Hannity's Fox News show airs opposite Cooper on CNN, so it may have just been a total coincidence that the two men were basically slinging mud at one another across networks at the same exact time Wednesday night, but maybe not. While Hannity was tearing apart Cooper's "60 Minutes" interview with Stormy Daniels, comparing the silver fox to Jerry Springer, Cooper was taking aim at Fox News for Hannity purportedly being Michael Cohen's "secret" third client.
Cooper brought the topic up during a panel segment on his show. "In the two days that have elapsed since the president's lawyer Michael Cohen was forced to reveal in court that the mystery client he tried to keep secret was, in fact, Sean Hannity, the consequences have been swift," he said.
"Fox News did what any respectable news organization would do when faced with the knowledge that one of its anchors had gone on the air time after time after time to breathlessly report on someone without disclosing his own personal connection to the story." Cooper let that beat sit for a moment before cracking with a smirk, "I'm kidding. They don't care. They didn't care."
Instead the network released a statement saying, "We have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support." Calling it a "doozy of a conflict of interest," Cooper then went on to discuss what he considered an even more damning conflict: Hannity's ongoing and frequent communications with Trump, with one adviser saying he "basically has a desk" in the White House, as reported in The Washington Post.
Meanwhile over on Fox News, Sean Hannity started by describing CNN in general as experiencing a "dramatic collapse." He then laid a lot of this at the feet of Cooper, saying the situation "makes more sense when you consider their chief anchor, Anderson Cooper, acts more like Jerry Springer than a newscaster."
He then played a clip of Cooper's questions about Daniels' sexual encounter with Donald Trump spliced together with various clips from "The Jerry Springer Show" where he was asking his guests about their sexual exploits.
When he threw to one of his guests to discuss the comparison, radio personality Larry Elder jokingly disclosed that though Hannity had never sought legal advice from him, they did share a car once. Hannity then threw up his arms on faux shock that he'd failed to disclose that, confirming Cooper's assertion that neither he nor his network take the conflict seriously.
Hannity later teased that he has a "big investigative report" coming of all the so-called left-wing journalists who didn't disclose their potential conflicts of interest. Maybe Anderson Cooper will be in that story? If so, that could spur this battle beyond their shows, as the Kimmel v Hannity war erupted across Twitter for several days.
So far, both men in this brewing feud have stayed quiet on their respective feeds. Perhaps they don't even know the other one was firing shots, as they were both on the attack at the same time. We'll just have to keep the popcorn handy and stay tuned!