According to new details revealed in a trove of text messages obtained by CNN, Fox News host Sean Hannity was taking orders from the White House while ranting about the “lunatics” who supported then-President Donald Trump.
According to CNN, Hannity, and then-White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows exchanged 82 texts between Election Day 2020 and Joe Biden’s inauguration as president.
Meadows provided the messages as part of 2,319 texts to a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurgency at the U.S. Capitol last December.
The texts show Hannity acting as a sort of shadow chief of staff, advising Meadows in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Meadows, on the other hand, gave Hannity specific orders to assist the Trump administration, transforming Fox News into a kind of state media.
On Election Day, Meadows wrote to Hannity in a text: “Stress every vote matters. Get out and vote. On radio.”
Hannity replied, “Yes sir. On it. Any place, in particular, we need a push?”
“Pennsylvania. NC AZ, Nevada,” Meadows says.
“Got it,” Hannity replied.
Another revealing text message came from Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, who informed Meadows about the questions she planned to ask Trump on air in late November 2020, a practice frowned upon by journalists.
She stated that she would provide a platform for Trump’s lies about the election and pleaded with Meadows, saying, “Pls make sure he doesn’t go off on tangents. We want to know he is strong he is a fighter & he will win.”
Hannity urged Meadows to continue working together in mid-December 2020. “You also need to spend at least half your time doing business with us,” he wrote.