Just days after Tapper called out Hannity for no longer being named the recipient of a prestigious conservative media award, the Fox News host asked his viewers to troll the CNN host with their opinions of him and his reporting, which Hannity labeled as “fake news.”
Hannity, who’s taken aim at both MSNBC and CNN on Hannity, requested his July 24 audience to message several employees of both news networks. He asked them to tweet directly to Tapper about his interview with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and to message reporter Brian Stelter and company Jeff Zucker about the network’s “Russia obsession” and its “lack of desire to be fair and balanced.”
So, many on Twitter heeded Hannity’s advice and decided to do just that to the three. But instead of bashing them for “being fake news,” many of the tweets showed admiration for their work.
Tapper chimed in with a tweet of his own following the response.
That’s not the first chapter in the Hannity/Tapper saga. Just last week, Tapper reported that Hannity would no longer be the recipient of the conservative Media Research Center’s William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.
Buckley founded the National Review and died in 2008. Tapper said that his son, best-selling author Christopher Buckley, “expressed great dismay” that Hannity was selected to receive the honor.
“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,” Tapper wrote.
Hannity wasn’t exactly thrilled with Tapper’s reporting and said that he was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict.
CNN said it contacted the Media Research Center, and a spokesperson said that “it’s my understanding there was a scheduling conflict.” But it says later on in Tapper’s story that sources said “the MRC leadership discussed ways to allow Hannity to save face by acting as if a scheduling conflict would prevent him from accepting the award.”
Hannity again wasn’t thrilled with Tapper’s response and fired back, calling Tapper a “liberal hack.”
The feud between the two certainly doesn’t seem like it’ll be dying down anytime soon.