Fox News criticizes Hannity for Trump rally appearance

Fox News on Tuesday issued a statement saying it “does not condone” the participation of show hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro in President Trump’s Monday night campaign rally in Missouri. “This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed,” the statement said, not detailing what consequences the pundits were handed.

Before the rally, the network and Hannity alike insisted he was there in a journalistic capacity, but at the event he went up on stage with Trump and, pointing to the journalists present, told the crowd:

“By the way, all those people in the back are fake news.” Hannity said in a tweet midday Tuesday his appearance on stage was “NOT planned.”

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