No free press defense for Hannity regarding House investigation

Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post, January 5, 2022, notes that in trying to evade appearing before the House January 6 committee, Fox News’ Sean Hannity cited the First Amendment and his status as a journalist. Sullivan notes that Hannity’s communications with White House staff was advising rather than reporting. In fact, Hannity noted famously that he is a talk show host, not a journalist.

Journalism professor June Cross said that Fox was not actually a news organization but was more focused on “news entertainment.” And if Hannity were actually a journalist would he have not revealed to Fox and reported on what he knew of discussions in the White Hours leading up to the January 6 insurrection. (AP News, January 5, 2022, by David Bauder)