I am growing more and more troubled by the completely meltdown freakout taking place at FOX News, specifically as typified by one Sean Hannity. The man has lost it. He’s growing unhinged. And none of it seems to make any sense.
It all started a few weeks ago when Hannity started to tout the bizarre conspiracy theory associated with the tragic death of Seth Rich. According to this completely boners conspiracy theory, Rich was murdered at the behest of John Podesta because he was the source of all the emails that Wikileaks kept pumping out during the campaign. It’s all really horrible and makes me wince even having to explain what it is that Hannity is babbling on about.
Because of his talking up this conspiracy theory, he has begun to lose advertisers and rightfully so. He’s destroying any credibility he may have had and I fear he’s putting the lives of people like John Podesta at risk. It’s almost as if he’s baiting our conspiracy-loving president into picking up the cause.
Now, as his show begins its seemingly inevitable death rattles, Hannity has vowed to go after the advertisers of the Left leaning Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert. Such hysterical vindictiveness does no one any good, especially Hannity himself.
This, of course, brings up a more potent issue: what is the origin of this surreal behavior on the party of Hannity and his ilk in the first place? What drives them to go so far into a surreal netherworld of Rightwing fantasies that they completely lose touch with reality and start to seem as though they want to cause trouble just for the sake of causing trouble.
I know a few people like Hannity and even though they’re guy won, you wouldn’t know it from talking to them. Even though Trump seems intent destroying the post World War II global liberal order and has the means to do it, they act like caged rats. They rhetoric and ideology — such as it is — would make you think they had to worry about the state police coming after them in the middle of the night.
If anything explains what I mean by the term “Trumplandia” it’s Hannity’s current behavior. It has no place in public discourse, much less TV news and his complete Howard Beal meltdown is a real risk to civil society. But I am at a loss to explain where it all comes from. I’m at a loss to explain the origin of it all. The source of all this batshit behavior is so mysterious that if we could finally pin it down, we might be able to get a huge step closer to fixing the enormous political mess we find ourselves in as a Republic.
Anyway, I just don’t know. It’s all so weird, and the thinking is so nonsensical relative to my world view that it feels like some sort of weird meta-troll. But, alas, it’s not. It’s all very serious and we’re all going to have to deal with the consequences regardless if we want to or not.