Sean Hannity is known for his shocking rhetoric, but the Fox News host may have gone too far this week when he hit the stage alongside Donald Trump ahead of the midterm elections.
Several employees of the network spoke to CNN about their outrage on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday.
“People throughout the company think a new line was crossed,” one senior 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.”
While it’s shocking for any “journalist” to campaign with a politician, what made the situation even more troubling is the fact that Sean Hannity took to Twitter hours before the rally to insist he would NOT be getting on stage and would only be attending the event to interview Donald Trump.
“To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the president.”
The network issued a statement on the matter via a spokesperson 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.”
They’re clearly not too upset about the gargantuan ethics violation considering Hannity is still on the air.
“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,” one Fox News employee told CNN.
Sean Hannity addressed the controversy in a new Twitter post on Tuesday.
“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,” he posted.
Pretty sure that’s code for #SorryNotSorry.