- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News host Sean Hannity Monday night that the left is waging a “war” against the network in order to silence conservative voices.

Mr. Hannity opened his show by decrying “liberal fascism” after he was publicly accused last week of sexual harassment by a former Fox News guest, Debbie Schlussel, who later retracted her story.

“In this fiercely divided and vindictive political climate I will no longer allow slander and lies about me to go unchallenged, as I see a coordinated effort afoot to now silence those with conservative views,” Mr. Hannity said, Mediaite reported.

Mr. Gingrich agreed, saying Democrats have become “unhinged” ever since President Trump won the election.

“There’s a war against Fox News for a practical reason,” he said. “Fox News is the one place where you get reasonably accurate coverage of Donald J. Trump.

“If you’re The New York Times or CBS News or The Washington Post, you would love to live in a world with no Fox News,” he continued. “And so there’s literally a war going on with money being raised to hire lawyers, to set up fights, to do investigations, so you’re a piece of that action. But you’re also a piece of this much broader action that all across America, the fascist left has decided that they have to shut us up because we’re winning the argument and we’re winning elections and things ain’t going the way they thought they would.

“Anybody who is willing to stand up for Trump is a target. Anybody who is willing to stand up for conservatism is a target,” he added. “You’re willing to do both.”

Mr. Gingrich’s comments come amid a shakeup at Fox News after longtime host Bill O’Reilly was ousted for alleged sexual harassment of female colleagues. Mr. O’Reilly has vehemently denied the claims, and said during his new podcast on Monday that the “truth will come out” soon enough.

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