Covering Or Campaigning? Fox News Anchors Appear With Trump At Missouri Rally [Updated]

440px-The_Yellow_Press_by_L.M._GlackensI have been highly critical of what I view as the erosion of the line between journalism and advocacy in cable news, including a column this week criticizing CNN for its unrelenting anti-Trump coverage.  MSNBC has previously been criticized for its host, Al Sharpton, appearing at campaign rallies.  Now Fox is facing an equally serious incident after Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.  Both are known to be close confidants of Trump, but they also work for a news organization that is covering Trump and this election.  While many view the journalistic rule of separation as artificial in the age of partisan cable programming, it represents the most glaring breach in the rule that we have seen.  The incident raises an increasing conflict with journalistic values and programming.  All of the networks now have anchors who are openly partisan but maintain facial neutrality by not contributing or campaigning for parties.  The fear is that a departure from that technical rule will lead to a race to the bottom of networks working as an extension of political parties and a return to the age of “Yellow Journalism.” Update: Fox News has rebuked both Hannity and Pirro for their participation.

Cable networks now increasingly maintain fairly homogeneous viewerships composed of people who seek “echo programming” that take a consistent liberal or conservative perspective. It is part of the deepening divisions in our country where people only hear on viewpoint and news that confirm their political preferences.  In that environment, the separation of actual campaigning can seem precious. However, the erosion of the line between reporting and campaigning among media figures.

Hannity was billed as one of the people to appear with Trump at the rally with Rush Limbaugh. He later said that he would be simply having a show at the event and emphasized that “to be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning.”

Sean Hannity


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.

However, the President called up Hannity and Pirro to the stage and made things worst for Fox News by saying “I have a few people that are right out here, and they’re very special. They’ve done an incredible job for us. They’ve been with us from the beginning, also.” Referring to Fox anchors as his people who are doing “an incredible job for us” is a serious problem for network.
Hannity then declared (likely in jest), in pointing at reporters at the rally, “By the way, all those people in the back are fake news.”
Pirro declared  “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.”
The incident raises the question of the status of cable hosts who on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox leave no doubt about their allegiances.  The media appears to be moving toward a new status of commentator hosts who openly align themselves with campaigns.  That would mean changing network rules on staff remaining apolitical by classifying certain hosts as non-journalists.
It would represent a return to an earlier era in media where papers openly advocated for politicians or political parties or causes.  Yet, the allegiance of hosts is obvious every night in programming and the question is now whether there show be a new status of a commentator host who is no longer subject to journalistic standard. The problem is that these networks continue to define themselves as journalistic organizations and rely on that status.
Should networks abandon the rules of apolitical status for employees and allow some hosts to be openly partisan?

189 thoughts on “Covering Or Campaigning? Fox News Anchors Appear With Trump At Missouri Rally [Updated]”

  1. So tonight, there were black men, asian women, real Indians, and women who lost their elections. And there were corrupt old men (Menendez in NJ) who won, among others. For the Democrats, it is never about supporting people of color, or minorities. “YOU MUST THINK LIKE THEY DO” for them to support you. If you are an Indian man, a Korean woman, a black man, a black woman? BUT you are Republican? The Democrat message is: We will trample you. Get lost. The MSM message if you are a minority running as a Republican? Who? What? Where? The media suddenly become deaf, dumb and blind if you are a minority Republican candidate.

  2. tons of illegal immigrant voters according to texas poll workers

    but the media says “experts say there is no voter fraud”

    take a look and ask who do you believe? the mass media experts or the ladies encouraging the illegals to vote at the polling stations in texas?

    1. So, just who are these “tons”? Since the Republicans have near-complete control of the Texas government, it should be easy to identify, arrest, and try these perpetrators. Or, maybe now that the election is over, maybe they will decide it is not worth the effort?

      1. the American system of government is very weak but flexible and resilient. Therein lies its durability. It’s weakness makes it no threat to the established capitalist powers, and its flexibility makes it amenable to doing what they want at every juncture.

