The Fox News host says that he turned down the award due to a scheduling conflict – but that excuse makes no sense.
William F. Buckley – the namesake of the award – was the founder of National Review – an intellectual conservative magazine that to this day has tried to distance itself from the conservatism promoted on right-wing outlets such as Fox News and Breitbart.
Conservative writers like Bret Stephens lambasted the Media Research Center’s decision to award a political commentator such as Hannity – who has all but abandoned his conservative principles in his vigorous defense of President Donald Trump.CNN reported that the Media Research Center allowed Hannity to save face by saying that a scheduling conflict led to his name being removed from the gala’s itinerary.
Christopher Buckley laughed at the excuse in a statement to CNN.
‘Perhaps Mr. Hannity has been offered the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award on the same evening and had decided to leverage upwards’ he joked.