Like Trump, Hannity seems almost clinically unable to criticize others without also telling on himself. And if the Post’s reporting on Hannity-as-presidential-adviser is to be believed, it’s all part of the same long game to deflect and discredit shared enemies.


Fox, for its part, said in a statement on Tuesday that Hannity continues to have its “full support” despite news of his “informal relationship” with Trump’s lawyer. This nonchalance toward a clear conflict of interest led to much chatter among media types of how a real or serious news organization would respond such a situation. The obvious answer is that a real or serious news organization wouldn’t hire Hannity in the first place.

Will reports of Hannity actually advising the president—his main topic of coverage—force Fox’s hand? On the contrary, it would seem to give the host more power both inside and outside the cable channel’s confines. Rather than a Fox News presidency, it increasingly appears that the White House is a Hannity show.