In the middle of a rant alleging media bias against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Hannity said his show is “like the whole newspaper.”
“We do straight news when there’s a war, straight news on weather, straight news on important incidences that are happening, like Ferguson when that was happening, or Baltimore. And then we give a lot of opinion. So we’re the news page, editorial page, the opinion page. We even do gossip and sports like tonight, for example, Tim Tebow is on. So we’re like the whole newspaper. That’s what we do. Freedom of the press”
He also said his show does investigations “like we did with vetting [former President Barack] Obama, like we do on the deep state.”
Hannity has in the past said he’s not a journalist, although he has also taken exception when others point it out.
“Some of our opinion programming is there strictly to be entertaining,” Smith said. “I get that. I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there.”
Hannity fired back in a since-deleted tweet: “While Shep is a friend with political views I do not share, and great at breaking news, he is clueless about what we do every day. Hannity breaks news daily.”
However, in 2016 Hannity told The New York Times, “I never claimed to be a journalist.”