Some might say that Sean Hannity's memory is sadly deficient, poor man. First the Trump cheerleader forgot to mention to his Trump-adoring audience that he's a client of Trump's awesomely crooked lawyer, Michael Cohen. Now the Guardian has revealed that Hannity has been the recipient of tens of millions of dollars in HUD-guaranteed loans, "a fact he did not mention when interviewing [HUD] secretary Ben Carson last year."
Of course a poor memory is the charitable take on Hannity's broadcast omissions. It's also a grossly inaccurate one. Fact is, the Fox News host is simply, but fantastically, unethical. He's the Jimmy Swaggart of crony capitalism; he bashes it all the way to the bank, with pockets stuffed from his crony-capitalist connections.
Hannity, reports the Guardian, is the principal if not sole owner of 20 shell companies used to buy nearly 900 properties throughout seven states, "from luxurious mansions" to apartment complexes to low-income rentals, raking in, over the last 10 years, "at least" $90 million in loans. Many of his real-estate holdings were purchased at vastly reduced prices under the Obama administration, which Hannity regularly criticized on-air for causing "millions more Americans to [suffer]" due to bank foreclosures. Their loss was Hannity's gain, as they say, but I guess he was too polite to disclose that.
Not only did Hannity bash Obama for rampant foreclosures and attack "big government" in general, he wasn't so fussy as to spurn what his country's government could do for him. Which is to say, as the Guardian says, he "amassed part of his property collection with support from the US Department for Housing and Urban Development" — which, again, he kept quiet about when interviewing HUD Secretary Ben Carson. He also wasn't so fastidiously anti-Obama as to reject refinancing opportunities created under that president's administration. "Hannity obtained … help from Hud, which insured the loans under a program created [by Obama] as part of the National Housing Act."
The Guardian notes that though some of his loans were "first guaranteed" under the previous administration, they "were recently increased … with renewed support from Carson’s department," although "There was no indication that Carson was personally involved in the process." That may be. But how would you like to be the poor schmuck of a mid-level bureaucrat who denied Hannity his loan guarantees and then had to answer to Carson, after Hannity's phone call to same.
There's more, and it's just as sickening. Hannity's real-estate shell companies "are registered to the offices of Henssler Financial, a wealth management firm outside Atlanta." The firm's principal is one Bill Lako, who "recently wrote an article for the show’s website berating Robert Mueller … without noting his ties to Hannity."
The Fox News host also had Lako "appear on his radio show … and joked that the company took him on as a 'charity case.'" It's reported that Hannity is paid $36 million a year for his two shows — radio and television — some of which he used to profit from dispossessed audience members.
What a guy; like Trump, what a man of the people, what a repugnant phony. And like Trump, he'll keep sticking it to the very people who cheer him on the loudest. If ever there was A Face in the Crowd, it's the two of theirs.