CNN’s Stelter Calls Out Hannity Over Trump Rally Appearance: ‘He Was There to Campaign!’


CNN’s Brian Stelter spoke with Brooke Baldwin this afternoon about the big media story on election day: Sean Hannity appearing at President Donald Trump‘s final rally of the midterms season.

Hannity, who directly stated yesterday “I will not be on stage campaigning with the President,” ended up on stage campaigning with the President. After the criticism, Fox News said this “unfortunate distraction” had been “addressed” and Hannity put out this statement today:

Stelter said none of this was that big of a surprise, given how he was specifically “promoted as a special guest.”

“Everybody knew the campaign was promoting his appearance there,” he told Baldwin. “Fox tried to distance itself from the campaign… but then obviously, as we all saw, he got up there on stage, he reveled in the attention, he was taking pictures and shaking hands. He was there to campaign!”

Stelter noted that while Hannity isn’t a journalist, “he works at a channel with ‘news’ in the name” and now Fox sort of trying to “chastise” him, but look SH & Pirro were on stage campaigning for Trump, Pirro’s been holding fundraisers all year, Fox “trying to have it both ways,” I know Hannity’s not a journalist but “he works at a channel with ‘news’ in the name” and his campaigning crossed a few lines.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported today on some of the really negative reactions from within Fox News to Hannity’s actions. As Stelter put it, people there are troubled by the “erosion of standards at Fox News.”

Baldwin concluded by remarking, “It’s like just in case you thought there was any bit of daylight between that other channel and this White House––barely exists.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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