Both Juan Williams and Sean Hannity are calling out CNN writer Dylan Byers for his story alleging Hannity once pulled a gun on Williams after a heated debate, citing “three sources with knowledge of the incident.” But the two guys involved in the incident said Byers is peddling fake news.
On Thursday, Byers wrote:
“Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams… He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)”
Fox News investigated the incident and determined no one was put in danger. Hannity defended himself, saying:
“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only. Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”
Williams wrote on Twitter, “This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.”
“It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends,” he added.
But getting that information straight from the horse’s mouth didn’t matter to Byers, who proclaimed on Twitter, “I stand by my reporting, Juan. Every word. 110%.” He said the same thing to Hannity.
In response, Hannity said, “Fake news hack. Of course u do. Lol. It’s not true. Unless u r calling me and Juan liars. Shocking from “White Lash” network.”