Fox News staffers express outrage over Sean Hannity’s rally appearance – CNN
New York (CNN) Fox News journalists were outraged and disgusted after Sean Hannity, the network’s star host, campaigned with President Donald Trump on Monday night ahead of the midterm elections, more than half a dozen employees told CNN Business.
“People throughout the company think a new line was crossed,” one senior Fox News employee told CNN Business on Tuesday. “It disturbs me to my core,” said another senior Fox News employee, who added, “I am so f—ing mad.” “We were all told that Hannity was going to interview the president, but no one that I spoke with expected what happened last night,” added a third senior Fox News employee. “I’m aghast as are a number of other people.” The Fox News employees all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Read More 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. Some, like Hannity, Pirro and Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs, reportedly even act as unofficial advisers to Trump at times. But Monday night’s rally crossed a new line, making explicit what had long been implicit. The Trump campaign had promoted Hannity over the weekend as a “special guest” at Trump’s final rally before Tuesday’s midterm election. But a Fox News spokesperson told CNN Business and other news outlets soon after that Hannity would simply be at the rally in Missouri to broadcast his show and cover the event for the network. Hannity offered an identical message in a Monday morning tweet, saying, “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president.” Yet just hours later, Hannity and Pirro were both on stage with Trump, energizing the Republican base ahead of Election Day. After having expressly denied that he would be campaigning on stage with the President, the first move from Hannity when he walked on stage was to slam members of the media stationed at the back of the auditorium as “fake news,” apparently not realizing — or caring — that Fox News journalists were among the “people in the back” that he had insulted. One Fox News employee described to CNN Business the scene at the New York headquarters of Fox News at the time, as a number of journalists inside the company’s news division watched the episode unfold live. The person said that the employees were dismayed at what they saw. Other Fox News employees questioned why network executives have not taken any action. “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. Another employee said that Hannity’s behavior, both Monday night and generally, “continues to make the task of the news side all that much harder.” One former senior Fox News employee told CNN Business that he had spoken to a number of former colleagues who are still at the network about the matter. He described them as “livid.” In a Tuesday afternoon statement, a Fox News 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.” Asked by CNN Business exactly how the matter had been addressed, the spokesperson declined to elaborate. Hope Hicks, chief communications officer for Fox — the soon-to-be parent company of Fox News — did not respond to a Tuesday morning email asking whether Rupert or Lachlan Murdoch, the father and son who control Fox News, had any comment on or approved of Hannity’s behavior. Hannity, for his part, released a statement on Twitter saying, “What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful. 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. And to be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks. They do amazing work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and it is an honor to work with such great professionals.” Hannity has for years flouted the usual standards required of Fox News employees. 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. But Monday night’s appearance at Trump’s rally was one of the clearest examples to date of Hannity’s growing invincibility at the network. While Hannity has been able to get away with breaking normal protocol, the network had previously attempted to reign him in. When he appeared in a Trump 2016 campaign ad, a Fox News spokesperson said the network “had no knowledge” of Hannity’s participation and said he would “not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election.” In 2010, when Fox News executives learned Hannity planned to broadcast his show from a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati, the network took action. Bill Shine, who was at the time executive vice president for programming at Fox News and who is now the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, said in a statement , “When senior executives in New York were made aware of this, we changed our plans for tonight’s show.”
Sean Hannity campaigns on stage at Trump’s Missouri rally hours after saying he wouldn’t – CNN
New York (CNN Business) Sean Hannity defied his own words on Monday.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s final election rally, the Fox News host said he wouldn’t appear on stage with the President to help excite the Republican base before voters head to the polls Tuesday. “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president,” Hannity tweeted Monday morning, adding that he would simply “be doing a live show” from the scene. A Fox News spokesperson offered a similar message to CNN and other news organizations, insisting Hannity would only be at the rally in Missouri to broadcast his show and cover the event for the network. But, approximately 12 hours after Hannity posted his tweet, he was campaigning on stage with Trump. Read More A Fox News spokesperson didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday night about Hannity’s appearance at the rally, which was one of the clearest demonstrations yet of the cozy relationship between the network and the Trump White House. It happened almost immediately after Trump took the stage in Missouri following an introduction from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who had warmed the crowd up. In spite of reports, I will be doing a live show from Cape Girardeau and interviewing President Trump before the rally. To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President. I am covering final rally for my show. Something I have done in every election in the past.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 5, 2018 Trump, who had appeared live on Hannity’s show during a backstage conversation just moments before, summoned the Fox News host to the stage, and he obliged. Hannity’s first remark on stage with the President? He attacked members of the media covering the rally, saying, “By the way, all those people in the back are fake news.” As observers pointed out, Fox News journalists were among the “people in the back” that Hannity insulted. Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared on stage with President Donald Trump in Missouri just hours after having said he wouldn’t do so. Hannity later said he had “no idea” Trump planned to call him to the stage. He wasn’t the only Fox News host to appear on stage at the rally. Following Hannity’s brief remarks, Trump introduced Jeanine Pirro. “There’s a woman on Saturday night who treats us very well,” Trump said, praising Pirro’s fiery opening monologues as “always brilliant.” When Pirro took the stage, she urged the crowd to turn out the vote for Republican candidates. Inside a Trump rally: Stelter’s view from the press pen Hannity and Pirro spent the night broadcasting from the rally while simultaneously hyping the crowd ahead of Trump’s arrival. Hannity said on his show that he had been “throwing footballs, signing hats and taking pictures” with members of the audience. And after Hannity spoke with Trump backstage, Bill Shine, the former Fox News president turned White House communications director, offered him a high-five, according to the White House pool report. While Fox News had no immediate comment on Hannity campaigning with Trump at Monday night’s rally, the network had previously spoken out when Hannity appeared in a 2016 Trump ad. At that time, a Fox News spokesperson said that the network “had no knowledge” that Hannity had participated in the advertisement, adding that he would “not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election.”
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Wisconsin girl, 10, charged in day care killing of infant
Wisconsin girl, 10, charged in day care killing of infant The girl initially denied injuring the boy but later confessed, investigators said. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 6, 2018 / 1:36 AM GMT By Tim Stelloh A 10-year-old Wisconsin girl was held Monday on charges of first-degree homicide in the killing of an infant last week. District Attorney Wade Newell said the girl, who NBC News is not identifying, stomped on the 6-month-old boy’s head at an in-home day care in the town of Tilden on Oct. 30, according to NBC affiliate WEAU . The girl had panicked after dropping the infant, Newell said during a hearing at Chippewa County Circuit Court, the station reported. “The child hit its head on the footstool and then the child started crying,” Newell said, according to the station. She “didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get into trouble and then she proceeded to stomp on the 6-month-old’s head.” The boy, who authorities have not identified, was airlifted to a hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where he died on Nov. 1, Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk said in a statement. In interviews with investigators from the sheriff’s office, the girl initially denied injuring the boy but later confessed, the statement said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the girl had a lawyer. She was ordered held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, WEAU reported. Tim Stelloh Tim Stelloh is a freelance writer based in New York. In addition to NBC News, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic and elsewhere. MORE FROM news