Key Words: Newt Gingrich says this is the best way to communicate with President Trump
“Occasionally, we’d talk on Sean’s show knowing Trump was watching. The two most effective ways of communicating with Trump are ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Hannity.’”?
That’s the former House Speaker giving some insight into how one might go about staying on the President’s radar.
The quote is from the New York Times piece, “How far will Sean Hannity go?” The story takes a deep dive into the Fox News personality, his connection with Trump and how his show — and its 13.5 million viewers — has risen to the top of the cable news ratings.
Matthew Shaer, the man who penned the article, explained that the quintessential Hannity program hinges on the host’s primary preoccupations: “Reverence for the military and law enforcement; nostalgia for an America that Hannity feels is slipping away; disdain for the mainstream media; and since the last presidential election, unyielding support for the agenda of Donald Trump.”
That unyielding support was on display during Trump’s campaign when conservative commentators called on him to abort his bid after the Access Hollywood tapes. Not Hannity, though. He went with the “what about?” approach. “King David had 500 concubines, for crying out loud!” he said, before suggesting later on Twitter that it was Bill Clinton who should be investigated for sexual misconduct.
“If you look back at those traumas, you’ll see that Hannity steadied the whole of conservative politics during those crucial times,” Hannity’s friend Geraldo Rivera told the Times. “And I think he plays much the same role now. He’s firm in his support of the president, and woe unto you if you don’t see things the same way. He’s a shield.”
He’s also “the single most important voice for the ‘deplorables,’” according to Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working — for Hannity personally. Forbes put Hannity’s annual income at around $ 36 million.