Fox News Calls Sean Hannity’s Campaign Appearance with Trump ‘An Unfortunate Distraction’

So much for unbaised journalism?

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After years of condemning other members of the media as biased leftists, Fox News’ Sean Hannity decided to abandon any illusion that he’s “fair and balanced” on Monday night when he appeared on stage with President Donald Trump at a rally in Missouri.

As Hannity took the stage, he hugged the president and pointed to the reporters in the back, saying, “By the way, all those people in the back are fake news.”

The Fox host then went into full campaign mode, declaring, “Mr. President the one thing that has defined your presidency more than anything else: promises made, promises kept” — the tautology has been one of Trump’s campaign slogans looking forward to 2020.

Here’s the clip of Hannity’s appearance:

And Hannity wasn’t the only Fox host to take the stage to fawn over the president. Jeanine Pirro also campaigned with the president, shouting to the crowd, “Do you like the fact that [Trump] is the tip of the spear who goes out there every day and fights for us?”

In a statement to IJR, a Fox spokesperson said:

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

The network also directed us to a pair of tweets by Hannity that were sent on Tuesday.

Ironically, Hannity had promised on Monday morning that he would only be interviewing Trump at the Missouri rally, writing, “I will not be on stage campaigning with the President.”

While Trump was in Missouri to stump for Senate candidate Josh Hawley, the rally was largely about him. His support from the conservative pundits was more notable than anything the president said about Hawley. The New York Times noted that Hawley was given only five minutes to speak while right-wing radio jockey Rush Limbaugh was given ten minutes.

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.

Since Trump has entered the Oval Office, they’ve become even closer. They talk on the phone nearly every night, according to a New York Magazine story and sometimes they chat multiple times a day.

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