On Thursday, Fox News host Sean Hannity crushed New York Times columnist Bret Stephens after Stephens complained that Hannity should not have received the William F. Buckley Award. Stephens asserted that Hannity’s award was a case of “post-literate” conservatism which runs contrary to the message originally proposed by Buckley.
“The conservatism [Buckley] nourished was fundamentally literary,” Stephens argued. “To play a significant part in it you had to know how to write, and in order to write well you had to read widely, and in order to do that you had to, well, enjoy reading. In hindsight, 2008, the year of Sarah Palin, was also the year when literary conservatism went into eclipse.”
He added, “Suddenly, you didn’t need to devote a month to researching and writing a 7,000-word critique of Obama administration’s policy on, say, Syria to be taken seriously as a conservative foreign-policy expert.”
“You just needed to mouth off about it for five minutes on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ For books there were always ghostwriters,” Stephens continued, “publicity on Fox ensured they would always top the Times’s best-seller lists.”
“And so we reach the idiot stage of the conservative cycle, in which a Buckley Award for Sean Hannity suggests nothing ironic, much less Orwellian, to those bestowing it, applauding it, or even shrugging it off,” he said
“The award itself is trivial, but it’s a fresh reminder of who now holds the commanding heights of conservative life, and what it is that they think,” Stephens ended.
Hannity replied to Stephens’ comments on Twitter in a surprising fashion.
“For the first time in my life I partly agree with [Bret Stephens,] I do not deserve the WFB award. I also never deserved the 2 Marconis,” Hannity exclaimed, noting other accomplishments. “Nor do I deserve the Radio Hall of Fame, Free speech awards from Talkers or the R&R tall host of the year awards I have won. Nor do I care.
“To my audience that has given me the honor of 30 years on radio 22 years on Fox, I thank you. You matter [sic], Faith, family Country matter,” he also wrote. “As long as you honor me with these opportunities I will continue to fight hard for the things I truly believe in.”
Hannity asserted, “I will also fight for the forgotten men and woman in America left behind, in poverty, on food stamps, and out of work. That matters to me.”
Hannity also reposted a Tweet in which he labeled Stephen’s a “jealous loser.”
“Can ANYONE think of just ONE memorable thing [Bret Stephens] has written? WFB was on my show numerous times, would WFB trust the [New York Times]?” he further questioned.
First reported by The Blaze.