Fox News Channel fixture Sean Hannity is lashing out at a media watchdog group he accuses of “liberal fascism” in targeting advertisers on his show, the AP reports. The move comes as one advertiser, Cars.com, has pulled its ads from the show.
The scrape is part of the fallout for Hannity over a discredited story about a murdered Democratic National Committee chairman, the AP notes. Hannity has said he would no longer discuss the story.
“On Wednesday, Hannity sent a steady stream of tweets that targeted Media Matters for America, the liberal lobbyists who a day earlier had posted a list of his show’s advertisers on its web site,” the AP reports. “Targeting a show’s advertisers is a potent line of attack in television; the swift abandonment of Bill O’Reilly’s advertisers last month after the revelation of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment charges was widely considered a factor in his firing by Fox.”
Hannity tweeted that Media Matters was “targeting my advertisers to silence my voice,” and added: “They hope to get me fired. Rush (Limbaugh), O’Reilly, (Glenn) Beck, (Don) Imus and now me.”