Watch Hannity Whine About Fake News While Reporter Stands in the Hurricane

Good evening, Sean, God Almighty, hello, is this thing on, one imagines reporter Steve Harrigan screaming into a dead mic as he stood in possibly 130mph winds waiting for Hannity to wrap up his Friday night rant on Joe Arpaio at 9:40 PM CT, just as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm.

“I don’t really watch all these other fake cable news networks because they’re so bad,” Hannity barreled on. “It’s open season on conservatives,” it’s “the lies, conspiracy theories,” the attacks on the president, on sheriff Joe Arpaio for “enforcing the laws of the land,” the Obama-era drug warehouses, etc–and we’ll get to Steve Harrigan who’s getting up now in a second– and the illegals. Hannity had invited Arpaio on the show for a jolly congratulations for the recent presidential pardon of his criminal contempt conviction. They even joked about pink underwear (which Arpaio reportedly made his inmates wear in what he himself had called a “concentration camp.”)

To be fair, Harrigan got airtime earlier in the program, when the team had taken shelter under a parking garage because the streets were “wind tunnels” (a roof had already blown off behind him). People had been lining up for camping gear, bread, water, flashlights, expecting widespread destruction, and residents were being told to write their names and social security numbers on their arms, Harrigan reported, but of course, there are also the god damn lax Obama policies that got us into this mess and the cable news hypocrisy, and it’s outrageous. Full program here.

Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

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By Wednesday Trump will be tweeting how the recovery and clean up efforts have been a total success and all the impacted areas have been completely rebuilt. And Hannity will be screaming that the other media that are still showing images of the disaster are just conspiring to destroy Trump by showing a bunch of old/fake footage.