Saturday, July 22, 2017

Originally scheduled to receive the William F. Buckley award, Sean Hannity will no longer be the recipient after Buckley's son expressed outrage.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Fox News Channel star anchor Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence at its September 21 gala, sources familiar with the situation tell CNN. 

Buckley, the founder of the National Review, who died in 2008, was hailed in his day as "arguably the most important public intellectual in the United States." Giving an award in his name to Hannity -- a pugnacious talk radio host who has shared conspiracy theories on his popular cable news show -- had caused hand wringing among some conservatives. 

It also caused distress among Buckley's family -- in particular his only child, best-selling author Christopher Buckley. 

A source familiar with the situation tells CNN that Christopher Buckley "expressed great dismay" at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who has spent a great deal of time insulting conservative intellectuals on Twitter, particularly since he became a strong supporter of Donald Trump.

Buckley, sources say, called the Media Research Center and expressed his disapproval. Sources tell CNN that the MRC acquiesced and will no longer give the award to him. Hannity has since been removed from the gala website.

Apparently there were a lot of behind the scenes attempts at damage control over this, with both sides suggesting that there was a "scheduling conflict."

However Christopher Buckley responded to that by saying, "perhaps Mr. Hannity has been offered the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award on the same evening and had decided to leverage upwards."

Oh yeah, THAT'S going to leave a mark.

I am old enough to remember watching William F. Buckley sparring with liberals and fellow conservatives on TV.

Even back then I totally disagreed with his politics, but I never once thought of the guy as ignorant or lacking in intelligence. Far from it in fact.

To have given a knuckle dragger like Sean Hannity an award named after him would have been an insult to the memory of a such an eloquent, if often acerbic, conservative giant.


  1. Anonymous3:01 AM

    Even back then I totally disagreed with his politics, but I never once thought of the guy as ignorant or lacking in intelligence. Far from it in fact.... TRUTH

    New study shows how Breitbart Media created the fact-adverse nation that elected Trump

    Steve Bannon, Sarah Palin, The Undefeated (2011)
    Sick and fact-free. Alleged documentary is nothing but propaganda.

    Now Bannon is Breitbart, he is in the White House, on the down low for now, but shaping the Trump con and schemes against America. Palin would be there if not for Track Palin and her husband and their screw ups and severe dark Alaskan lifestyle.

    Bannon and Palin are playing it safe for now so they can make it back into the graces of their leader, Donald Trump.

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders was assured her job yesterday but anyone that knows what the Trumps wants, knows Huckabee Sanders is something Trumps will settle for waiting to dump her.

    Sarah Palin has the credentials (faked) and the sexy (Republican) looks to please the Trumps and Moochi.

    What better role for Sarah to dream of fulfilling than Deputy White House Press Secretary? Dealing with the press couldn't be any better and she could really shine and bask in all the attention.

    1. Anonymous4:50 AM

      Talk about random barf fests daily if she got that job. Our sewer system would be overwhelmed.

    2. Anonymous5:00 AM

      Even donald trump is smart enough to know that Sarah Palin as Press Secretary would quickly dissolve into everyone mocking her. Can you imagine the SNL skits?? Her shrieking babble would make Spicey look great. she could not handle the daily pressure.

    3. Anonymous5:14 AM

      She is perfect! Just ask Todd Palin.

    4. Anonymous5:35 AM

      What are Moochie and Trump options? Are thy stuck with Huckbee?

    5. Anonymous6:08 AM

      At least Huckabilly is safe from having her pussy grabbed on a daily basis. She is CLEARLY not his type.

    6. Anonymous6:32 AM

      5:00 AM - Word salad on steroids! We've seen time and again how she can't handle off the cuff questions; SNL would devour her!

    7. Anonymous7:57 AM

      Word salad on steroids! That is what makes her so special for Trump.

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  4. Anonymous5:18 AM

    The words intellect and excellence simply can't be given to anything assoicated with FAUX SPEW! I agree, Buckley Jr.

  5. Olivia6:20 AM

    William F. Buckley was an admirable and an honorable man, even though I disagreed completely with almost everything he believed. I could listen to his arguments and not have the urge to pound his head to a pulp like I have with Hannity.

  6. Anonymous6:25 AM

    Sean will love this. President Trump loves military ceremony. It is a great visual.

    President Trump delivers address at commissioning ceremony of USS Gerald R. Ford

    It really is GREAT AND BIGLY! The new aircraft carrier has billed by the U.S. Navy as “the most advanced in the world” with claims to have the ability to carry more aircraft and weapons than any previous ship.

    Trump will look good. We can hardly wait for Sarah Huckabee to answer all the questions from the press core.

  7. Anonymous10:28 AM

    Actually, in a way, it is VERY appropriate for Hannity to get that award, as a symbolic "passing of the torch" from a time when there were actually conservative intellectuals to what we have now: proudly ignorant hyperbolic bomb throwers.

  8. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Chris Buckley is such a funny author. If you haven't read his books you should check him out on Amazon. Best of his books is "Little Green Men" and he also wrote "Thank You for Smoking" which was made into a wonderful film.

    Talented, charming, refined and intelligent, just as his father was.

    All the things that the Republican party used to be before it dived into the depths of ignorance in order to find more voters.

  9. Anonymous4:45 PM

    For goodness sake, the Hannity person was previous to appearing on Fox News something involved in a bar setting, I believe perhaps a bouncer or maybe even a bartender? So, if there is nothing more telling regarding his suitability to even discuss politics, much less have as large a platform as he does, it should be his past resume. Seriously, bouncer,

    FFS. What has America become.

  10. Anonymous5:22 PM

    Sean can ram it up his poop chute!


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