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Political commentator Sean Hannity was one of the big losers in the 2012 election
New York Daily News ^

Posted on 12/30/2012 6:12:24 PM PST by SMGFan

The right-wing Fox News host lost half his audience in the weeks after Obama's win

In a fitting coda to 2012, we’ve learned that the ratings for rock-ribbed conservative Sean Hannity cratered after Barack Obama won his second term, with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves. According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly — who steadfastly refuses to identify himself politically as a conservative — retained around 70% of his audience. So what happened to Hannity? The going wisdom is that viewers who basked in his preelection anti-Obama rhetoric tuned him out when they were stunned to wake up on Nov. 7 and discover that the President had won a second term — a scenario that Hannity had all but promised could never happen.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/sean-hannity-big-loser-2012-election-article-1.1228269#ixzz2GaiHI9BV

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Yes, I would have stopped watching after election day if I had not already been without electricity since October 29th. I have watched OReilly more often last few weeks than Hannity. But I do listen to Hannity on radio.
1 posted on 12/30/2012 6:12:31 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I stopped watching Hannity years ago(not that I ever watched or listened to him much to begin with). For me, Michael Savage and Dennis Prager are so much more interesting to listen to. They seem to be more intelligent and have a better grasp of what’s going on.


2 posted on 12/30/2012 6:17:32 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SMGFan

I never liked Hannity. Seemed Whiney and repetitive and never really stood up to liberal guests


3 posted on 12/30/2012 6:19:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SMGFan

Sean has little respect for his guests. Too much “gotcha” radio and TV.


4 posted on 12/30/2012 6:20:07 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: SMGFan

“Adding insult to injury, two of Hannity’s rivals on MSNBC, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow, held onto huge chunks of their audiences”

That’s impressive. Schultz and Maddow held on to all 8 of their viewers.


5 posted on 12/30/2012 6:20:15 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: SMGFan

The article says that Mark Levin predicted a Romney landslide. No, Daily News, he did not. I do think that Hannity was hurt by having “the Architect” and Dick Morris on so often.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 6:21:25 PM PST by Montanabound
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To: ReformationFan

Rush and Levin are the only ones I listen to. Hannity has become tedious.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 6:21:42 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: SMGFan

But , Wed Nov 28th Sean was still in the lead at 9PM
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/11/29/cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-november-28-2012/159531/


8 posted on 12/30/2012 6:21:47 PM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

New York Daily News? I didn’t know there were still mimeograph machines in use.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 6:23:15 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SMGFan
MSM doing a victory lap in early December after the welfare dependent low information dumb ass voters reelected the mulatto Marxist.

To be expected immediately AFTER the fact.

Things have gone back to normal now and Sean is, as usual, destroying the lying Leftist competition—a fact left out, naturally, by the lying Leftist liars still lying about Sean Hannity here.

10 posted on 12/30/2012 6:23:33 PM PST by Happy Rain ("Outlawing guns because of Adam Lanza would be like outlawing free speech because of Bill Maher.")
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To: SMGFan

Like maybe his new support for amnesty and the trio of clueless celebrity panelists he has every night also had something to do with it.


11 posted on 12/30/2012 6:25:28 PM PST by oldbill
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To: SMGFan
a scenario that Hannity had all but promised could never happen.

Sean "I can only repeat my talking points" Hannity is a pussy for quitting FR and bashing us. But I do listen to his lame radio broadcast often enough to say he never said or indicated anything of the kind. He actually went out of his way to say he had no idea who would win.

Just another lying hit piece from the MSM.

12 posted on 12/30/2012 6:26:44 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: SMGFan

What do you call it when someone feels the need to publicly drone on and on about their guy winning? Oh, yeah, childish.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 6:27:18 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SMGFan
Makes sense. Hannity is a RINO cheerleader.
14 posted on 12/30/2012 6:27:36 PM PST by suijuris
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To: SMGFan
Hannity kept that idiot Dick Morris on all the time. Remember him predicting Romney would win in a landslide; wouldn't even be close. I think conservatives felt like they'd been lied to and turned Sean off just to take a break. I find myself getting tired of his endless self promotion and end up taking a break from him every so often.

