Another day another case of media malpractice.
At issue is a recent New York Times article written by Jason Horowitz that implies that Sean, along with other members of the conservative media, were pressured into altering their position on the 2013 "Gang Of 8" comprehensive immigration bill.
"Jason, you ought to have the decency to pick up a phone and talk to the principles that you're writing about because what you wrote in the New York Times today is categorically, nothing but a bald-faced lie about me," Sean said on Monday's Sean Hannity Show.
In the Times article entitled "Marco Rubio Pushed for Immigration Reform with Conservative Media", writer Jason Horowitz wrote:
A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.
Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.
Mr. Rubio also reached out to other conservative power brokers, including the radio hosts Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, telling them that the legislation did not amount to amnesty. The Fox anchors Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly became more supportive.
The implication of The New York Times is perfectly clear: that Sean altered his views based on efforts by Senator Rubio and others to pressure Fox and its on-air staff into giving immigration reform favorable coverage.
Unfortunately for the Times, there isn't a single ounce of truth to their claim.
"That is just a blatant lie," Sean said on Monday's Sean Hannity Show. "I am 20 years at the Fox News Channel. Not one time in that 20 year period, not once, have I ever been told what position to take on any issue, including immigration reform."
Sean also added that he is proud of his efforts to highlight America's immigration crisis, which included numerous trips and broadcasts from the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Why people believe The New York Times at this point is beyond imagination but there are some people that still believe it," Sean concluded.