Fox News rebukes Hannity and Pirro for Trump rally appearance

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Hannity also mimicked one of the lines that Trump frequently delivers at rallies: He pointed toward the press in the back of the room and called them "fake news".

Fox News, with its conservative-leaning talk shows, some of which are unabashedly pro-Trump like Hannity's, has long had a unique relationship with the Trump administration. A spokesperson for Fox News said the network had addressed the "unfortunate distraction", but did not reveal whether the two commentators were disciplined.

President Trump is holding his final midterm rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, just nine hours before the polls open in the state.

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 in my worst fears about what that would look like and how it might affect our democracy, I never thought I would see what I did Monday night on Fox News, starting with the propaganda performance of Sean Hannity.

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

"Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events", Fox News said in a statement obtained by EW.

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One of Sam's friends, Jimmy Galvin, who was present at the party, described the event as a "red wine appreciation night". Katie applied to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2016 and Sam was granted a AUD $492,000 package.

Fox News would not comment on how the situation was 'addressed, ' or provide any information about Hannity's actions beyond its initial public comment. He spoke briefly on camera with Trump at the end of the show.

"I had no idea you were going to invite me up here", Hannity said. "They've been with us from the beginning". He was followed by another Fox News host, Jeanine Pirro, both of whom gave remarks from the lectern backing the president.

Their appearances caused CNN to question Fox's credibility. A Fox spokeswoman said she didn't know how that impression had been created. Having the news network's most popular personality stumping for the candidate would have been an eye-opening step beyond that, however.

It's not clear, however, whether Hannity was sanctioned or not. "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 also blasted "most in the media" for being "absolutely clueless", echoing his "fake news" media rant when he was on stage with Trump in Missouri.

That seemed to be a good enough explanation for his employers over at Fox News, who issued a statement on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

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