The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
There is a very simple process for requesting an interview with President Obama, if you happen to be Hannity.
"You call, they laugh; you call back, and they laugh again," says the 51-year-old pundit, laughing a bit himself. "I would ask him questions that no one else would have the courage to ask him." But the married father of two does not need an interview with the president to stay part of the political dialogue.
Although his nightly Fox News show's ratings have dipped since the 2012 election -- in the first quarter, Hannity fell behind fellow Fox broadcast The Five to No. 3 on cable news -- his still-robust 1.9 million viewers continue to give him a wide margin of victory over his direct competitor, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. (CNN's Piers Morgan is a distant third.)
And on the subject of CNN, Hannity is quick to admit that it's still possible to relaunch and rebrand a cable network in 2013's complicated media landscape, but Jeff Zucker, in his mind, is falling short. "There is a way, but I'm not going to tell them how to do it," he says. "They don't get it."
PROUDEST MOMENT: "I'd like to say helping to win the election, but I really can't bring that up, can I?"