Hannity to no longer receive Buckley award after pushback: report

Fox News's Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center’s (MRC) William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence after Buckley's son expressed disapproval, CNN reported on Friday.

Christopher Buckley reportedly called the MRC expressing “great dismay” at the announcement that the award would go to Hannity, who regularly insults conservatives who don't support President Trump.

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MRC leadership discussed allowing Hannity to avoid embarrassment by claiming a scheduling conflict prevented him from accepting the award, CNN said.

“Hey Fake News Jake, I was offered an award, I was unable to attend, and I respectfully turned it down,” Hannity tweeted in response to the article.

He added that Buckley's family and other anti-Trump conservatives never told him they opposed him getting the award, saying the only award he truly cares about is serving his audience and "saving the USA." 

After the initial announcement that Hannity would receive the media award, many conservative writers expressed disapproval. Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens wrote a column criticizing the move as evidence of a trend toward anti-intellectualism in the conservative movement.

“If we have reached the point where rank-and-file conservatives see nothing amiss with giving Hannity an award named for Buckley, then surely there’s a Milton Friedman Prize awaiting Steve Bannon for his insights on free trade. And maybe Sean Spicer can receive the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent for his role in exposing 'fake news,' " Stephens wrote. “The floor’s the limit. Or, in Hannity’s case, the crawl space beneath it.”