FLASHBACK: Hannity Not A Fan Of "Nitwit," "Phony," "Full Of Crap" New Fox Employee Howard KurtzJune 20, 2013 3:31 PM EDT ››› BEN DIMIERO
Fox News earlier today announced the hiring of CNN media reporter Howard Kurtz. In a press release announcing the move, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente labeled Kurtz "the most accomplished media reporter in the country." But not everyone at the network is as enamored with Kurtz.
In April, Kurtz criticized Fox News for airing an interview of George W. Bush by his former press secretary (and current Fox employee) Dana Perino. Hannity responded by lashing out at the "liberal" Kurtz and referring to his long-running CNN program Reliable Sources as "Unreliable Liberal Sources." He continued: "I don't like him. He's full of crap. He thinks he's a sanctimonious, self-righteous, phony establishment journalist."
HANNITY: And then you got this liberal Howie Kurtz, he has the show "Unreliable Liberal Sources," he got demoted and kicked out of the Washington Post, and critical of you, I mean --
PERINO: I was a little bit surprised by the criticism because I think I've always been really nice to Howie --
HANNITY: He's a nitwit.
PERINO: I like him very much.
HANNITY: I don't like him. He's full of crap. He thinks he's a sanctimonious, self-righteous, phony establishment journalist.
PERINO: Are you defending me or wanted to --
HANNITY: I'm defending you over him.