'This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed'.
Most media companies very clearly state that journalists can not publicly endorse a political candidate or donate to campaigns.
Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 percent said they voted to express support for Trump.
Hannity and Pirro - two of the network's most fervent fans of the president - both bounded on stage after Trump invited them to join him at his final rally before the midterm elections.
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The problem was not so much that Hannity was part of the rally, doing his opening monologue in the hall filled with thousands awaiting the arrival of Trump.
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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".
News organizations are not supposed to endorse candidates, and while Fox is generally considered a right-wing news organization, it always strived to be perceived as more news organization than right-wing. "I'm aghast as are a number of other people". "And the one thing that has made and defined your presidency more than anything else: Promises made, promises kept". The president professes it is favorite news network and it has even been a launching pad for careers in the administration.
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. Trump often tweets his support of its shows and makes appearances on the network.
"Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed".
On Tuesday, Hannity was back on Twitter denying that his onstage appearance in any way contradicted his earlier statement that he would not be onstage - because it was unplanned.