Sean Hannity Has A Problem With John Oliver: Why So Serious?

  

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Via:  tessylo  •  one week ago  •  49 comments

By:   Greg Evans, DEADLINE

Sean Hannity Has A Problem With John Oliver:  Why So Serious?

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Sean Hannity Has A Problem With John Oliver: Why So Serious?





Greg Evans


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Sean Hannity   has responded to   John Oliver ’s charge that the Fox News host has been exaggerating the violence of Portland’s Black Lives Matter protests: Don’t be so serious.

“His big problem is he’s not funny,” Hannity says in a SiriusXM interview.

On Sunday’s   Last Week Tonight , Oliver riffed on the Trump Administration’s handling of the Portland protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Oliver said that Hannity overstated the protests’ violence and that Hannity’s “tone does not reflect conditions on the ground.”


He added, “If you, like Trump, think that it is fun to use federal troops as a prop to crush the constitutional right to assemble then like a great American, I’d like to offer you a basic cognitive test.” He then held up two middle fingers, “How many fingers am I holding up?”


Appearing on SiriusXM’s   Jim Norton & Sam Roberts   radio show, Hannity said he didn’t see Oliver’s show (“I saw the headline on Mediaite”), but that Oliver has a “big problem”: He isn’t funny.

“I don’t live my life too concerned about what John Oliver thinks,” Hannity said on the radio show. “His big problem is he’s not funny. If you’re funny, I don’t care what you say. Be funny about it…”

Hannity doubled down on his view that the Portland protests are full of police-bashing agitators, with accounts of “cops that have been blinded permanently” by lasers and other injuries in Portland’s “Summer of Love zone.”

“I don’t really expect John Oliver to know facts or truths, and I’m sure he’ll selectively pick out ‘well, these are the peaceful protestors,’ and ignore the rocks, the bottles, the bricks, the Molotov cocktails, the gunshots, the fireworks and everything else being hurled at officers around the country…”

Late night comedy shows, Hannity added at one point, “have gotten so bad since Corona.”

Watch the Hannity segment about Oliver on the   Jim Norton & Sam Roberts   radio show above.





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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

Sean Hannity       has responded to      John Oliver   ’s charge that the Fox News host has been exaggerating the violence of Portland’s Black Lives Matter protests: Don’t be so serious.

“His big problem is he’s not funny,” Hannity says in a SiriusXM interview.

On Sunday’s      Last Week Tonight   , Oliver riffed on the Trump Administration’s handling of the Portland protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Oliver said that Hannity overstated the protests’ violence and that Hannity’s “tone does not reflect conditions on the ground.”


He added, “If you, like Trump, think that it is fun to use federal troops as a prop to crush the constitutional right to assemble then like a great American, I’d like to offer you a basic cognitive test.” He then held up two middle fingers, “How many fingers am I holding up?”
 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

“His big problem is he’s not funny,” Hannity says in a SiriusXM interview.

This isn't a laughing matter. . . 

 
 
 
Tessylo
3  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

Obviously Hannity has a problem with John Oliver telling the truth on this matter, why else would he go whining on the radio show and spread the same lies?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tessylo @3    one week ago

Because he is emulating his idol Trump who does the exact same thing in interviews...whines and spreads lies.

 
 
 
devangelical
3.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.1    one week ago

hannity does most of trump's thinking for him...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  devangelical @3.1.1    one week ago

A rotted potato does Hannity's thinking for him.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
4  Dismayed Patriot    one week ago

“His big problem is he’s not funny. If you’re funny, I don’t care what you say. Be funny about it…”

So he didn't refute the content, just claimed in his opinion that it wasn't funny, as any dumb shit like Hannity would claim who was trying to defend the butt of the joke, dishonest Donald.

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1  Tacos!  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @4    one week ago
So he didn't refute the content

Actually he did. He referenced the:

rocks, the bottles, the bricks, the Molotov cocktails, the gunshots, the fireworks and everything else being hurled at officers around the country…”
 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @4.1    one week ago

Except that's not true tacos.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @4.1    one week ago

And so that justifies unnamed federal officers pulling people into unmarked vans and taking off with them?

