Fox News host Sean Hannity told Laura Ingraham on Monday night that he no longer tweets for himself and outsources digital peacekeeping efforts to his staff.
“I gave it up to my staff. I don’t even have access to any of it,” he said of his highly followed social media accounts. He even noted he has to “ask permission” if he wants to tweet anything himself.
Prior to this strategy, Hannity said he would “stay up late, have a couple of cocktails,” and then “start a fight with Humpty Dumpty or Jimmy Kimmel.” (Humpty Dumpty is Hannity’s nickname for Brian Stelter, CNN anchor and chief media correspondent.)
Hannity was known for his online antics and would use his Twitter account to directly confront others in media — including this reporter once. His advice to Ingraham comes after her own Twitter activity has caused advertiser boycotts of her Fox News Show.
Ingraham apologized to Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor David Hogg in 2018 after he called on people to boycott her advertisers because she accused him of whining.
In a prior tweet that quickly went viral, Ingraham said Hogg was “rejected by four colleges to which he applied and whines about it.” Hogg called for advertisers to boycott her, and a number of them — including TripAdvisor, Wayfair and pet-food maker Nutrish — dropped Ingraham.