Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Fox News hosts Hannity, Pirro join Trump onstage at campaign rally

Fox News hosts Hannity, Pirro join Trump onstage at campaign rally

For a grand finale to his campaign blitz Monday night, President Trump invited his advisers, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, and Trump's favorite Fox News pundits, Sean Hannity and Judge Jeanine Pirro, on stage in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to sing his praises. Fox News host Sean Hannity, who interviewed Mr. Trump back stage, came out on stage and said "those people in the back are fake news".

"FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events", Fox News spokesperson Carly Shanahan said in a statement to TPM.

Fox called it an "unfortunate distraction" that has been addressed.

Hannity, cable news' most popular personality and a vocal Trump defender, has twice been publicly rebuked by Fox for campaign activity.

Although Hannity promised in a tweet not to campaign with the president, he appeared on stage with Trump at the rally.

He said later on Twitter he was not referring to Fox News journalists, maintaining that "they do fantastic work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way".

"While we often hear that all politics is local, there's just no getting away from the fact that Trump's policies are on the ballot", said host Laura Ingraham on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" during her opening monologue, in which she focused on protecting and preserving America's and Americans' future.

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Most media companies very clearly state that journalists can not publicly endorse a political candidate or donate to campaigns.

'By the way, all those people in the back are fake news, ' Hannity told the crowd of Trump supporters, resulting in boos from the audience.

It was an extraordinary scene after the news network had worked Monday to establish distance between Hannity and the campaign.

Their appearances caused CNN to question Fox's credibility.

As race calls stream in from the Fox News Decision Desk, viewers will see live updates on the projections for the balance of power in Congress.

"They do wonderful work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way", he said on Twitter.

While Fox News had no immediate comment on Hannity campaigning with Trump at Monday night's rally, the network had previously spoken out when Hannity appeared in a 2016 Trump ad. There has also been a close connection between its staff and the White House, with former Fox News executive Bill Shine taking on the role of communications director earlier this year.

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