Never thought I would seriously say this, but that is some 1984 type shit.

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.1    one week ago

Which part? That people are attacking cops? Or that Hannity pointed it out? Because people are definitely attacking cops and many are being serioulsy injured.

Seattle police show injuries, damage suffered from ongoing riots

“In all 59 officers were injured throughout the day with one of those being hospitalized. Injuries ranged from abrasions and bruising to burns and a torn meniscus.”

And that was one event. One day.

Police: 49 cops injured in organized attack at Chicago protest

“What began as a peaceful protest at Grant Park Friday evening devolved into a very dangerous situation in which mob action deliberately sought to injure officers, provoke retaliation and damage property, Forty-nine Chicago police officers were injured. Forty-nine,” Brown said. “Eighteen of whom were sent to area hospitals for their injuries.”

In Portland, injured cops and damaged buildings play into Trump’s hands

One night last weekend, six local and federal officers who took refuge inside the city’s besieged federal courthouse had been injured, according to an  Associated Press reporter who was with them.

Nearly 400 NYPD Cops Hurt During NYC's Two Weeks of Protest Over George Floyd's Death

Several officers have been hospitalized for a range of injuries from being hit by a car to being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during an arrest. One officer was hit over the head with a brick so forcefully it cracked the cop's riot helmet. In another case, an NYPD sergeant was hit on the head by a glass bottle someone threw near Fifth Avenue and 15th Street. That officer needed 10 stitches to close the gaping laceration on his head. Most of the hurt cops have been bloodied amid clashes with protesters but avoided more serious injuries. Given the fact that   Molotov cocktails were thrown at both empty and occupied police vehicles early in the protests , and that a number of NYPD SUVs were torched by other means, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said it was a matter of luck that no cops were hurt worse or died.
 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.4  Tacos!  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.1.2    one week ago
And so that justifies unnamed federal officers pulling people into unmarked vans and taking off with them?

Um yeah. It does. Attacking a cop is a crime. Did you not know that? They arrest people for that.

The federal officers are unnamed for their protection. However, they do have other identification, like numbers on their uniforms. So, if you want to complain about Officer number 578, you can. But if you want to dox him so people can go to his house and terrorize his family, you're out of luck.

The vans are "unmarked" because that's simply what federal officers drive around in. They aren't black and white like local cops. But seriously, why do you care what their cars look like? What is the point of that complaint?

It's not as if people are being shipped to Guantanamo or anything. Nobody is missing. If they are arrested, they're usually just booked, arraigned, and released. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4.1.5  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.4    one week ago
Um yeah. It does. Attacking a cop is a crime. Did you not know that? They arrest people for that.

Anonymous federal agents and unmarked vehicles. Sure, you attack a cop and are arrested by a physically named officer and placed into a clearly identified vehicle. But just being pinned down by anonymous agents and put into an unmarked vehicle to be taken... somewhere? Fuck that. I will never support that under ANY circumstances. People always try to throw out the slippery slope argument, but once you get to this point you are already sledding down the hill. 

The federal officers are unnamed for their protection. However, they do have other identification, like numbers on their uniforms.

Did they? 

So, if you want to complain about Officer number 578, you can.

And there is the problem with unmarked agents. They have no number, you can't complain.

The vans are "unmarked" because that's simply what federal officers drive around in. They aren't black and white like local cops. But seriously, why do you care what their cars look like? What is the point of that complaint?

The issue is two-fold. They need to be marked if they are arresting people and transporting them, pure and simple. The second issue is a publicity issue. Like I said, what dip shit is doing is straight up 1984 shit, and that is a bad fucking look for 80% of the country. If you want to look legitimate to the people in your country, then you and law enforcement have to able to be held accountable. As soon as you start removing name tags or vehicle IDs you are killing the public trust and confidence in your institution and government.  

