Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The call to the White House comes after ten o'clock most weeknights, when Hannity is over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Sean Hannity broadcasts live at 9 p.m. on Fox News, usually from Studio J in midtown, where the network is headquartered, but sometimes from a remote studio on Long Island, where he was raised and now lives. All White House phone numbers begin with the same six digits: 202-456. Hannity calls the White House switchboard, a number listed publicly, and reaches an operator. The operator refers to a list of cleared callers, a few dozen friends and family members outside the administration who may contact President Donald Trump through this official channel -- among them his adult sons, Eric and Don Jr.; private-equity billionaire Stephen Schwarzman; media billionaire Rupert Murdoch; real-estate billionaire Tom Barrack; Patriots owner and also-billionaire Robert Kraft; and Hannity.

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More than most politicians, Trump abides by the Groucho Marx law of fraternization. He inherently distrusts anyone who chooses to work for him, seeking outside affirmation as often as possible from as vast and varied a group as he can muster -- but Hannity is at the center. "Generally, the feeling is that Sean is the leader of the outside kitchen cabinet," one White House official said, echoing other staffers (current and removed). I was told by one person that Hannity "fills the political void" left by Steve Bannon, a statement Bannon seemed to agree with: "Sean Hannity understands the basic issues of economic nationalism and ‘America First' foreign policy at a deeper level than the august staff of Jonathan Chait and the -----' clowns at New York Magazine," he said. The White House official assessed the influence of White House officials and other administration personnel as exactly equal to that of Fox News.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-14 03:52 PM | Reply

Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-05-14 05:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Hannity and Trump relate on an equal intellectual level... somewhere below whale ----.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-14 05:38 PM | Reply

wow. So Hannity calls Trump and consults with him.

Then Sean Hannity broadcasts live what Trump wants to hear at 9 p.m. on Fox News.

The next day Trump gets up and tweets about what was on Fox News last night.

The perfect propaganda machine.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 06:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

You Really Got Me & All Day And All Of The Night

Sean, you really got me goin'
You got me so I don't know what I'm doin' now
Yeah, you really got me now
You got me so I can't sleep at night

Sean, don't ever set me free
I always want to be by your side
Hannity, you really got me now
You got me so I can't sleep at night

-

I'm not content to be with you in the daytime
Sean, I want to be with you all of the time
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Sean, I want to be with you all of the time
All day and all of the night

I believe that you and me last forever
Oh yeah, all day and nighttime yours, leave me never
The only time I feel alright is by your side
Sean, I want to be with you all of the time

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#5 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-14 06:37 PM | Reply

Is this before or after they cuddle?

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-05-14 06:53 PM | Reply

Hannity and Trump relate on an equal intellectual level... somewhere below whale ----.
#3 | POSTED BY CORKY

I resent that!

-whale----

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-14 11:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

First you call each other every bedtime.

Next you call each other every waketime.

Then you move in together and talk while you spoon.

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-15 01:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

you know damn well that when they talk to each other they touch themselves.

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-15 01:41 AM | Reply

Trump is mentally ill.

#10 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-05-15 02:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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#10
mentally ill..physically repulsive..morally bankrupt

#11 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-15 03:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Then you move in together and talk while you spoon.
.......................................#8 | POSTED BY RCADE

you 'da man with the connex...slide this by jim carey and see if he'll offer up one of his artful renderings. 2 fat white boys in flagrante' delicto LOL

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-15 03:40 AM | Reply

I know it's a joke to even mention this, but isn't this practice just slightly unethical? Even for an "Opinion" journalist like Hannity?

#13 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-15 06:28 AM | Reply

it proves how gross trump is. i'd rather chop my fingers off with a spoon than be friends with a repulsive slum lord hack like hannity.

#14 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-05-15 06:46 AM | Reply

The next day Trump gets up and tweets about what was on Fox News last night.

The perfect propaganda machine.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy

You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket. The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times.

You act as though you think MSNBC and CNN are "moderate". LOL.....

#15 | Posted by boaz at 2018-05-15 07:31 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

president obama didnt talk to cnn or msnbc contributors every night on the phone, boaz. Your both siderism needs work.

