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WTF MSM!? Of journalist disclosures and tiny violins

Courtroom bombshell …

Hannity and Cohen … On Monday, lawyers for President Donald Trump’s private attorney Michael Cohen were in federal court in New York City arguing about who should get to look over records seized last week in order to determine what was protected by attorney-client privilege. During that hearing, the judge forced Cohen’s attorneys to name Sean Hannity as a client of Cohen’s protected by attorney-client privilege. Hannity later in the day denied that he had ever used Cohen for any legal proceeding, and said he never paid an invoice from Cohen. He admitted asking Cohen for advice in brief conversations.

That brings up the question of whether Sean Hannity should have disclosed his relationship with Cohen while interviewing him. He could simply have said that he had an existing relationship with Cohen when he introduced Cohen as a guest on the show. It needn’t have changed any of the coverage.

I have had past business relationships with people whom I’ve mentioned in my writing for Conservative Review. When I write about those people, a disclosure goes in an editor’s note. It’s good practice.

CNN’s laughable responses … CNN’s Chris Cuomo went off on Hannity, telling his audience that if you have a relationship that could “sniff of conflict,” you should disclose it. Really, Chris? Cuomo is the scion of a powerful Democratic family in New York. His brother is the current governor of the state. Does he disclose this every time he talks about politics or government actions in the state of New York? Or does he just assume people know? LevinTV host Mark Levin made the point on twitter this morning.

Furthermore, Cuomo’s network employs former Obama administration political appointee Jim Sciutto to report on foreign affairs and national security. Sciutto has never disclosed on air his Obama ties when talking about Obama-era foreign affairs or when using former colleagues to attack the Trump administration. Michelle Malkin gave Sciutto a Crapweasel Award for this stunning lack of journalistic integrity. You can watch the presentation here.

Neither of those pass Cuomo’s “sniff test.”

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