It's not as if people are being shipped to Guantanamo or anything. Nobody is missing.

It is the imagery.

And I am glad you said that... this is exactly how retarded conspiracy theories start... should I start spreading the rumor that Trump is rounding up peaceful protesters and shipping them off to Guantanamo Bay? That sounds incredibly stupid right? Kinda like how Hillary Clinton runs a child sex ring out of a pizza shop in "who the fuck knows where"?

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.6  Tacos!  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.1.5    one week ago
They need to be marked if they are arresting people and transporting them, pure and simple.

Local police drive around in unmarked cars every day. Cops operating undercover or as detectives wear suits or other civilian-style clothes without name badges. Every day. They make arrests like that every day. It hasn't been a problem until now.

Homeland security says on their website that the officers have no names to prevent doxing, but do have numbers for identification purposes. I think that's a sad development and wish they weren't doing it. It depersonalizes the relationship between police and civilians, creating distance, which is kind of the last thing we need. On the other hand, I get why they want to be cautious and protect their people.

I honestly think more is being made out of this than is warranted. If people were disappearing, it would be different, but no one is missing. They just got yanked off the street and sent home later.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4.1.7  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.6    one week ago
Local police drive around in unmarked cars every day.

And unless they are undercover they shouldn't be.

Cops operating undercover or as detectives wear suits or other civilian-style clothes without name badges. Every day. They make arrests like that every day. It hasn't been a problem until now.

Completely different scenarios. They make arrests based upon, often extensive, investigations, they don't just randomly start arresting people because they thought they saw something or they ran a stop sign. Undercover work is a totally different ball game from regular policing. 

Homeland security says on their website that the officers have no names to prevent doxing, but do have numbers for identification purposes. I think that's a sad development and wish they weren't doing it. It depersonalizes the relationship between police and civilians, creating distance, which is kind of the last thing we need. On the other hand, I get why they want to be cautious and protect their people.

I agree 100%. I don't have a solution other than "don't be dicks and dox people".

I honestly think more is being made out of this than is warranted. If people were disappearing, it would be different, but no one is missing. They just got yanked off the street and sent home later.

You may be right, but it is disturbing no matter your political stripe. They may grab me first, but how long until you say something and they snatch you up? This is how it always begins. They grab people up an hold them in the station for a night, then its a week, then its a month, then you never hear from them again and more and more people are being yanked off the street.

You know I typically call bullshit on this sort of thing, but this really does worry me. This is not some isolated incident where no one is sure what happened, this is a recurring thing. I don't know, I am genuinely worried about our system of governance. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.8  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Thrawn 31 @4.1.5    one week ago
Um yeah. It does. Attacking a cop is a crime. Did you not know that? They arrest people for that.

Anonymous federal agents and unmarked vehicles. Sure, you attack a cop and are arrested by a physically named officer and placed into a clearly identified vehicle. But just being pinned down by anonymous agents and put into an unmarked vehicle to be taken... somewhere? Fuck that. I will never support that under ANY circumstances. People always try to throw out the slippery slope argument, but once you get to this point you are already sledding down the hill. 

The federal officers are unnamed for their protection. However, they do have other identification, like numbers on their uniforms.

Did they? 

So, if you want to complain about Officer number 578, you can.

And there is the problem with unmarked agents. They have no number, you can't complain.

The vans are "unmarked" because that's simply what federal officers drive around in. They aren't black and white like local cops. But seriously, why do you care what their cars look like? What is the point of that complaint?

The issue is two-fold. They need to be marked if they are arresting people and transporting them, pure and simple. The second issue is a publicity issue. Like I said, what dip shit is doing is straight up 1984 shit, and that is a bad fucking look for 80% of the country. If you want to look legitimate to the people in your country, then you and law enforcement have to able to be held accountable. As soon as you start removing name tags or vehicle IDs you are killing the public trust and confidence in your institution and government.  

It's not as if people are being shipped to Guantanamo or anything. Nobody is missing.

It is the imagery.

