Sean Hannity Bickers At Joe Scarborough After Criticism On Assange Interview

Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity speaks during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Two modest cable news egos were at each other’s throats Friday.

It started after MSNBC’s Joe Scarbough called President-elect Donald Trump “dead wrong on Russia,” and said Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s interview with Julian Assange was “repulsive.”

Hannity, naturally, took to Twitter to respond, in part by accusing Scarborough of secretly gunning for a job at his network.

What ensued was an exemplar of restraint and respect.

Butting into a discussion between Scarborough and Hillary Clinton’s campaign press secretary, Brian Fallon, Hannity accused Scarborough of betraying journalistic integrity, conservatism, and his employer.

Hannity also seemed to be responding to comments Scarborough made on the “Morning Joe” broadcast Friday morning, when he called Hannity’s recent interview with Wikileaks founder a “bromance” and “repulsive.”

Hannity also mentioned Scarborough’s appearance at Donald Trump’s New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Scarborough has said he was there to arrange an interview with Trump.

Hannity then re-tweeted well-wishers:

So far, Scarborough has not fired back.

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