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Sean Hannity blasts CNN’s Jeff Zucker with a new nickname over Stormy Daniels coverage

Namecalling took center stage in the bitter feud between CNN and Fox News this week.

Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, got things underway by accusing Fox of being “state-run TV” and “a pure propaganda machine.” Refusing to be outdone, Fox News host Sean Hannity dubbed Zucker the “porn king of cable news” for CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the alleged affair between President Donald Trump and former adult film star Stormy Daniels. 

Zucker’s initial remarks

During an interview Thursday at the Financial Times‘ Future of News conference, Zucker, reflecting on the current state of news coverage, stated that he believes President Trump’s frequent criticism of the mainstream media, or “fake news,” is pushing journalists to work harder, making “American journalism great again.”

But with one exception — Fox News.

According to the CNN president, Fox has become a “propaganda machine” that is doing an “incredible disservice to the country.” He continued:

What has happened to that network in the last 18 months, especially the last year, is that it has just turned itself into state-run TV.

He ended by comparing Fox to TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency, saying, “TASS has nothing on them.”

Hannity Responds

No insult goes unpunished between the two rival networks. Hannity opened his Thursday night show sitting in front of a graphic on which was a picture of Zucker with the words “King of Porn?” He began:

More fake news from CNN, this time spewing from the lips of the Clinton News Network President, Jeff Zucker. Zucker recently blasted Fox News as a ‘propaganda machine’ and ‘state run TV.’ He went on to say the network was doing a ‘disservice to the country.’ This is coming from the man whose so-called cable news station is literally nicknamed the ‘sh*****e network’ because they have an obsession with the word.

Hannity was referring to CNN’s coverage after President Trump allegedly called third world countries such as Haiti “sh*****e” countries during a closed-door meeting in early January. Hannity continued:

They also have a new obsession, basically soft-core pornography. From the non-stop coverage of Stormy Daniels to the constant speculation of an alleged affair between Trump and a porn star… If you’re looking for 24/7, never-ending, looped-around, porn-related news, CNN has you covered. We might have a brand-new name for their leader, Jeff Zucker, the ‘Porn King’ of cable news.

But Hannity was not content with simply winning the name calling contest.


Hannity sees CNN’s “saturated” coverage of the alleged affairs between Donald Trump and adult film stars as part of the left’s larger movement to get Trump out of office by whatever means necessary.

Noting the glaring media hypocrisy, Hannity pointed out:

The same level of media interest was not present back in the early 1990’s when then-President Bill Clinton was accused of having multiple extramarital affairs and even worse, engaging in serious incidents of sexual misconduct.

This example brings Hannity to the exact opposite conclusion of Zucker — that true journalism is dying out in favor of political partisanship.

To really drive the point home, he recalled the alleged rape by Clinton of Juanita Broaddrick, saying:

Then of course you have the serious allegation of rape. Juanita Broaddrick. And I interviewed Juanita Broaddrick, one of the toughest interviews I ever did. This surfaced first in 1998. Media research center tells us ABC, CBS totally ignored the breaking story. NBC aired seven minutes of coverage. But not before initially spiking the pre-taped interview with Juanita Broaddrick.

Now this proves what I’ve been saying about journalism since, what, 2007-’08. It’s dead and buried in this country.

Anyone who turns on any of the major news stations can clearly see that Hannity has a point here.

The vast majority of news stations are constantly airing stories intended to put the President in a bad light.

Whatever Zucker meant by “making journalism great again” is a mystery, because partisan-driven news coverage is as ubiquitous as ever.