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The Iran crisis

Sean Hannity 'cancelled' Geraldo Rivera after Rivera said he'd urge Trump to show 'restraint' with Iran

Fox News' opinion side is deeply split over President Trump's recent brinksmanship with Iran in Iraq. Anti-interventionist Trump supporters like Tucker Carlson and Geraldo Rivera are sparring — sometimes directly — with bomb-Iran hardliners like Sean Hannity, Pete Hesgeth, and Brian Kilmeade. It's gotten to where liberal pundits at rival network MSNBC are only-half-jokingly suggesting Carlson is now the world's best hope for peace.

On Monday, Rivera tweeted that "supporters of @realDonaldTrump have to have the guts to tell him this war is a stupid idea." And after Iran fired ballistic missiles on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops Tuesday evening, in retaliation for the drone strike Trump ordered on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Rivera said he planned to do just that, "counseling restraint" to Trump via Hannity's show.

Maybe that's not the message Hannity wanted to hear, or perhaps he just landed more exciting guests — like Iran hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Oliver North, who covertly sold missiles to Iran in the 1980s.

In any case, you live in the world you have, not always the one you want, and if nothing else, this Iran crisis is making for some strange bedfellows. Peter Weber