Funny thing is I always come back, at least to the radio show. BillO the clown OTOH, I can't even watch anymore.

15 posted on 12/30/2012 6:27:38 PM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Clint N. Suhks; smokingfrog; Fudd Fan; Biggirl; WorkerbeeCitizen; advertising guy; thouworm; ...

Hannity Audience Crash Ping.

TGO mentioned in SH’s downfall article (NY Daily Leftist Worker’s News; consider the source...), at link:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/sean-hannity-big-loser-2012-election-article-1.1228269

FR thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2973532/posts


16 posted on 12/30/2012 6:28:08 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: SMGFan

Hannity is a loser regardless. Stopped listening to his radio show a long time ago. He’s constantly whining.


17 posted on 12/30/2012 6:29:39 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: SMGFan

He didn’t lose me because he never had me. That said, I wouldn’t watch msdnc on a bet.


18 posted on 12/30/2012 6:30:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: GeronL

“I never liked Hannity. Seemed Whiney and repetitive and never really stood up to liberal guests”

If Hannitys’ radio show was on before Rush, all he could talk about was what Rush said the day before. Hannity hurts the conservative cause though by not having a firm grasp of the facts. I never understood his or BOR popularity


19 posted on 12/30/2012 6:32:10 PM PST by Figment
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To: SMGFan

He was a RINOmeny supporter.

I no longer have any use for Hannity.

I liked Mitt, but he had no chance, and those of us with a brain knew it.


20 posted on 12/30/2012 6:34:47 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SMGFan

He was a RINOmeny supporter.

I no longer have any use for Hannity.

I liked Mitt, but he had no chance, and those of us with a brain knew it.


21 posted on 12/30/2012 6:35:01 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SMGFan

Sean came out and said he’d “evolved” on the issue and now believed in the importance of “comprehensive” immigration reform. Haven’t watched or listened to him since. I doubt I’m the only one he lost because of this.


22 posted on 12/30/2012 6:36:19 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: SMGFan

Sean says the same thing for six months straight.


23 posted on 12/30/2012 6:36:43 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: SMGFan

The simpleminded repetitiveness is what turns me off with Hannity. I can’t take any more of his timeworn catchphrases....”Republicans want dirty air and water!”......”Rahm-Rahmbo-Deadfish-Emanuel”......”If you elect a Republican, black churches are gonna burn.”

A few weeks ago, I heard him use the dirty air and water one four times in one day. Enough is enough...his mind is on some kind of very limited loop.


24 posted on 12/30/2012 6:39:18 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: SMGFan
Hannity's target audience is star-struck moderate women..."OMG, I can't believe I'm on the air with you, Sean..."

Ye gads.

25 posted on 12/30/2012 6:40:43 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SMGFan

Hannity lost me when he began to make supplication noises to the Liberal cesspool by stating that he was “evolving” on gay marriage. Laura Ingram lost me when she said the Republicans would have to “soften” their stance on abortion. The whole Republican party is going to lose a lot of constituents for abandoning their principles. We don’t need another propoganda outlet for Liberal crap. I considered FOX the only outlet that even aired my positions; although they sometimes gave inordinate time to the Libs. I’d rather be without a political party than to support a bunch of craven cowards.

Bill O’Reilly has always been an expert fence straddler. In pretending to air all sides, he has actually always managed to give more coverage to Liberal ideology on a national scale than they could by themselves. His criticism of Conservatives has always been well-laced with “respect” for Obama and an overriding facination with interviewing him. Does anyone fail to recognize that O’Reilly’s hard-hitting question “ Why do some people hate you?”was a gift to Obama. While O’Reilly is informative for the most part, he actually doesn’t stand for much except himself. He knows better.


