Sean Hannity is joining Donald Trump on the campaign trail — and his colleagues don’t seem too keen about it.
Fox News has addressed Hannity’s onstage appearance with Trump at yesterday’s rally in Missouri, calling the appearance “an unfortunate distraction.” According to a network spokesperson, Fox News “does not condone any talent participating in campaign events.” They had this to add:
We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”
Twenty-four hours ago Hannity tweeted that he would not be “on stage campaigning with the president” — but clarified the statement he made on stage last night about the “fake news media,” preaching that he did not mean to include his Fox News colleagues and employer in that remark. Essentially, Hannity tried differentiating between Fox News and “fake news,” despite delivering fake news of his own about his appearance.
To be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks. They do amazing work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 6, 2018
Regardless of his words, Hannity did appear at Trump’s rally, in line with the Trump campaign’s press release and contrary to his previous statements.
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