Fox News host Sean Hannity took CNN to task Monday after a series of “embarrassments” over the weekend that Hannity said severely hurt the cable news network’s credibility.
First, CNN host Reza Aslan tweeted Sunday that President Donald Trump is a “piece of s**t” for advocating for his “travel ban” in the wake of a terrorist attack in London that left seven people dead and 48 injured.
"This piece of s**t is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind,” Aslan tweeted.
Trump’s “travel ban,” which federal courts have twice rejected, would temporarily suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program and temporarily prevent travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for a set number of days. Trump said the policies would keep America safe, but his critics say the policy is a veiled form of racism and Islamophobia.
Right-wing personalities like the Gateway Pundit and Mike Cernovich said CNN correspondent Becky Anderson staged the fake protest in order to push a pro-Muslim narrative, one that depicted London Muslims being staunchly against extremists.
CNN, however, denied the allegations. The network told TheBlaze the allegations were “nonsense."
Still, Hannity disagreed and said the "Clinton News Network" — his nickname for CNN — has a “massive credibility crisis,” explaining that CNN engages in “extremely ideological, one-sided, mean-spirited, and often downright nasty coverage of President Trump, his staff, and even his 11-year-old son, his wife, his daughter and family."
After explaining the Aslan controversy, Hannity pointed out what he believed is a major hypocrisy.
“If I tweeted the same thing about President [Barack] Obama when he was in office, you think the Clinton-Soros group would be calling for my head and once again attacking my advertisers?” Hannity asked rhetorically about the Aslan comment.
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin then joined the program, and during a discussion about CNN's alleged staged protest, Hannity ripped apart the “fake news” outlet.
I urge people to watch [the video of the alleged staging]. It’s two and a half minutes. You literally see the guy in the white shirt over there. He say, “Oh, this is where the mark is. This is where you stand. This is where we want you to stand.”
There’s 12 protesters…and they showed up apparently at multiple sites according to [British news personality] Katie Hopkins. Now, then they get the shot in, telling them where to go. "All right, time to put up your signs." It’s almost like, “All right, quiet on the set! Quiet on the set! Alright? Ready? Fake news in 3….2….1…action! Go!”
“You can see it all,” Hannity explained. “It’s hilarious if it weren’t so sick."