He was gracious with his time and I've transcribed most of the 26-minute interview, which we will run in its entirety online tomorrow. But I thought I'd highlight a couple of paragraphs here.
Hannity will be in Atlanta Wednesday for one of the hundreds of "tea parties" planned across the country to protest the bailouts, stimulus, the Obama administration's tax policies and the general trend away from conservative values in this country.
UPDATE: The full interview on our main site.
TELEGRAPH: Let's talk about the media for a minute. This maybe is a personal pet peeve of mine. How come amazingly popular guys in the media are always saying the media is ignoring things?
HANNITY: (Laughs). Because we are the alternative media.
TELEGRAPH: You're the No. 2 talk show host in the country. You're not that alternative.
HANNITY: Well, but we're alternative in as much as — people are scratching their heads all the time, 'Well why is talk radio and the Fox News Channel successful?" If it wasn't filling a void, and it was the same old media... I don't think we would have the viewership or the listenership that we have. ... I would argue that most of the nation's newspapers are standardly liberal. You look at the last campaign and I first interviewed Jeremiah Wright in March of 2007. ... It was about a year later that it became a big issue. Same thing with Bill Ayers. When I discovered that issue we stayed on that pretty hard and it was months later that the rest of the media kind of picked up on it. So I would argue that we're doing things and covering stories that they ignore on a regular basis. I would argue that conservatives are not typically the people that go to protests. They're busy working hard. ... And for them to want to get politically active (with these tea parties), I think, shows a heightened level of concern that I think is fairly unprecedented.