#16 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2018-05-15 07:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket.

You should be able to tell the difference between how Fox News acts and how the other news organizations act. No other network would allow someone to do what Hannity has been doing since Trump was elected.

#17 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-15 07:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Boaz, there is a difference between nitpicking the Liberal slant on a story and making stuff up out of whole cloth. You know this.

#18 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-15 07:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I am only willing to accept this if every call ends with multiple rounds of "You hang up," "No, YOU hang up."

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2018-05-15 07:56 AM | Reply | Funny: 7

"You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket. The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times."

So stupid. I just don't have the time to bother with idiots like BOAZ. Believe what you want dunce but some of us can still think. You are truly pathetic.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-15 07:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'll bet they are both into "water-sports"

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-05-15 08:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket. The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times.
You act as though you think MSNBC and CNN are "moderate". LOL.....

#15 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Yes... the liberal "propaganda" machine is where the media reports on "reality". We all know that reality has a liberal bias. And that reality and "facts" contradict everything that conservatives hold dear. So, therefore, reporting on "facts" and "reality" is really just a big conspiracy against conservatives. And liberals are SOOOOO good at reporting on facts and reality. Tricky liberals.

Poor little whiny Republican snowflakes. It seems like the whole world is against them. Which is actually pretty true. That is what happens when you make reality your enemy. But everything is just so UNFAIR. Why do people have to be SO MEAN and call them out on their BS? They really just need a safe space where they don't feel so put upon. But LIBERALS have even taken their favorite safe space, the NFL, away from them. Mean, mean liberals.

#22 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2018-05-15 10:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

president obama didnt talk to cnn or msnbc contributors every night on the phone, boaz. Your both siderism needs work.

#16 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE AT 2018-05-15 07:38 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Maybe he should have, might have helped get something done.

#23 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-05-15 10:37 AM | Reply

The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times.
You act as though you think MSNBC and CNN are "moderate". LOL.....

#15 | POSTED BY BOAZ

Boaz, you regularly talk about a civil war occurring if the right doesn't get its way 110%.

I don't think you have a clue what moderate is.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2018-05-15 10:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket. The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times.

You act as though you think MSNBC and CNN are "moderate". LOL.....

#15 | Posted by boaz

The first thing any cult leader does is tell you that everyone besides them is lying to you.

Fox news 101.

Works on the simple minded really well.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-15 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe he should have, might have helped get something done.

#23 | Posted by fishpaw

Yeah it's not like he saved thousands of lives via healthcare or shepherded the nation out of Dubya's recession or anything.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-15 11:18 AM | Reply

"You people act like you dont have every other media outlet in your liberal pocket. The propaganda machine was perfected by Democrats/liberals in these recent times."

Corporations own virtually all of the major news media, if you think they are liberals then you have rocks in your head.
And then there is Fox News which is pure propaganda for stupid people and it works. Original concept was called "GOP News."

#27 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-15 11:22 AM | Reply

Yeah it's not like he saved thousands of lives via healthcare or shepherded the nation out of Dubya's recession or anything.

#26 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-05-15 11:18 AM | REPLY

Nice MSNBC talking point for their Sheep.

#28 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-05-15 11:45 AM | Reply

And then there is Fox News which is pure propaganda for stupid people and it works. Original concept was called "GOP News."

#27 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-05-15 11:22 AM | FLAG:

Serious question Danni, I know Fox news is slanted, and you obviously do as well, but from actually watching it MSNBC is no different in the other direction. Peaple like ODonnell and Maddow are no different than Hannity and Carlson. Would you agree?

#29 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-05-15 11:48 AM | Reply

Yeah it's not like he saved thousands of lives via healthcare or shepherded the nation out of Dubya's recession or anything.
#26 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2018-05-15 11:18 AM | REPLY
Nice MSNBC talking point for their Sheep.
#28 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

I'm not surprised you can't recognize a basic fact.

