Fox News ‘Doesn’t Condone’ Hannity & Pirro Campaigning With Trump

Geraldine Edwards
November 9, 2018

The Fox News employees all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

"Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well".

"To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President", tweeted Hannity on Monday morning.

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

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Hannity, the channel's most popular personality, had insisted all day that he wouldn't campaign, before appearing on the podium in a Missouri arena after being called to the stage by Trump. In 2016, for instance, he cited unscientific polls on-air after a Fox News executive told network producers that they did not meet the company's editorial standards.

"I don't know that there will be much of an appetite for Democrat lawmakers to spend all of their time, or most of their time or even a fraction of their time investigating, instigating, trying to impeach and subpoena people", said Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

"Either Fox News lied all day about their direct collaboration with the Trump campaign, or the network simply doesn't have any control over Sean Hannity", said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, which has urged an advertiser boycott of Hannity in the past. "They do wonderful work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and it is an honor to work with such great professionals".

"Do you like the fact that we are now in the longest, strongest economic growth streak in American history?"

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"Who does he think he's fooling by saying he had no idea he was going to be invited up there?"

Trump and Hannity briefly spoke to each other before the rally during the latter's 9 p.m. show. Rep. Ryan Costello, a Republican from Pennsylvania who announced his retirement earlier this year, tweeted his displeasure: "To deal w harassment & filth spewed at GOP MOC's in tough seats every day for 2 yrs, bc of POTUS; to bite ur lip more times you'd care to; to disagree & separate from POTUS on principle & civility in ur campaign; to lose bc of POTUS & have him piss on u".

The rally begins at 9:00 p.m. CST.

Hannity was rebuked by Fox in 2010 when it found that the Tea Party had advertised Hannity would be appearing at one of its fundraising rallies, where participants could pay a premium for seats near the set where Hannity was broadcasting his program.

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"The whole thing is just so embarrassing that this guy basically has free rein to do whatever he wants, and management is either helpless or uninterested in doing anything about it", one Fox News employee told CNN. In 2016, the network said Hannity was prohibited from appearing in promotions for the then-candidate after appearing in a campaign ad. Another Fox News personality, Jeanine Pirro, also appeared onstage with the president. Hannity described his role as that of an "advocacy journalist" during an interview in 2017. Fox reporter Kristin Fisher, who tweeted a copy of Fox's statement Tuesday, was covering the rally. This was around the time that a connection between Hannity and attorney Michael Cohen was made public. The site also reported in June 2018 that Pirro and President Trump speak frequently over the phone.

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