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Trump Encouraged Sean Hannity To Go After the New York Times

Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty
Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty

Over the past month, as Fox News personality Sean Hannity seethed over his—and his network’s—treatment in the New York Times, one of the host’s closest friends quietly encouraged him to exact some revenge on the newspaper for reporting that Hannity had downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.

This particular friend was none other than President Donald Trump, who at the time was busy overseeing the federal response to the pandemic and resulting U.S. economic implosion, as his reelection campaign was also filing lawsuits against various local and national media outlets.

According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had privately gossiped with Hannity—a prominent informal adviser to this president and one of Trump’s preferred late-night phone buddies—about the Fox host’s desire to make an example of the Times. Though President Trump thought it was a good idea for Hannity to explore

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