#30 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-15 01:54 PM | Reply

And then there is Fox News which is pure propaganda for stupid people and it works. Original concept was called "GOP News."
#27 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-05-15 11:22 AM | FLAG:
Serious question Danni, I know Fox news is slanted, and you obviously do as well, but from actually watching it MSNBC is no different in the other direction. Peaple like ODonnell and Maddow are no different than Hannity and Carlson. Would you agree?
#29 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

That's factually inaccurate. MSNBC is simply more factual even if they lean left. Study after study shows Fox News viewers are the least educated out of all groups, often even those who watch no news.

#31 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-15 01:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Study after study shows..." lol - settled science.

"are the least educated..."

And you hate uneducated blue collar workers, just like your party, whose former leader is on Her Bitterness, World Tour.
Keep hating them, right to the bitter end of 2018 and 2020. Bitterness is not a winning formula.

#32 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-15 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nice MSNBC talking point for their Sheep.

#28 | Posted by fishpaw

If FACTS are MSNBC talking points, then they're doing a great job as journalists.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-15 02:19 PM | Reply

Yeah it's not like he saved thousands of lives via healthcare or shepherded the nation out of Dubya's recession or anything.
#26 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Obama sold out to insurance companies and healthcare behemoths

and didn't even bother to prosecute the Wall Street criminals.

You're hero. HAH!

#34 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-15 02:20 PM | Reply

Obama sold out to insurance companies and healthcare behemoths

You're hero. HAH!

#34 | Posted by SheepleSchism

And saved thousands of lives in the process. Would you be whining if one of those lives was your mother?

Your hero is making people LOSE health insurance. Why are you more angry at the guy who saved lives than the guy who's killing people?

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-05-15 02:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

#35

If Simple Sheeple can't have the whole loaf, he'd rather have a broken-glass muffin. (credit to S. Colbert)

That'll teach 'Mericans a lesson; not to vote for the imperfect!

#36 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-15 03:02 PM | Reply

Maybe he should have, might have helped get something done.

#23 | Posted by fishpaw

So you are implying that it is perfectly ok for a President to conspire with a network to produce and disseminate fake and misleading news and propaganda then the next day call every news organization (other than Fox) Fake because they questioned the integrity of the stories he is feeding to Fox News?

That really does not sound very American.

#37 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-15 04:28 PM | Reply

MSNBC is no different in the other direction. Peaple like ODonnell and Maddow are no different than Hannity and Carlson. Would you agree?
#29 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

It's not even close. True MSNBC cherry-picks their stories and pulls the Liberal slant out of everything that happens. Keyword, happens.
Fox just makes stuff up out of whole cloth. They invent their own facts and events.
It's not the same.

#38 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-15 05:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Let me ask this of FOX defenders...
What do you think MSNBC would have done if they had found out that Obama and Racheal Maddow not only had the same lawyer but spoke on the phone at length every night while she was defending him daily on her show?

Cause so far, as far as I know, FOX has said or done nothing at such a massive breach of ethics.

#39 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-05-15 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Please come back BOAZ!
I miss your fake, lying whataboutism.

#40 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-05-15 11:13 PM | Reply

Trump: Goodnight Sean. 😍

Sean: Goodnight Donboy. 😘

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-15 11:52 PM | Reply

"president obama didnt talk to cnn or msnbc contributors every night on the phone, boaz. Your both siderism needs work.
#16 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE AT 2018-05-15 07:38 AM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

Maybe he should have, might have helped get something done.
#23 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-05-15 10:37 AM"

Did President Obama 'get something done' and that's what President Trump is busily undoing?

OR

Did President Obama not 'get something done' and President Trump is doing diddly?

Make up your mind, please.

#42 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-05-16 04:47 AM | Reply

Does this look like quasi homosexual relationship to anyone else?

#43 | Posted by Tor at 2018-05-16 12:40 PM | Reply

Trump is mentally ill.

#10 | POSTED BY ALEXANDRITE

So is Hannitard, so it's a match made in Troglodyte heaven.

#44 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-05-16 02:03 PM | Reply

Whoever figured this out must be under Trump's sheets.
ISH wth is wrong with people?

#45 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-05-16 05:56 PM | Reply

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