Fox News Calls Sean Hannity Campaign Appearance ‘Unfortunate Distraction’

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The cable news network released a statement that admitted having one of their hosts get up on stage with Trump the day before Election Day wasn't exactly journalist-y. Fox reporter Kristin Fisher, who tweeted a copy of Fox's statement today, was covering the rally. "Something I have done in every election in the past".

But Trump called him to the stage after saying, "they're very special, they've done an incredible job for us".

Hannity had done his show as part of a Trump spectacle before in September at a rally in Las Vegas when the president was launching his prime-time media effort to win Senate confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"Do we love Sean, by the way?" Trump has falsely claimed that millions of illegal votes were cast in 2016, which he says deprived him of a victory in the popular vote, and has stoked concerns, without providing evidence, of rampant fraudulent voting.

"There isn't a single elected official in either party who can do what this is tonight", said Limbaugh, waving an outstretched hand over the crowd, clearly referring to Trump's unique ability to generate enthusiasm and energy in ways that polls have failed to measure properly in the past.

"I want to thank everybody for the way you behaved, that was beautiful" said the president, "hopefully she'll be ok".

Who knew that would look like the good old days with Fox News giving at least lip service in 2010 to the standard that a news channel should not abandon all notion of balance to become the propaganda arm of a political movement? The president professes it is favorite news network and it has even been a launching pad for careers in the administration.

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Their speeches weren't televised on Fox News, but were seen on C-SPAN.

Trump then asked Jeanine Pirro to speak.

As race calls stream in from the Fox News Decision Desk, viewers will see live updates on the projections for the balance of power in Congress.

"FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed".

Hannity hugged the president when he came onstage and, after echoing Trump's traditional epithets about the media, recited some economic statistics.

"What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful". This was NOT planned.

A Fox News spokesperson didn't respond to requests for comment Monday night about Hannity's appearance at the rally, which was one of the clearest demonstrations yet of the cozy relationship between the network and the Trump White House.

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