July 26, 2017
Jake Tapper, a Philadelphia native by way of New York, fell into the crosshairs of Breitbart News earlier this week after a heated interview with new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
The CNN host was essentially cast as a purveyor of "fake news" who tried to play up a blue-collar background in Queen Village despite attending an expensive private school in Bryn Mawr. Tapper responded to the piece with a series of tweets that clarified his upbringing and reiterated his appreciation for Philadelphia. End of story, right?
Not for Sean Hannity. On Monday night, the Fox News host ran a segment on his show calling for viewers to criticize prominent broadcasters who have been associated with the Trump administration's catch-all "fake news" retort.
"You can call out fake news right at the source," Hannity said. "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."
The appeal isn't going over so well for Hannity, who quickly found himself the target of most people who decided to participate in the exercise.
Jake Tapper is one of the best real, old-style, actual news & factual analysis journalists in any media. Hannity will never be a journalist.— Jack Newman (@JackJoseyNewman) July 26, 2017
Jake Tapper is a highly respected journalist while Sean Hannity is a lying muckraker with zero integrity and respect. Need I say more?— Russell Rosenkild (@RussellRosenk1) July 26, 2017
Jake Tapper is the "Brain Surgeon" of News Media!! Unfortunately Sean Hannity is the "Proctologist"!!!— Bones (@biafrate) July 26, 2017
Not to defend Tapper, but you've got to be smart enough to see Hannity as a clown— cmg (@cmgunnels) July 26, 2017
I’m a conservative, and I think @jaketapper is one of the best in the business. Tough on Obama and tough on Trump. THAT’S fair and balanced.— Autumn Price (@AutumnDawnPrice) July 25, 2017
Jake Tapper vs Sean Hannity— Dottee Penn (@AngryPenLadee) July 26, 2017
integrity vs conspiracy
reporting vs distorting
fact check vs train wreck
The gumflapper aint Tapper
It might be nice to assume this game was driven by actual political differences, but there is a back story that appears to have motivated Hannity.
Last week, Tapper reported for CNN that Hannity would no longer be receiving the conservative Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence in September. Christopher Buckley, son of the late conservative icon, reportedly protested Hannity's selection and demanded that he not be honored in his father's name. To save face for Hannity, the MRC floated the excuse that a scheduling conflict would prevent him from attending the event.
Reason he's not getting award, per sources: Christopher Buckley protested that the award in his father's name would be given to Hannity. https://t.co/zHcAEhwvDc— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 21, 2017
Chris Buckley called MRC and had them cancel Hannity's award in his father's name. I reported the facts about it. Your description is false.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 24, 2017
One year after Hannity showed thin skin in an argument with a Bernie Sanders supporter at Wawa, it seems safe to say some things never change.
It'd be great if the conservative award went to Tapper just to spite Hannity. 😋— ericlackner (@ericlackner) July 26, 2017