And I am glad you said that... this is exactly how retarded conspiracy theories start... should I start spreading the rumor that Trump is rounding up peaceful protesters and shipping them off to Guantanamo Bay? That sounds incredibly stupid right? Kinda like how Hillary Clinton runs a child sex ring out of a pizza shop in "who the fuck knows where"?

Also, there were absolutely no markings/anything to show that they were officers of any kind.  They were practically indistinguishable from other white supremacists.  They were unidentifiable, no way to report them, no way whatsoever.
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Tessylo
4.1.9  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.6    one week ago
"I honestly think more is being made out of this than is warranted. If people were disappearing, it would be different, but no one is missing. They just got yanked off the street and sent home later."

I DISAGREE, I DON'T THINK ENOUGH "HAS BEEN MADE OUT OF THIS"

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.10  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.8    one week ago
Also, there were absolutely no markings/anything to show that they were officers of any kind.  They were practically indistinguishable from other white supremacists.  They were unidentifiable, no way to report them, no way whatsoever.

Then what makes you think it was federal agents? Maybe the people snatched off the street were taken by somebody else. How do you know you should even be looking at federal officers?

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.11  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.10    one week ago

We all know who they were, thugs/goons/mercenaries by whatever name the murderer for hire agency Erik Prince goes under now.  

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.12  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.11    6 days ago
We all know who they were

Good! Then you don't need any more identification.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.13  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.12    6 days ago

Who were not identified in any way, shape or form.

 
 
 
MonsterMash
4.1.14  MonsterMash  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.1    6 days ago
Except that's not true tacos. 

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Tacos!
4.1.15  Tacos!  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.13    6 days ago
Who were not identified in any way, shape or form.

OK so then you have no idea if they were federal agents.

 
 
 
Tacos!
4.1.16  Tacos!  replied to  MonsterMash @4.1.14    6 days ago

We still don't know which part was supposed to be "not true."

 
 
 
MonsterMash
4.1.17  MonsterMash  replied to  Tacos! @4.1.16    6 days ago

She's a hit and run gal, makes dumb ass statements than disappears

 
 
 
MUVA
5  MUVA    one week ago

They should fight a MMA match to settle the dispute.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @5    one week ago

That wouldn't be a fair fight, Hannity is a big fat ugly turd, he might fall on John and crush him.  

Plus Hannity is wimp.  Big fat turd.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
5.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  MUVA @5    one week ago

Does the same go for Trump? God I would LOVE to step into an octagon with him...

 
 
 
Ronin2
5.2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Thrawn 31 @5.2    one week ago

If you get Trump then I get Biden. We can do the world a favor and eliminate both of these assholes at the same time.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
5.2.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Ronin2 @5.2.1    one week ago

They need more emojis but "high five". While I think Biden will fuck up less, I am not exactly excited about his presidency.

I am at the point of doing less damage, Biden may not be awesome, but compared to the competition... holy fuck. Trump is a managerial nightmare, good god, imagine if he were your boss.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.2.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Thrawn 31 @5.2.2    one week ago

His biggest task will be to undue the damage Trump has done.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 hopefully will be cut off from their happy hunting grounds so that endangered animals have a chance.

 
 
 
Ronin2
5.2.4  Ronin2  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.2.3    5 days ago

.What damage has Trump done?

Made NATO countries pay their fair share for once in the organizations existence? Negotiated a better trade deal with Mexico and Canada? Forced China to the negotiating table to rework their trade deal with the US? Forced Europe to look at ending their protectionist practices and tariffs on US goods? Held the Chinese government accountable for lying and failing to contain Covid?  Tried to get us out of Syria (since we are there illegally); and Afghanistan (where we are accomplishing nothing).

Trump has made our allies feel bad. So what? They aren't really allies- just leeches. They need the US far more than we need them.

I am sure they are eager for Joe to take the WH; then the things can go back to Obama's subservient world view. Where the world wags the US.

