Fox News Calls Sean Hannity’s Appearance at Trump Rally an ‘Unfortunate Distraction’

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Fox offered no details on what it meant by "addressed".

Fox News issues a statement on Sean Hannity appearing on stage with President Donald Trump at a Monday night rally.

The Fox host then went into full campaign mode, declaring, "Mr. President the one thing that has defined your presidency more than anything else: promises made, promises kept" - the tautology has been one of Trump's campaign slogans looking forward to 2020.

"I love these rallies", Limbaugh said, bringing up Hillary Clinton so he could hear a raucous "lock her up" cheer. "Something I have done in every election in the past".

But during the rally Trump called Hannity to the stage after saying, "they're very special, they've done an incredible job for us". "We were all told Hannity was going to interview the President, but no one that I spoke with expected what happened last night".

But in my worst fears about what that would look like and how it might affect our democracy, I never thought I would see what I did Monday night on Fox News, starting with the propaganda performance of Sean Hannity. "It is Fake News". Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, for example was defeated although he had embraced Trump, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.

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"I want to thank everybody for the way you behaved, that was beautiful" said the president, "hopefully she'll be ok".

Hannity addressed his comments via Twitter on November 6.

"What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful".

A network spokesperson pleaded against Hannity taking the stage with the president in a statement on Tuesday. "This was NOT planned". They indeed are fake news. He wrote, "To be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks. They do unbelievable work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals".

"Can you imagine Don Lemon campaigning for Stacey Abrams?" You can read my column on it here. Hannity tweeted earlier "in spite of reports", he was just doing a live show and "will not be on stage campaigning with the President".

It is unusual for journalists and on-air commentators to participate in campaign rallies. Alisyn Camerota, herself a former Fox News reporter, wondered aloud if Fox could even still be called a "news organization". In 2010, he was ordered not to broadcast his program as part of a Tea Party rally originating from Cincinnati.

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