The managing editor for conservative political website RedState penned a fiery column to Sean Hannity Wednesday, hours after the talk show host unleashed on the publication for characterizing him as a Donald Trump promoter.
On his afternoon radio program, Hannity reacted to RedState aggregating a ThinkProgress story that noted he had interviewed Trump 41 times and mostly lobbed softballs at the billionaire.
Hannity adamantly defended his coverage of the 2016 race, repeatedly contending he has offered each of the GOP candidates equal time on both his radio and television program.
The conservative personality took issue with RedState for criticizing him and aggregating a “hit piece” from a liberal website.
RedState Managing Editor Leon Wolf fired back in a column, writing that “the furor over Hannity’s softball treatment of Trump has clearly gotten to Hannity.”
The RedState editor alleged Hannity is “actively helping Trump defray controversies that should be harming him with conservative voters.”
“We know when someone is pro-Trump and only pretending to be neutral,” Wolf wrote. “Hannity’s protestations to the contrary are insulting to the intelligence of his own audience and definitely insulting to the intelligence of the writers here at RedState.”
Hannity has come under fire from other conservatives for his coverage of Trump. Most notably, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) confronted the radio host at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March and told him that what he is doing is “bull.”
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