Hannity and Trump have had each other's ears since the 2016 election, when Hannity openly supported Trump's presidential bid, provided political counseling to the candidate, and even appeared in a pro-Trump ad ahead of the vote.
After years of condemning other members of the media as biased leftists, Fox News' Sean Hannity made a decision 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.
Trump's campaign had billed Hannity as a "special guest" at the rally, but Fox had said that wasn't so, insisting he was merely broadcasting his show from the arena.
"The whole thing is just so embarrassing that this guy basically has free rein to do whatever he wants, and management is either helpless or uninterested in doing anything about it", said one Fox News employee.
This wouldn't be the first time Hannity's antics generated dissent from fellow Fox News workers, and several of Darcy's sources say this incident suggests, once again, that the Fox host is unbeholden to the network's rules. He returned to the White House in the wee hours of the morning after headlining final campaign rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, and planned to spend Election Day at the White House but out of public view. "It's really great when he's with you", Trump said, then beckoning the Fox host to come join him on the stage.
Despite Fox's disavowal, the Trump campaign continued to list Hannity as a guest throughout Monday at the link where people could seek tickets to the event.More news: Apple scales down production of iPhone XR due to low demand
Hannity, who told the audience at Trump's rally that "all these people in the back are fake news", also tweeted today that he was not referring to any of his Fox News colleagues.
Some of Fox News' biggest names, including Hannity, the hosts of "Fox & Friends", and Jeanine Pirro - who also appeared with Trump on stage Monday night - have turned into full-time Trump supporters on television over the past two years. Pirro, a former NY state attorney general who has a weekend show on Fox, spoke after him.
"If the radical Democrats take power, they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and to the future of our country", Trump said, prompting boos from the crowd.
However, in a TV interview on Monday, the United States leader said he wished he had taken a softer tone in his first two years as president.
Trump will tweet about Fox News personalities and segments and is known to frequently talk to Hannity on the phone about his show's monologue. Hannity was made to cancel a 2010 appearance in Cincinnati when it was revealed he was participating in a fundraiser for the Tea Party.
Their appearances caused CNN to question Fox's credibility. In 2016, for instance, he cited unscientific polls on-air after a Fox News executive told network producers that they did not meet the company's editorial standards. "The White House-Fox News nexus has rarely been as evident as tonight in Cape Girardeau", said Philip Rucker, White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, on Twitter.