Sean Hannity faced an enormous amount of backlash Sunday after he was accused of defending the alleged child molester and Alabama Senate Candidate, Roy Moore.
Hannity invited Moore on his radio show to discuss the allegations of child molestation levied against Moore, which originated in a recent Washington Post article. Prior to going into the details of the allegations, he made it very clear what his stance was and would continue to be if the allegations were found to be true. Hannity then began the interview with an overview of the allegations made against Moore.
“If anyone behaves this way or is responsible for this type of behavior, of course, it is unacceptable in any society,” Hannity said. “Everyone would agree, a 32 year old man pursuing a 14 year old girl is despicable.”
He then went on to say, “Does everybody in this country have a presumption of innocence and a right to defend their name? One of the things I’ve said on radio and TV is our goal is not to make this a political issue.”
Almost immediately, major news outlets picked this up and made it into a political issue. They claimed that Hannity was just a “right-wing media figure” defending Moore. The most notable of these being an organization called Media Matters, which released an article detailing Hannity’s “defense of Moore.”
Since then, Media Matters has continued to target Hannity, and encouraged all of their supporters to convince advertisers to pull their financial support.
This has been working alarmingly well for Media Matters, and it appears to have all started from one simple tweet by the president of Media Matters, Angelo Carusone, requesting Keurig to reconsider sponsoring Hannity.
Which they did….
Media Matters supporters have showed up in large numbers, voicing their concern to Hannity’s advertisers and calling for his firing.
However, Hannity has since reported that Keurig admits they were hasty to jump to this decision and were misled by a “radical agenda.” They have also reinstated their advertising on the show in an attempt to calm the wave of controversy that they reportedly admitted did not expect to see follow this incident.
Why Does This Matter?
This situation accurately illustrates the death of presumption of innocence in the United States, at least in the court of public opinion. Sean Hannity is currently receiving an inordinate amount of backlash for a simple advocation of the presumption of innocence. A standard which the U.S. Judicial System has held since the Supreme Court ruling in Coffin v. United States, in 1895.
However, it seems that leftists are tired of this standard and have not only decided that the allegations made against Moore are true, but have also decided that Sean Hannity knowingly defended a child molester, and as a result of this, he deserves to be fired.
Advertisers have repeatedly buckled under the pressure of public scrutiny, providing a false sense of validity to this baseless narrative.
That narrative being that Sean Hannity knowingly defended a child molester. He didn’t. All Hannity did was simply advocate for the presumption of innocence, while simultaneously questioning an alleged child molester on the allegations levied against him.
But none of that matters anymore. In our modern society, an allegation is the same as a conviction, and the presumption of innocence is just a relic of the past.