Newt Gingrich told Fox News host Sean Hannity that leftists have declared a “war” against the Fox network and other news media in an effort to silence conservatives. His comments came just days after the departure of Fox network’s most popular figure, Bill O’Reilly, in the wake of news that he and Fox settled with several women who had accused him of improprieties.
When he opened his show on Monday night, Hannity denounced what he called “liberal fascism” in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment made by Debbie Schlussel. She has since retracted her story. He called it “a well-orchestrated effort by the intolerant left in this country that is designed to silence every conservative voice and by any means necessary.”
In a statement he released earlier this week, Hannity wrote: “In this fiercely divided and vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views.”
Speaking to Hannity, Gingrich said that Democrats have become “unhinged” ever since President Trump’s electoral victory. “There’s a war against Fox News for a practical reason,” the former Speaker of the House said. “Fox News is the one place where you get reasonably accurate coverage of Donald J. Trump.”
Gingrich said, “If you’re The New York Times or CBS News or The Washington Post, you would love to live in a world with no Fox News.” He continued, “And so there’s literally a war going on with money being raised to hire lawyers, to set up fights, to do investigations, so you’re a piece of that action. But you’re also a piece of this much broader action that all across America, the fascist left has decided that they have to shut us up because we’re winning the argument and we’re winning elections and things ain’t going the way they thought they would.”