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- Overall, we rate Hannity.com Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, promotion of propaganda, and conspiracy theories as well as numerous failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1998, Hannity.com is the website for conservative radio and talk show host Sean Hannity. The website features a live stream of his radio show as well as summarized news articles from other sources.
Funded by / Ownership
Hannity.com is owned by Premiere Radio Networks, which in turn is owned by iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia owns approximately 850 radio stations across the USA. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Hannity.com publishes summarized conservative news stories as well as a podcast of Sean Hannity’s radio show. Articles and headlines often contain emotionally loaded wording such as this WHO’S THE BOSS? Trump ‘Terminates’ US Relationship with World Health Organization. This news summary leads to the full Fox News article. Other stories are sourced to the Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, and questionable sources such as the Gateway Pundit. Story selection always favors the right and in particular President Trump and denigrates the left such as this: FANCY NANCY on SHUTDOWN: ‘This is an Opportunity, Every Crisis Is!’.
Sean Hannity promotes pro-Trump propaganda and has advanced many conspiracies such as Obama Birtherism, the Seth Rich murder conspiracy, as well as claiming Hillary Clinton has health problems. Other conspiracies espoused are Ukraine and the Biden’s, Climate change denialism, and claiming that the Coronavirus may be a “fraud” perpetrated by the “deep state”. In general, Hannity.com reports news with a far-right bias that often is not factually based due to a poor track record with fact-checkers.
Failed Fact Checks (shortlist of many)
- “The president said he’s going to bring in 250,000 (Syrian and Iraqi) refugees into this country.” – Pants on Fire
- Says 642,000 crimes were committed against Texans by criminal immigrants in a recent seven-year period. – False
- The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is “the most overturned court in the country.” – False
- In 2007, when Nancy Pelosi met with President Assad of Syria, “nobody got upset.” – False
- Donald Trump personally sent out an airplane to bring home U.S. military members stranded in Florida. – False
Overall, we rate Hannity.com Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing, promotion of propaganda, and conspiracy theories as well as numerous failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 5/30/2020)
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