly verbatim and praises its reports.
But a new report in New York Magazine titled “Donald Trump and Sean Hannity like to talk before bedtime” suggests that Trump’s relationship with Fox News runs deeper than tweets. Sean Hannity, one of Fox News’ primetime hosts, reportedly has a direct line to the president and chats with him on the phone nightly after his show, Hannity.
The article claims the president and the TV host gab “like old girlfriends” about the media, television show ratings, sports, and Kanye West, among other things, saying Trump treats Hannity as an adviser, much like he did with Steve Bannon early in the presidency.
A former White House official said Trump’s obsession with Hannity and Fox News is “a f***ed-up feedback loop.” People chiming in on Twitter overwhelmingly agree that there’s something wrong with this equation.
We’re told that Trump whisperer Sean Hannity and the pathological liar engage in pillow talk every night. Comforting to know that the fate of democracy and the free world rests in the hands of a ventriloquist and his dummy.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 14, 2018
So the President of the United States gets a nightly briefing from a carnival barking conspiracy theorist.
Got it. https://t.co/FioIfL5RHN
— andy lassner (@andylassner) May 14, 2018
Don jr is dating a fox news host
Trump is talking to Hannity on a almost daily basis before bed
Trump reportedly has lue Dobbs on line during meetings
Trump orders Gov agencies to only have fox on all day long
Shit fox news is running our country #Resist
— Jennifer #FBR (@Jennife45516132) May 14, 2018
What struck me most about this article is that White House staff reportedly decided that the President of the United States couldn’t handle watching CNN or MSNBC, so they hatched a plan to convince him to only watch Fox News. https://t.co/BJFQ7UqBJq
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) May 14, 2018
Interesting conundrum. Which is more terrifying, the fact Trump is president, or the fact Sean Hannity appears to be his top adviser?
— Steven Day (@scdaylaw) May 14, 2018
Others couldn’t help but crack a few jokes at Trump’s and Hannity’s expense.
I wouldn't be shocked to learn Trump's first question to Hannity every night is, "What are you wearing?"
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) May 14, 2018
For real, though. I'm unplugging my twitter machine if I find out that trump and Hannity are having an affair.
— Liberal Progress (@LiberalProg) May 14, 2018
They say @realDonaldTrump doesn’t sleep in the same room as his wife (lucky her) and trump needs someone to talk to so he talks to Sean Hannity so does that make Sean Hannity trumps new wife
— Joe (@cowboyjoe458) May 14, 2018
Feeling bad that Trump calls Hannity more often than I call my mom
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 14, 2018
Neither Trump nor Hannity have commented on the New York Magazine report.
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