Across all of cable news, anchors have figured out various ways to perform — or not perform — the stunt known as the top-of-the-hour handoff. When Chris Hayes hands off to Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, for instance, mutual wonky respect prevails. When Brooke Baldwin hands off to Jake Tapper on CNN, you’ll hear a little small talk, a little news talk. Fox News anchors Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity “don’t speak,” according to a book on Fox News chief Roger Ailes, so there was* no handoff.
Perhaps MSNBC host Ronan Farrow should consider withholding the handoff for a week or two, as this very painful Huffington Post video collection all but argues. Warning: You’ll want to watch this video, once.
*Correction: Original version said “there’s no handoff,” referencing the period when O’Reilly directly preceded Hannity. Since last fall, he has led into “The Kelly File.” Apologies.
'O’Reilly and Sean Hannity “don’t speak”…so there’s no handoff’ sez @ErikWemple Another reason: O’Reilly hands off to Megyn, not Hannity.
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) March 31, 2014