It took former Andrew Sullivan underblogger, part-time Libertarian and The Atlantic staff writer, Conor Friedersdorf, 2,000 words (fuck you, no, I didn't count them, I approximated) --
How Conservatives Awoke to the Dangers of Sean Hannity
The Fox News host is under attack as never before because many Americans are now forced to take what he says seriously for the first time.-- to do what I can do in less than ten:
As Sean Hannity hyped a conspiracy theory about the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer last week, touting it with the zeal of a true believer without citing evidence that justified that belief, the combative Fox News host declared himself under fire and in need of backup. Lashing out at what he called “Twitter snowflakes” and “the liberal effort to silence me,” he took particular umbrage at a campaign by the progressive group Media Matters for America to pressure his advertisers, an effort he called liberal fascism. “They hope to get me fired,” he wrote. “Rush, O'Reilly, Beck, Imus, & now me.”
He may succeed in rallying his fans. But Hannity’s angry claims elide the fact that the progressives at Media Matters have sought the scalps of conservatives like him for more than a decade. The Media Matters website has 3,488 items tagged “Hannity” dating back to 2006. Its latest push isn’t the reason his position is as precarious as it has ever been (nor did Media Matters stop Bill O’Reilly, who was sunk by multiple “falafel talk” allegations, or Rush Limbaugh, who is still on the air).
What’s different today are the growing number of people on the right doing what they’ve seldom if ever done before: taking Hannity and his ilk seriously enough to criticize them...
The Left was right about the Right all along.Because the truth really is just exactly that simple.
And I will give Mr. Friedersdorf credit for mentioning the existence of "the progressives at Media Matters". Because, for most of our Fourth Estate, acknowledging the simple, observable reality that the Left was right about the Right all along remains such a terrifying, career-extinguishing heresy that wormholes have been opened into the 12th dimension to help the American punditocracy avoid mentioning it.