CNN’s Camerota questions ‘news organization’ status of Fox News after Hannity appears at Trump rally


CNN morning show host Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday questioned whether Fox News should be called a “news organization” after one of the network’s biggest stars, Sean Hannity, joined President Trump onstage Monday night at the president’s final campaign rally ahead of the midterm elections.

“They know, vaguely, that they’re not supposed to have one of their hosts endorse a candidate or a party,” Camerota, who also previously worked at Fox News as a reporter, said in reference to the top-rated cable network. “But Sean Hannity can’t help himself.” 

“They’re having a schizophrenic moment over there trying to figure out what their role over there is supposed to be with the Trump presidency,” Camerota continued on CNN’s “New Day.”

{mosads}“Can you imagine [CNN anchor] Don Lemon campaigning for Stacey Abrams?” Camerota asked her panel of guests, referring to the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia. “Don Lemon being able to take the podium?”

“I mean, when people say that there’s no difference and when Fox tries to consider itself a news organization, they have some complications at moments like this,” Camerota added.

Camerota’s criticism came the morning after Hannity, who hosts the highly rated “Hannity,” joined Trump on stage at his campaign rally in Missouri on Monday night, even though the host tweeted earlier in the day that he would “not be on stage campaigning with the President.” Hannity has previously called his program an opinion show.

While on stage, the Fox News host labeled the press in attendance at the rally as “fake news” and echoed Trump’s mantra of “promises made, promises kept.”

The president also called on his “friend” Jeanine Pirro, who also hosts a show on Fox News, to take the stage at the rally.

“If you like the American that [Trump] is making now, you’ve got to make sure you get out there tomorrow if you haven’t voted yet,” Pirro said from the podium.

A Fox News spokesperson said in a statement to The Hill that the network “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,” the statement continued. “This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”

Hannity also took to Twitter after facing criticism for previously saying he wouldn’t be on stage campaigning with Trump ahead of the rally.
“What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful,” Hannity tweeted. “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.”
Tags 2022 midterm elections CNN Donald Trump Fox News Trump rally

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