Fox News contributor Juan Williams took to Twitter Thursday night to blast CNN for a “sensationalized” gun story about Sean Hannity.
CNN’s Dylan Byers published “Sources: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams” Thursday evening, which covers an October 2016 incident between the two men. Multiple sources said that a gun was brandished and a laser sight pointed at Mr. Williams’ body, which caused complaints to Fox News executives. Both Fox stars downplayed the event in statements released to CNN and on social media.
“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way,” Mr. Williams said on Twitter, echoing an earlier statement to the network. “It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”
A Fox News spokesperson told CNN that its legal and human resources departments found “that no one was put in any danger” during the encounter.
“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,” Mr. Hannity’s statement to CNN read. “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.”
The Fox star also chastised the competing network via Twitter.
“@CNN fake news lies. Juan is one of my best friends. Love u my friend,” he said.
“I stand by my reporting, Juan. Every word. 110%,” Mr. Byers responded.
(1/2) This incident is being sensationalized – everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) March 17, 2017
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