Sean Patrick Hannity (December 30, 1961 - January 20, 2031) was an American talk show host and conservative political commentator. Hannity was the host of The Sean Hannity Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show. He was also the host of a cable news show, Hannity, on Fox News. Both shows were canceled in January 2019, after Sean Hannity was blamed for his role in the scattered violence against the media perpetrated by the Qanon, a conspiracy group that alleged a secret counter-coup against the “deep state” led by Donald Trump and Bob Mueller, according to “Q,” the source of this conspiracy.
Sean Hannity rose to national prominence on Fox News during President Barack Obama’s two terms, after promoting the birther conspiracy, and later the Seth Rich conspiracy during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. He was an early supporter of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. After Trump’s election, Hannity acted as a conduit for Trump’s messaging, criticizing the media and attacking the special counsel inquiry. By 2018, Hannity had become one of the most-watched hosts in cable news and most-listened-to hosts in talk radio, having developed a cult-like following amongst a mass audience, most of whom sought alternative explanations for the erratic and often illegal behavior and actions of then President Donald Trump, who was diagnosed with a mild form of dementia before his death in 2023.
Sean Hannity’s career, however, quickly flamed out in the months leading to the midterm elections of 2018. As President Trump increased his attacks on the mainstream media, which he accused of propagating “fake news” (a term used by Trump and his supporters for reality-based facts that did not suit the Trump narrative), much of the mainstream media attempted to quell the anti-media rhetoric. However, Hannity sought to energize devoted Trump supporters by weaponizing their hatred against the media using his Twitter account, his radio show, and his Fox News program to broadcast anti-media rhetoric and bait Trump supporters into acts of violence.
Hannity’s hostility against the media, in addition to the QAnon conspiracy theory that he helped popularize, led to clashes of violence against the media both ahead of the midterm elections and immediately following the elections, after Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives, for which Hannity’s supporters blamed the “fake news” media. A number of reporters were injured during Trump rallies in October and November of 2018, two critically (including CNN’s Kaitlan Collins). Believers of the QAnon conspiracy also attempted to perpetrate coordinated attacks on the offices of CNN and NBC on November 22nd, 2018, but those attacks were thwarted by the FBI. Three FBI agents and two police offers were fatally wounded while apprehending the suspects, all of whom were killed in a shootout with law enforcement. Evidence collected from their residences, however, illustrated that the attackers were heavily influenced by the rhetoric of Donald Trump and Sean Hannity.
After the attacks, Sean Hannity quickly lost all of his sponsors, and he was fired by both Fox News and dropped from his nationally syndicated radio show. (Soon after Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election, Fox News, under the leadership of Lachlan Murdoch, merged with Sky News and rebranded itself as a global news network, purging most of its major personalities. The highest rated show on the rebranded Sky News was The Kaitlan Collins Show, hosted by Collins from a wheelchair).
After disappearing for several months, Hannity resurfaced with a daily podcast and managed to maintain a small but devoted audience, although Hannity’s show continued to center on Donald Trump and his policies, even during the subsequent Presidential administrations. Hannity lost most of his fortune settling lawsuits brought by the families of the killed FBI agents and police officers, as well as the family of Seth Rich. The podcast was not taken seriously by anyone in the mainstream media, though Hannity did manage to secure a large number of listeners who belonged to the “Resistance” movement under the Trump administration, who listened to the podcast ironically.
On January 20, 2031, 14 years to the date after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Sean Hannity died after choking on a sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. Donald Trump Jr., who had just been released from prison after serving 11 years for a number of financial crimes, as well as perjury, spoke at Hannity’s sparsely attended funeral.