Fox News Calls Sean Hannity’s Trump Appearance an ‘Unfortunate Distraction’

New details on President Trump’s Monday rally in Cape Girardeau

Fox News scolded its top star, Sean Hannity, after he appeared alongside President Donald Trump onstage at a campaign rally and referred to the press corps as "fake news".

The Fox News host said he would "not be on stage campaigning with the President" shortly before he took the stage to campaign with the President.

Fox called Hannity's rally appearance an "unfortunate distraction" that has been addressed.

While Trump was in Missouri to stump for Senate candidate Josh Hawley, the rally was largely about him.

Rejecting any hint of a setback, President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked members of his own party who were defeated in the midterm elections after distancing themselves from him and suggested that the Republicans' loss of a House majority could turn out to be "extremely good" for him politically.

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". Hannity posted, "When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president's request". "This was NOT planned". Hannity tweeted earlier "in spite of reports", he was just doing a live show and "will not be on stage campaigning with the President".

The rally was held at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

"What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful".

In a message that was heard loud and clear by opponents as well as supporters, President Trump urged voters Monday to act as if he was on the ballot for the midterm elections. "They do fantastic work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and It is an honor to work with such great professionals", he tweeted Monday.

Fox News canceled a planned Sean Hannity appearance at a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati in 2010. The response was that Hannity is "an opinion talk-show host". But in an interview with The New York Times a year ago, he said he was a journalist, more specifically an advocacy or opinion journalist.

Since then, Fox opinion personalities have doubled down on their support of Trump. Angelo Carusone of Democratic watchdog group Media Matters for America proposed a celebrity-enhanced attack campaign to punish Fox News for its partisanship.

Trump said that "we don't mean at all to insult - look at the size of the media back there".

"They're very special - they've done an incredible job for us".

"People throughout the company think a new line was crossed", one employee of the network told CNN.

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