Fox News Calls Sean Hannity Campaign Appearance ‘Unfortunate Distraction’

Media storylines heading into the midterms

TONIGHT, 9:00pm ET: Hannity One-on-One With President Trump on Election Eve

President Donald Trump wrapped up a pell-mell final week of campaigning Monday night in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, rallying support for Republican Josh Hawley's challenge to Democratic Sen.

Cape Girardeau, MO - President Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Monday night, November 5.

Fox, controlled by Trump ally Rupert Murdoch and often praised by the president, said it was wrong for one of its journalists to become part of a political event.

"FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events".

'This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed'.

This wouldn't be the first time Hannity's antics generated dissent from fellow Fox News workers, and several of Darcy's sources say this incident suggests, once again, that the Fox host is unbeholden to the network's rules. Fox News' Jeanine Pirro appeared onstage with the president as well, as did veteran talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

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

He clarified his remarks in a tweet on Tuesday, writing: 'To be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks.

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As shameless as that kind of partisan cheerleading is for a channel with "news" in its title, I would not be writing this column if that was all Hannity and Fox News did Monday.

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

Hannity has done that in the past, interviewing Trump at the site of rallies, sometimes with the crowd listening in.

In a message that was heard loud and clear by opponents as well as supporters, President Trump urged voters Monday to act as if he was on the ballot for the midterm elections.

Hannity's rally appearance was not broadcast on Fox. 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.

Lee Greenwood, who sings the song "God Bless the United States of America", the song Mr. Trump usually uses during his entrance, sang.

The network is generally sympathetic to the Trump administration and a safe place for the president to have his views heard. 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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