It has just been revealed that Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity was “at war” with Fox following the 2020 presidential election, the Washington Examiner reports.
The “war” was revealed in newly-released text messages between Hannity and then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows following the 2020 presidential election. The text messages were obtained by the House committee that is “investigating” the Capitol protest that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021.
In one message, Meadows writes:
Doing this to try and get ratings will not work in the long run and I am doubtful it is even a short term winning strategy.
According to the Examiner, Meadows was referring to an article in which then-Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace corrected then-Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for referring to Biden as “vice president” rather than “president-elect.”
I’ve been at war with them all week. We will talk wen I see u. I’m at the party with my kids next Sunday night at 7. Also if this doesn’t end the way we want, you me and Jay are doing 3 things together. 1- Directing legal strategies vs Biden 2- NC Real estate 3- Other business I talked to Rudy. Thx for helping him.
What exactly Hannity had been at war with Fox about is unclear. But, one thing that he did reveal was that Fox, in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, had decided not to air an advertisement that he had made. It is not known what the ad was about, but, presumably, it had to do with the 2020 election.
The text messages, according to The Examiner, also show that Hannity, at least initially, was upset with the result of the 2020 election. The Examiner reports that Hannity “repeatedly inquired about efforts to challenge the results of the election.”
But, the messages show that, over time, Hannity moved away from this position and he actually referred to those who took efforts to overturn the 2020 election too far as “lunatics.”
Now, the political left is using the newly-released messages to target Hannity and Fox. Neither has commented on the situation.