Friday, January 11, 2008

Sean Hannity and his lack of Moral Conduct

Rather than shun "reporter" Sean Hannity of Fox News for his blatent moral misconduct regarding the 2008 Presidential Election, I instead will look at other examples of his bad journalistic nature.

The infamous Rush Limbaugh can be thanked for Hannity's rise to media fame. Rush is the classic example of a hypocrit, defaming drug and alcohol addicts while swallowing his share of oxycontins. He produced a little Rush to ruin airwaves in Hannity, and Fox News' disregard of real journalism made a perfect match for Hannity.

Hannity's past criticisms of Democrats, religion and the war have proved his cynical opinions are not examples of journalism but just that- opinions.

Maybe we outta look into Hannity's study of journalism to better understand why he frequently undermines the Society of Professional Journalism's Code of Ethics.

According to his bios posted on Fox’s web site and his personal web site, Sean has not attended any journalism classes, has no formal training in journalism and has not been a reporter. He was a talk show host on a college radio station and he made a very successful jump to AM radio.

Maybe that explains why he frequently neglects that idea that Journalists should:
— Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

After last night's debate in Myrtle Beach, Hannity claimed that every Republican candidate has a fair chance at presidency with the exception of Ron Paul. He then proceeded to interview all of the participating candidates with the exception of Ron Paul.

It's no secret that I support Ron Paul. However, I can differentiate between the candidates and frequently applaud both Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee.

Fox News also showed three instances of candidates in the debate making remarks toward Ron Paul without showing his rebuttles. The debate also included a question for Ron Paul only that asked what makes him an acceptable candidate as Republicans feel that he is not.

Hannity has attacked the Democratic Party, in particular Al Gore. He has accused Democrats of not caring to investigate terrorist threats post- 9.11.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however it is the job of a Journalist to report the News. Fox News has failed to represent themselves as a real News station by imposing their biases on viewers.

They more recently made false claims about Clinton's campaign and who would be joining her post-Iowa caucus loss. After these claims were represented as false, they continued to report on it.

It's only a matter of time before Fox News and their head bad guy Hannity become satirical relief and lose their title as a News station. Saturday Night Live or The View are better to compare to Fox News than the likes of any other News station.

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