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11/06/2018 12:30 am ET Updated Nov 06, 2018

'State Media': Twitter Users Mock Fox News As Hannity Campaigns With Trump

Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro campaigned with Trump in Missouri.

Critics on Monday slammed Fox News as “state media” after network personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro joined President Donald Trump on stage at a campaign rally in Missouri

Hannity ― who blasted the media as “fake news” at the event ― had only hours before denied “reports” that he would join Trump on stage.

“To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president,” he said. “I am covering the final rally for my show.”

Hannity’s statement was false:

Hannity got in trouble with his network in 2016 for appearing in a video endorsing Trump.

Twitter users had some thoughts about the latest move by the two Fox News hosts, both of whom are consistent and vocal supporters of the president during their broadcasts: 

Fox News labeled its hosts’ actions an “unfortunate distraction” in an emailed statement to HuffPost on Tuesday: “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.”

Hannity tried to come to his own defense on Tuesday, arguing that getting on stage to praise the president during a campaign rally wasn’t a problem because it “was NOT planned”:

And he clarified his slam on the media to say he didn’t mean to include his Fox News colleagues:

 

This story has been updated with comments from Fox News and Hannity.

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