 
 
 
Suz
6  Suz    one week ago

He's a brit.   Enough said. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Suz @6    one week ago

What's that supposed to mean dear?

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    one week ago

For some reason Americans take people with a British accent more seriously lol. 

It truly is fascinating to be honest, studies have shown that Americans tend to believe people more if they have a British accent, and tend to be more... gentle in their criticisms. And what is more is that no one can really place their finger on why. I myself fall into this category, for some reason the British accent just seems more commanding and attention drawing. I wonder if it has to do with the entertainment industry...

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
6.1.2  Release The Kraken  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1.1    one week ago

It's true I mean when Ozzy speaks, we listen!

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1.3  Thrawn 31  replied to  Release The Kraken @6.1.2    one week ago

Very true, but why?! I mean, does he ever actually say ANYTHING worth hearing (music aside, Ozzy is a treasure)? And yet for some reason when he opens his mouth, Americans shut up and listen.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
6.1.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1.3    one week ago

Well, I'm mostly just trying to understand him.  Accent aside, he sounds like he's talking with his mouth full.  And that was before his Parkinson's diagnosis.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1.5  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1.1    one week ago

I have always been a push over for a man with a British accent.

 
 
 
zuksam
6.1.6  zuksam  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    one week ago

He's a Foreign Propagandist trying to influence our Elections.

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.1.7  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6.1.5    one week ago

Me too!  John Oliver, Ricky Gervais, to name just a few.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.1.8  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  zuksam @6.1.6    one week ago

"He's a Foreign Propagandist trying to influence our Elections."

That's so fucking ridiculous.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
7  Thrawn 31    one week ago

Hannity is just mad that Oliver has won awards and is able burn him in ways that Hannity cannot respond to. Of course even if Hannity was able to answer back in a similar style it would be boring, whiny, and just not really worth watching because Hannity wouldn't know comedy if Trump gave him a lesson while pounding Hannity in the ass. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
8  Ronin2    one week ago

The lefts' definition of "peaceful" protester beyond sucks. They will excuse anything and everything so long as the person doing it is.

1) Harming Trump or a conservative in any way.

2) They are left enough on the political spectrum. 

Illegally obstruct traffic; take over 8 square blocks of Seattle (murder, rape, and armed robbery all permitted); riot for 51 consecutive days in Portland; injure 49 cops in Chicago; destroy private and public property; looting; assault; arson- it is all OK in the new leftist handbook.

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Tessylo
8.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @8    one week ago

I'm tired of your copy and paste job of a "left's definition of a peaceful protester"

Knock it off.  

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
8.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Ronin2 @8    one week ago
The lefts' definition of "peaceful" protester beyond sucks. They will excuse anything and everything so long as the person doing it is.

The vast majority of protesters ARE peaceful, period, full stop. Arrest and charge any that aren't. To anyone trying to just paint the "left" with the right wing infiltrators and Boogaloo boys or the handful of violent opportunists and looters, fuck you. You are being lied to and used by virulent sick and disgusting right wing fuck wads to believe something that simply is not true. Do not let yourselves be used by right wing extremists, you will only regret it in the long run as sick right wing extremists ideology is already so corrupted it's not worth saving, it's already marked for the trash heap of history.

 
 
 
dennis smith
8.2.1  dennis smith  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @8.2    one week ago

The dem mayors have not let the police arrest and charge any that aren't peaceful. They tell police to let rioters conduct violence. 

Who will stop the rioters since the mayor and governors don't do it?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
8.2.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  dennis smith @8.2.1    one week ago
The dem mayors have not let the police arrest and charge any that aren't peaceful. They tell police to let rioters conduct violence. 

And you have evidence of this where? Pulling police back from a protest zone isn't the same as telling them to not arrest someone seen committing a crime.

 
 
 
dennis smith
9  dennis smith    6 days ago

The mayor of Seattle told the SPD not to arrest rioters and in fact told them to leave the Chop zone police station, not to enter Chop zone and let cars, buildings burn and leave looters alone. She said it on local news programs numerous times.

 
 
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