Sean Hannity kicked off Election Day by going after the "fake news" media, just hours after ignoring his own declaration that he would not speak at President Trump's final rally before the midterms on Monday night in Missouri.
"This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed", the statement continued.
"To be clear, I was not referring to my journalist colleagues at FOX News in those remarks", he tweeted. Trump was there to amp up the crowd for Hawley ahead of the vote.
That has not been the case for Hannity however, who previously suffered no fallout when it was revealed he was a client of lawyer Michael Cohen, who at the time was also President Trump's legal advisor.
He wasn't the only Fox News host to appear on stage at the rally. "Doctor? Please. Thank you", Trump said, pointing toward a portion of the crowd in Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.
The Fox News star was telecasting his show from Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he came to interview the president who was holding an election eve rally there. "They've been with us from the beginning also. But Sean Hannity can't help himself", said Camerota on "New Day" on Tuesday. Later in the day, the former president campaigned in his hometown of Chicago for businessman J.B. Pritzker, Democrats' nominee for IL governor.
Trump has crisscrossed the country in the weeks leading up to Election Day, hosting "Make America Great Again" rallies to campaign for Republicans in an effort to maintain the majority of the House and Senate, and pick up or hold some governor's mansions along the way.
Hannity told the New York Times in August 2016, adding, "I never claimed to be a journalist".
Limbaugh said it was "a great honor" to be a guest at one of Trump's electrifying rallies, noting that they were the "envy" of professional Washington, DC.
What was so disgusting about Fox News on Monday night was the way Hannity operated straight out of the propaganda handbook using techniques to mock and vilify opponents that had been used by the publicity machines of fascist leaders since the 1930s in Europe during the early days of electronic mass communications. 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.