Juan Williams slams CNN for fake news report that Sean Hannity pulled a gun on him

Sean Hannity fake news CNNCNN, the outlet now known as the least-trusted name in cable news, came under fire after a report that claims talk show host Sean Hannity pulled a gun on Juan Williams after an argument.

According to Breitbart:

Dylan Byers, one of the media writers at CNN who works for media industry defender Brian Stelter, printed a story on Thursday alleging: “Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams.” Byers cited “three sources with knowledge of the incident” to make the claim.

“He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body,” Byers wrote, adding in parentheses: “Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.”

Byers added in the next paragraph that the alleged incident was investigated, and it was determined nothing bad happened.

“For the record: Hannity’s colleagues brought the Williams incident to the attention of Fox News executives, though it’s not clear whether anything came of it,” Byers wrote. “The sources said it went to Bill Shine, the network’s co-president and longtime Fox News executive, who is Hannity’s longtime friend and a former producer. A Fox News spokesperson said the incident was referred to the legal and human resources departments.”

Fox News, Hannity and Williams, however, say the incident is being way overblown by CNN.

“Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11 years old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York,” Fox News said. “The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger.”

“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only,” Hannity said. “Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”

Williams went even further.

“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way,” he said, according to the CNN report. “It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”

Hannity also weighed in:



Byers also claimed Hannity — who studies mixed martial arts — has “a brown belt in Karate,” but Hannity said he “never did ‘Karate.'”


Even though his reporting was challenged by everyone involved, Bane stood by his claim:


Writing at the Spectator, Gage Skidmore notes:

This is simply more of the same. From Buckley to Goldwater to Reagan to Limbaugh to Hannity and Levin and fill-in-the-blank-name-of-your-favorite conservative-commentator, there is always the same old liberal formula. Conservative X is nuts. Details to follow.

End of story. End of incident.

It’s no wonder many no longer trust CNN…


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