Fox News 'Does Not Condone' Hannity, Pirro Participation in Trump Rally

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Still, its political coverage is solidly pro-Trump, and it's doubtful that any viewers were surprised to see Hannity embracing the president.

Fox News has said it does not condone any of its journalists appearing in a campaign event, hours after prime-time host Sean Hannity spoke at President Donald Trump's final rally before the midterm election.

Whilst Trump's campaign had billed Hannity as a "special guest", Fox News said that this wasn't the case yesterday. "This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed", a Fox spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

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On Monday evening, Donald Trump did his final campaign rally, during which he brought up both Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh onto the stage to help speechify things before the midterms.

Hannity, cable news' most popular personality and a vocal Trump defender, has twice been publicly rebuked by Fox for campaign activity. "This was NOT planned". In the past, Hannity has said that he's a talk show host, not a journalist.

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And to add insult to injury, Hannity referred to media in the room - including Fox News employees - as "fake news". "They do awesome work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals", he tweeted Monday. But in an interview with The New York Times a year ago, he said he was a journalist, more specifically an advocacy or opinion journalist.

Trump then asked Jeanine Pirro to speak.

What was so disgusting about Fox News on Monday night was the way Hannity operated straight out of the propaganda handbook using techniques to mock and vilify opponents that had been used by the publicity machines of fascist leaders since the 1930s in Europe during the early days of electronic mass communications. Hannity hugged Trump and, after lobbing his crowd-pleasing insult at the media, recited economic statistics.

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That talking point was repeated regularly throughout the rest of the night on Fox News - accepted and repeated mainly because Trump said it. "We're driving them insane". The newspaper quoted Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch as saying, "I don't think we should be supporting the Tea Party or any other party". That is what one Fox News staffer told CNN.

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