Fox News calls host appearance with Trump unfortunate

Fox News calls host appearance with Trump unfortunate

Hannity obliged, of course, and during his remarks, gestured to the press pen and said, "By the way, all those people in the back are fake news".

Hannity broadcast his show from the site of the rally Monday, where he exhorted viewers to vote Republican and echoed a Trump campaign theme seen on banners: "Promises made, promises kept".

A network spokesperson pleaded against Hannity taking the stage with the president in a statement on Tuesday.

Whilst Trump's campaign had billed Hannity as a "special guest", Fox News said that this wasn't the case yesterday. He attacked members of the media covering the rally, saying, "By the way, all those people in the back are fake news".

Hannity and the president have had a close bond for years - before the 2016 election, Trump falsely claimed that he had been against the Iraq war and when pressed for evidence of that position, he said that he and Hannity used to have "arguments" about the war.

But Hannity and Pirro appeared to cross a line for Fox News during his appearance at Monday's rally.

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Ironically, Hannity had promised on Monday morning that he would only be interviewing Trump at the Missouri rally, writing, "I will not be on stage campaigning with the President".

But the network statement issued Tuesday did not explain how it was addressed. Here's my account of him being scheduled to do his show from a Tea Party event in Cincinnati in 2010, and Fox News cancelling his appearance after heavy criticism from mainstream media.

"They say we're divisive, but we're not divisive, we're defending an America that has strayed from its founding", he said. Following Hannity's brief remarks, Trump introduced Jeanine Pirro.

This isn't the first time Fox has reprimanded Hannity about his political activities, though as cable news' most popular host, he's arguably just giving the audience what they want. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.

The problem was not so much that Hannity was part of the rally, doing his opening monologue in the hall filled with thousands awaiting the arrival of Trump. "The White House-Fox News nexus has rarely been as evident as tonight in Cape Girardeau", said Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, on Twitter.

Hannity, who considers himself an opinion host and not a traditional journalists, has in the past skirted norms that would typically apply to an editorial employee of a news organization.

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