Oh, Sean Hannity. His brand of conspiracy-pushing pseudo-journalism can actually be abusive, and people are aware of it. Hannity wants to speak with one of Roy Moore’s accusers on his show. His show sent a letter to Gloria Deason’s attorney, Paula Cobia, asking if Ms. Deason would be interested in talking to Hannity live on the air.
But Cobia, and presumably Deason herself, didn’t just refuse to do so.
Knowing that Hannity has what is likely a very specific agenda to discredit Deason, Cobia sent Hannity an absolutely scathing response:
Thank you for the invite. Please tell Sean Hannity that I would never submit a survivor of abuse to the inevitable on-camera bullying and persecution by him.”
She went on to explain that Hannity immediately voiced support for Roy Moore over his accusers, and even said that the Republican establishment hated him, suggesting that they might be behind what he no doubt thinks is a smear campaign. A survivor of sexual assault doesn’t need to be subjected to someone who will attack her, and even accuse her of participating in some grand conspiracy to keep people like Moore out of Congress on behalf of the establishment, or on behalf of Democrats or anyone else.
Cobia didn’t stop with that, though. She then said:
Mr. Hannity has belittled, defamed and engaged in an on-air intimidation campaign against the victims of Mr. Moore. He is totally uninterested in discovering the truth. He gave Mr. Moore a lazy, softball interview which his own panel did not find credible.”
Moore told Hannity that he didn’t generally pursue teenage girls and didn’t date any of them without their mothers’ permission. That’s disgusting. He was also banned from a mall because he stalked teenage girls there.
Hannity himself asked legal analyst Mercedes Colwin, “Do people do it for money? Do people do it for political reasons? Is that more common than people think?” Colwin’s answer was, “Oh, definitely.”
Is it really any wonder that Cobia would think that having Deason appear on Hannity’s show would maybe be a bad idea? Here’s just how bad of an idea she (correctly) thinks it is (with a shot at Fox News itself thrown in for good measure):
It is laughable to assume that Mr. Hannity is capable of conducting a fair and balanced interview. He is not known for journalistic integrity. He is merely seeking an opportunity to publicly attack and further defame Mr. Moore’s vulnerable victims. Well that’s not happening. Not on my watch.”
Read the full letter below:
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 19, 2017
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