Sean Hannity: Jon Stewart is a "comedic hack"

The Fox News host responds to a "Daily Show" segment in which Stewart calls him hypocritical

By Prachi Gupta
Published April 23, 2014 2:27PM (EDT)

Stephen Colbert isn't the only one at Comedy Central riling up Fox News hosts: While "The Colbert Report" host and Bill O'Reilly continue to take jabs at each other on television, now Sean Hannity and Jon Stewart are at each others's throats, too. The Fox News host shot back at Stewart on Tuesday night, after Stewart called Hannity a hypocrite for supporting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

Bundy, who has been grazing cattle on federal land for 20 years and claims to have "ancestral rights" to the land, evaded repeated attempts from the federal government to collect taxes. When the Bureau of Land Management attempted to seize control of his cattle, federal agents were met by protesters and armed private militia, resulting in an armed standoff.

Hannity, attempting to set the record straight, said that he supports "proportionality." "Can I make my position any more clear to Mr. Stewart?" he said. "I stand for proportionality. What I do not stand are 200 armed federal agents and snipers pointing their guns at the Bundy family and their supporters."

Hannity said that Stewart is "obsessed" with his show, and he and Comedy Central "are kind of the chief apologists for the Obama administration." He then challenged Stewart, asking if the comedian would label Bundy a domestic terrorist, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile have done.

"The more I think about it, I guess I can't expect a comedic hack and his army of writers -- I can't take them too seriously," he said.

Watch the clip at Mediaite.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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