Fox News host Sean Hannity called on his millions of viewers Monday night to use the power of social media against what he said were purveyors of "fake news" attacks on the president.
"Now over the past few weeks the Trump administration has been ramping up one of the most effective tactics for combating all the fake news," Hannity said. "They've been speaking out on the very programs that spew the misinformation and lies about the president and standing up to these pundits and so-called journalists who treat the White House with hatred and disdain. I'm lovin' this fight back."
"Finally fighting back," Hannity said emphatically after playing clips of Trump spokespersons, "and members of the Trump administration they're beginning to shine a bright light on these dark corners of this fake news industry, and now thanks to social media you can too!"
"All right I'm not encouraging you to get in your neighbor's face," he explained, "like former President Obama did, liberals would say I'm calling for violence. But you can call out fake news right at the source."
"For example, you can tell fake news Jake Tapper exactly what you think of his interview with Anthony Scaramucci. You can do it on Twitter," he said.
"Or you can message Brian Stelter," Hannity continued, "Humpty Dumpty, Jeff Zucker's stenographer, about his 'Russia Russia Russia' obsession, and lack of desire to be fair and balanced and point out Hillary Uranium One and felonies she committed."
"And, of course, you have liberal Joe calling the president a schmuck, a goon, a thug, and mentally unhinged," Hannity added. "Great job, NBC, and if you don't think those remarks are appropriate, just send them a tweet."
"And over there, of course, you have Mika, helping out," he said, referring to Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. "The over-the-top feigning outrage every day, her disgusting treatment of Kellyanne Conway. Very despicable."
"You want to take it to the next level?" he asked. "Write a message to their bosses. Send a tweet over to Zucker over at fake news CNN, or Andy Lack from NBC fake news."
"Right now the media is living in their little bubble," Hannity explained. "It is our job to remind them that there's an America way outside of New York, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Tonight, technology is now making it possible for you to take your point of view directly to the source and show America's elites that the forgotten men and the forgotten women voted for this agenda, and they want it completed, and for them to stop lying to you."
"Take to the social media, I think you can have a positive impact," he concluded.
Some did take the call and tweet some of the journalists Hannity pointed out.
Respect the American people, stop lying to us, stop pushing #FakeNews! @jaketapper @brianstelter @joenbc @cnn @seanhannity— 🏵️ Buttercream Rosettes 🏵️ (@🏵️ Buttercream Rosettes 🏵️) 1500957614.0
Why are you not reporting REAL news @CNN @JoeNBC @morningmika @jaketapper YOU ARE FAILING THE PEOPLE WITH YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA #FakeNews— Trump2020 (@Trump2020) 1500962064.0
Others took the opportunity to praise Jake Tapper.
Did I hear @seanhannity asked people to talk about @jaketapper?? Cool. Jake is an excellent JOURNALIST. Sean, you are a PROPAGANDIST.— Jesse Lee Soffer (@Jesse Lee Soffer) 1500954437.0
I've been told @seanhannity wants everyone to tweet their thoughts about @jaketapper. I think he's a journalist. I think Sean is a hack.— Ben Howe (@Ben Howe) 1500952881.0
And Tapper took a victory bow on his Twitter account.
Apparently Mr Hannity told people to go on Twitter and tell me what they think of me. I don't think this was what he was going for.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 25, 2017
I don't think that one turned out the way he intended. Thanks, everyone. Very kind of you. https://t.co/7ANilJ6scE— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1500953315.0
Some said the call was in retaliation for a recent disagreement between the Fox News host and the CNN anchor over reporting that Hannity had lost an award for journalism after public outcry. Hannity claimed that he simply couldn't attend the ceremony, while Tapper stuck to the report that the award was stripped from him.