26 posted on 12/30/2012 6:41:33 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: SMGFan

Hannity lost me when he began to make supplication noises to the Liberal cesspool by stating that he was “evolving” on gay marriage. Laura Ingram lost me when she said the Republicans would have to “soften” their stance on abortion. The whole Republican party is going to lose a lot of constituents for abandoning their principles. We don’t need another propoganda outlet for Liberal crap. I considered FOX the only outlet that even aired my positions; although they sometimes gave inordinate time to the Libs. I’d rather be without a political party than to support a bunch of craven cowards.

Bill O’Reilly has always been an expert fence straddler. In pretending to air all sides, he has actually always managed to give more coverage to Liberal ideology on a national scale than they could by themselves. His criticism of Conservatives has always been well-laced with “respect” for Obama and an overriding facination with interviewing him. Does anyone fail to recognize that O’Reilly’s hard-hitting question “ Why do some people hate you?”was a gift to Obama. While O’Reilly is informative for the most part, he actually doesn’t stand for much except himself. He knows better.


27 posted on 12/30/2012 6:45:12 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: SMGFan

Hannity is a toadie for the GOP-e. He kisses Rove’s butt. I’m particularly sickened to how he seems to have more and more black callers to try and convert them by giving them free chit. It’s no different than the Democraps....and he’s wasting his time and money.

Won’t work, Sean. Give it up!


28 posted on 12/30/2012 6:47:59 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: SMGFan

On his radio show, Hannity let’s the libs drone on and on for half of his show. The tv show is shallow and there are too many e-repubicans and liberals. Any time that beckel was on, I turned it off. Rarely watch or listen to him now. I haven’t watched Ted Baxter for a long time.
I think a lot of conservatives have moved on. A lot of us have shed our Lefty friends and acquaintances, redoubled our prepping activities, and continued to strengthen ties with like-minded conservatives and patriots.


29 posted on 12/30/2012 6:48:49 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: CatherineofAragon

LOL! Well said. Haven’t watched FOX, or any TV news here since election night. Greta, O’Reilly and Hannity hold the whole place together, and I can tolerate only Greta because of her guests. Fox has gone moderate left and I have not.

Happy New Year!


30 posted on 12/30/2012 6:51:50 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

LOL! Well said. Haven’t watched FOX, or any TV news here since election night. Greta, O’Reilly and Hannity hold the whole place together, and I can tolerate only Greta because of her guests. Fox has gone moderate left and I have not.

Happy New Year!


31 posted on 12/30/2012 6:52:08 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: SMGFan

I don’t necessarily dislike Hannity. But with a whole depressing year of Romney as candidate, and Hannity’s show constantly bringing in Rove/Morris and their GOP-establishment ilk to cheerlead, it made for nauseating results. For me it wasn’t just Hannity, but the entirity of FoxNews which drove me away. After the 2010 mid-terms, they dropped the tea party, stopped mentioning border/illegals issues, regional grassroots conservative topics, and practically morphed into a totally beltway-centric megaphone for the GOP-E.

I was a bigtime FoxNews viewer from its inception. The channel was pretty much my tv-set’s default position for years. But my viewership dwindled to nothingness during the past two years, as it became so unpalatable. I might still watch a half-hour per week nowadays at most, usually only stopping by the channel when I see appearances of Palin, Malkin, West or a few others of whom I still like to hear input from. But I certainly don’t just leave the network on, like I used to.


32 posted on 12/30/2012 6:52:28 PM PST by greene66
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To: Montanabound

Having The Architect on plus he went all in on amnesty for illegals. I listened from time to time, but never again.


33 posted on 12/30/2012 6:56:01 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: SMGFan

I stopped watching/listening when Hannity called Al Sharpton “my great friend.”


34 posted on 12/30/2012 6:58:26 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Instant Human....Add Coffee)
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To: Montanabound

No doubt having the bastard Rove on kept me away.


35 posted on 12/30/2012 6:58:26 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: oldbill

He talks about the Tea Party a lot, but very seldom has any tea party guest
on. Mainly the GOP Rinos.


