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Sean Hannity (born December 30, 1961) is a conservative talk show host and television host of Fox News's Hannity show, as well as host of Hannity's America. The youngest of four children, Hannity was allegedly born in New York City to Irish immigrants. He dropped out of college to embark on a radio career, and in 1988 was at a small-town station of WVNN in Huntsville, Alabama. He later broke into a Top 10 market in Atlanta at 640 AM WGST. His national recognition came as an occasional substitute host of the #1 radio show of all-time - The Rush Limbaugh Show.[Citation Needed] Allegedly on his first guest show, he dropped the golden EIB microphone because of a case of high nerves. The attention gained from substitute-hosting the show paved his way to national syndication.

Television

Sean Hannity was asked to join the newly formed Fox News Channel (FNC) in September 1996[1]. He accepted the offer and became co-host with Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes, a prime time one-hour debate-driven talk show focusing on the controversial issues and newsmakers of the day.[2] Today Hannity and Colmes ranks among the leading cable TV news show (just behind Larry King Live and the O'Reilly Factor). Critics contend that the conservative Hannity is given more time to talk than the liberal Colmes. Hannity also has a Sunday show on Fox News, entitled Hannity's America.

Controversy

Hannity angered traditional Catholics with his antagonistic treatment of Father Thomas Euteneuer on March 9, 2007, during which Hannity criticized Fr. Euteneuer for prominent sex scandals in the Catholic Church.[3] After heated remarks by Hannity during the interview, he finally asked the priest, "Wait, would you deny me Communion?" To which Fr. Euteneuer responded, "I would."[4]

Books

Hannity's books use patriotic rhetoric as a main theme. His first book, in 2002, was entitled Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism. The book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 17 weeks.[5] In 2004 he wrote Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism. In this book he "reveals how the disgraceful history of appeasement has reached forward from the days of Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter to corrupt the unrepentant leftists of the modern Democratic Party from Howard Dean and John Kerry to Bill and Hillary Clinton."

Radio

Hannity reaches approximately 12.5 million radio listeners each day, second only behind Rush Limbaugh.[6]

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