Sean Hannity was going to be awarded the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence at the Media Research Center’s annual gala in Washington in September, but Buckley’s son objected this.
William F. Buckley who founded National Review magazine in 1955, and was a famous conservative and has expressed that in print and on the air until his death in 2008.
Buckley’s son, Christopher, 64, “expressed great dismay” that Hannity was the person receiving the award and told MRC objection.
Christopher’s disapproval was only because Hannity is a loud Trump supporter. National Review strongly disapproved Trump candidacy, stating that if the candidate has conservative viewpoints he should not be trusted to govern.
Rush Limbaugh, Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Mollie Hemingway were part of the guest list, unlike Hannity who was excluded from the gala’s website.
According to both, MRC and Hannity, Hannity is not receiving the award because of a scheduling issue.
“It’s my understanding there was a scheduling conflict,” Ryan Moy stated for CNN.
Hannity showed his disagreement on Twitter, beginning with an attack at CNN for being “fake news”.
Then he twitted that if Buckley’s son and National Review disagreed to him receiving the award, he was not aware of it.
Then he twitted these “Awards” are “BS” anyway, and his focus is the audience and the country.
Hannity’s tweets provoked CNN’s Jake Tapper response back to Hannity, which then provoked him for counter-punch.
1) deny accurate report; attack journalist
2) attack folks who protested his getting the award
3) attack all awards https://t.co/H096DQrHkm
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 21, 2017
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 21, 2017