After it was revealed in federal court that Fox News’ Sean Hannity was the previously undisclosed third client of Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, Fox News finally put out their Nothing To See Here statement on Tuesday afternoon.
“While FOX News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support,” the network said in a statement, as reported by NPR’s David Folkenflik.
Hannity, who operates in the nebulous space of opinion journalism but claims he’s not a journalist when it serves him, never disclosed Cohen was his lawyer while he was criticizing the FBI raids of Cohen’s office, which he called an “unprecedented abuse of power,” on the air.
Since the reveal, noted Fox News ghouls like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have predictably closed a tight circle around Hannity to deflect criticism of their beloved son. Now the official Fox News line asserts that Hannity “continues to have our full support.”
All of this makes perfect sense. After all, if Fox News suddenly started to stand up for journalistic values now, it would probably implode its entire operation.