|:I never claimed to be a journalist."|
During major inflection points in Donald J. Trump’s campaign, the advisers, family members and friends who make up his kitchen cabinet burn up their email accounts and phone lines gaming out how to get his candidacy on track (and what counsel he might go along with).
But one person in the mix brings more than just his political advice. He also happens to control an hour of prime time on the Fox News Channel.
That person is Sean Hannity.
Mr. Hannity uses his show on the nation’s most-watched cable news network to blare Mr. Trump’s message relentlessly — giving Mr. Trump the kind of promotional television exposure even a billionaire can’t afford for long.
But Mr. Hannity is not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser. Several people I’ve spoken with over the last couple of weeks said Mr. Hannity had for months peppered Mr. Trump, his family members and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging.
When confronted about this Hannity did not even bother to deny it:
Mr. Hannity is unapologetic about his aim. “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.” After all, he says, “I never claimed to be a journalist.”
Nor has anyone else made that claim.
So let's see.
So far Donald Trump is being advised by the head of Breitbart News, the former head of Fox News, a talking head from Fox News, a nutjob who once represented Minnesota, and some woman named Kellyanne Conway who is trying to get him to control his impulse to insult people on Twitter.
I have no idea why his campaign is failing.
By the way, that Twitter thing? Not working.
Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2016
Oh yeah, they have him right on message.Some day, when things calm down, I'll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2016