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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey faced blowback this week as his social media network remained one of the few sites still willing to host content from InfoWars’ Alex Jones, despite his record of hateful speech, conspiracy-mongering, and incitement of threats against others, such as the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
To discuss the decision, Dorsey decided to give a rare media interview — but made the perplexing decision to sit down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
He appeared on Hannity’s radio show, despite the fact that the host doesn’t even consider himself a journalist. He is also a committed Trump partisan and a backer of several baseless conspiracy theories in his own right.
“My colleague @jolingkent at NBC Nightly News has been asking [Dorsey] for an interview for, no joke, five years,” noted NBC reporter Ben Collins. “He’s going on Hannity today. This is getting ridiculous.”
He continued: “We’ll talk through two cups attached by a string. Would really appreciate it if [Dorsey] talked to a journalist who didn’t spend weeks of his show implying Seth Rich was murdered by the DNC.”
“Twitter, for example, decided not to ban Alex Jones or Infowars,” Hannity said at the opening of his show. “Anyway I do have an interview announcement, Jack Dorsey is the CEO of Twitter. I think this is far more difficult, far more nuanced than I think a lot of people imagine. I think that while Facebook and YouTube officials are hiding under their desks not knowing what to do next, I really give Jack Dorsey a lot of credit cause he agreed to come on the program today.”
He added that he didn’t plan on having a “confrontational interview” with Dorsey.