36 posted on 12/30/2012 7:01:07 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: SMGFan

Wow. Suprised to see all the criticism of Hannity here. I like Hannity. He’s far more entertaining than Rush, more listenable than GB, and FAR more listenable than that grating self-absorbed rambler Savage.


37 posted on 12/30/2012 7:03:17 PM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: SMGFan

After the election a lot of us were simply pained and angered at the election outcome plus so turned off about it all. Its nothing against Hannity but many just had to shut it off and deflect attention away from the political madness.


38 posted on 12/30/2012 7:04:02 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: SMGFan
I wish he would change his theme song--"Independence Day" is NOT a patriotic tune.

For his new theme song, I would suggest something unique, exciting and "out of the box"--like The Devil is Afraid of Music, Alone at Last, or Charleston Charley.

39 posted on 12/30/2012 7:04:11 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!)
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To: SMGFan
Despite the dip, at the end of the day, Fox News remains the dominent news channel, and will in fact call 2012 one of its best years ever.
40 posted on 12/30/2012 7:04:52 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: greene66
Flashback:

Roger’s Reality Show

Fox News 'course correction' rankles some

41 posted on 12/30/2012 7:05:35 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Jeff Winston

Hannity also told Al Sharpton that he is a great American.

I haven’t listened to him since and I don’t miss his whiny voice.


42 posted on 12/30/2012 7:06:20 PM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Aleya2Fairlie
Laura Ingram lost me when she said the Republicans would have to “soften” their stance on abortion

I never heard that. Say it ain't so, Joe!

43 posted on 12/30/2012 7:06:20 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!)
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To: SMGFan

I refuse to bash a prominent voice who is on our side. Sean Hannity is not perfect but he, by far, has done the most to give conservatives a voice on radio and TV. Levin is a genious and without match as a constitutional scholar. Limbaugh is the most intellectually astute scholar of conservatism and the destructiveness of liberalism in American society. Laura Ingraham is very smart, very witty and always has a logical conservative argument.

Sean studies hard and is well read and has a good memory. He isn’t Rush, Mark or Laura, but he is consistently on the right side on the most critical issues facing our country. He gives us a lot of good information and is very confrontational against the Left. Without him I think Benghazi would have died out quickly, the vetting of Obama would not have gotten the wide airing it got, Sarah Palin’s and Allen West’s voices would have been quite restricted. He did more than anybody to give the GOP Primary candidates ample time to communicate their message and give the conservatives, namely Tea Party leaders a chance to be heard.

Again, Sean is not perfect, but I just don’t understand all the attacks against him.


44 posted on 12/30/2012 7:07:45 PM PST by untwist
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To: suijuris

Agreed. Don’t watch any news shows really.
did like seeing Bob Woodward on his show.
Gretta’s ok if your up late.
Have better things to do than watch news on tv.


45 posted on 12/30/2012 7:07:55 PM PST by Morris70
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To: SMGFan

Never heard an original thought from the guy.


46 posted on 12/30/2012 7:23:15 PM PST by gotribe
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To: SMGFan

Never heard an original thought from the guy.


47 posted on 12/30/2012 7:23:24 PM PST by gotribe
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To: SMGFan

I stopped listening to talk, including Hannity, Rush, Ingraham, Etc after the election. All the endless whining, the childish optimism, and nothing good ever seems to come from it. When I think of Hannity, I think of Joe The Plumber, Dick Morris, and all the other useless crap that hasnt ever won an election, and never will. Frankly, it was easily the most depressing election in my lifetime. I don’t know that a conservative will ever again be elected, and I’m just working on putting away enough resources to make my family truly globally mobile as this country slides into the ditch.


48 posted on 12/30/2012 7:28:40 PM PST by SoDak
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To: SMGFan

A lot of conservatives, including myself, simply stopped watching the news after the election. E
xcept for financial news, I’m still not watching.


49 posted on 12/30/2012 7:30:42 PM PST by STJPII
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To: gotribe

My dad has said the exact same thing.


50 posted on 12/30/2012 7:35:25 PM PST by ReformationFan
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