Dylan Beyer, CNN: Sean Hannity Pulls Gun on Juan Williams
Sean Hannity showed Juan Williams his personal carry firearm.
CNN has reported that Hannity threatened Williams with a gun after a heated exchange.
Listen to the language to know the truth. Is Dylan Byers deceptive? If he is deceptive, the language should guide us. If he has been misled by witnesses, his language will show no sensitivity indicators. In order to deceive, intention for deception must exist.
Dylan Byers, one of the media writers at CNN who works for media industry defender Brian Stelter, printed a story on Thursday alleging:
“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.” Byers cited “three sources with knowledge of the incident” to make the claim.
1. Note the number of "sources" as "three." If one is being deceptive and must fabricate a number between 1 and 9, statistically, he is likely to choose 3. We have seen this repeatedly in cases where "3 men broke in" (Charlie Rogers) and "just had 3 boats shooting at us" (Tiffany Hartley's deception about Falcon Lake)
2. Note that the three are "sources" and not "witnesses" or "eye witnesses." This is a subtle point of distance.
3. Note the word "with" puts distance between the "three" and "knowledge."
4. It is "knowledge of the incident" Sean Hannity responded with what happened. We look for the pronoun "I" and past tense verbs for commitment. The key for understanding here is the use of pronouns. Not only must we see him commit by "putting himself, psychologically into the statement" but it will reveal his relationship to Williams. Given the context of "heated argument", this is vital.
“While discussing the issue of firearms, Ishowedmy 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.” 1. We note consistent use of the pronoun "I" 2. We note the complete social introduction of Williams indicating a good relationship. This has three elements: a. name b. title c. possessive pronoun To Hannity, Williams is "my" (+) and "friend", (title, +) with his name. (+) d. "good" is unnecessary, making it sensitive. This is a need to persuade (-) and a negative, in spite of context. The need to emphasize safety precaution is contextual. Note that handling a gun since age "11" means muscle memory of routine. Those with concealed carry permits follow these steps so often that it is without thought. That it has been since age 11, and Hannity is 55 years old, the muscle memory is instinctive. In fact, to alter this procedure would cause disruption and likely pause in the language. There is an overall need to persuade in the statement, which is seen in light of the context of CNN's hostility towards Sean Hannity, his news program, and his support of President Trump. This cannot be ignored because it will influence the language. But what about the "victim" here? What does his language tell us?
“This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way,” Williams said, according to the CNN report. This is an unreliable denial with the emphasis on "total" and "never." "Total" may be in reaction to the CNN report and "never" does not address the specific incident. That which is unreliable is not considered deceptive but is simply put in the category of unreliable meaning, more information is needed. "I was put" is in passive voice, showing a sense of lack of control. This is a point where Williams should be asked if, at the time of the incident, if he carried a weapon or was familiar with a weapon. It may be that Williams was, in fact, uncomfortable, even with a side arm demonstration. As they differ strongly in issues, the right to bear arms may be one of them. This statement may indicate a level of discomfort for Williams. We still need more information: “It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.” Pronouns do not lie. They are instinctive and even in carefully chosen statements, tweets, emails, etc, the choice of pronoun is always noted. "my safety" shows that Williams is taking ownership of safety, as he ascribes this to "Sean" (first name, casual), which tells us that Williams, even if he dislikes guns, did not feel in danger. But it is the next pronoun that brings us to finality: "...we continue to be great friends." Even with "great" over "good", the pronoun "we" indicates unity and cooperation. When we find someone needing to persuade of a "great friendship", we find the absence of this unifying pronoun, Analysis Conclusion: The weakness and distancing language in the article by Dylan Beyer tells us: Beyer was deceptively writing in an attempt to discredit Sean Hannity. It is "fake news." The statements by Hannity and Williams reveals that Hannity did not threaten nor endanger Williams while showing him his side arm. For training in deception detection: www.hyattanalysis.com for at home training, seminars and live, ongoing monthly training. Tuition payment plans available for Law Enforcement Officials.