        The powerful parts of government, morevoer, like the security apparatus, are almost always entrenched bureaucracies not affected by elections. They are Deep STate civil service and are executive level dominated by people who are zealously educated in Ivy Leagues and often have overlapping ties with Wall Street like the Dulles Brothers or George Bush, You can see that other security apparatus and Deep State Darlings like Hillary have deep ties to financiers as well.

        The Republican party is having a real emergence of nationalism at the moment which could counterbalance the agenda of global capitalism, but, it’s constrained by the weakness of the governmental things it is allowed to control. It’s also constrained by the large element of lumpenproles of urban blight and migrants that the Democrats are weaponizing against the middle and working classes.

  3. the election appears to have been a mixed result and not the blue wave james carville hoped for, or so he has said late tuesday night

    moreover from abc news:

    ““The character of this country is on the ballot. Who we are is on the ballot,” former President Barack Obama, hoarse from campaigning, told Democratic volunteers at a Virginia campaign office Monday.

    The race has already made history with a record number of women and people of color running for office, giving voters a chance to make a number of firsts: First transgender governor, first Native American woman in Congress, first black woman governor, among others.”

    If abc hasnt made it clear enough, let me make it clearer. The wrong end of the gun is aimed at you white man. More and more every day, little by little. White guys: they are out to kick your azz, make a fool out of you, take your stuff, and make a tax-slave out of you, more than you already are. Wake up, it’s late in the day, and when the demographic needle has finally shifted, there will be no mercy shown. White women: think carefully about how you will fare once white men are outnumbered. Will the teeming hordes from abroad, the queers, lesbians, and trans-men protect you and your children once the shoe is on the other foot? Will the rich financiers and cloistered academics in their gated communities see to your security? Your kind and generous nature has been weaponized against you and the clock ticks down to an uncertain fate.

    nonwhites too should hesitate to take the Democrats poison soup. A lot of native born black folks and even good hardworking and worthy immigrants come to this country not to become successful and then have their kids be subject to the same kind of unfair quotas, burdensome taxes, and unconstrained criminal violence that they sought to escape in their countries of origin. They should stop and say: if the white man who built America is finally knocked down for good, who will keep order thereafter? And will our new overlords be quite so kind? Take a look at the decolonized hellholes of Africa if you want to know the inevitable answer to that. The America that was once the land of opportunity may look very different and a hell of a lot worse 20 years from now if the socially disordering of America continues.

    lawful means may still be used to organize and make unforeseen allies and capitalize on emerging opportunities. be alert and work hard to ready yourself for whatever comes

    1. I noticed that with all the campaign speeches and rallies Trump did, including 3 in one day, he never lost his voice and went hoarse the way Obama did after doing a few rallies in one week. Telling, isn’t it?

      1. Perhaps it was because President Obama strained his voice from over-vocalization of the phonemes contained within the words I, Me, and My.

        1. Obama lost his voice campaigning…and then every ‘rising star’ candidate he campaigned for….lost. We could call that a lose-lose outcome. 😉

        2. He disliked Hillary his rival. And he would not help her much. But the sychophants running for House seats and governorships shine his apple so hard he was pleased to show.

  4. Note that tonight, during the midterm election coverage, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, referred to Democrat wins in the House as moving in the “right direction” on tonight’s CNN broadcast. I believe Wolfie Blitzer is absurdly considered a “news” journalist as opposed to an “opinion” journalist?

  5. “objectivity” is a relic of 19th century liberalism. the Left rejected it long ago but they trot it out to favor their pet candidates.

    we can stop trying to be objective and start trying to be authentic, perhaps?

    What I have been studying on this topic is quoted below. I would boil that down to is this. American conservatives hate “relativism.” But the relative perspective that we have from the moment of birth is integral to our human experience. So quite running away from it! Own your own concerns and assert them with confidence!

    “Heidegger highlighted that only by Dasein’s existential existence in the world can “the being of the there” be exposed. In explicating the “there” of being in the world, Dasein was presented as an entity located in the world by individual personal there as opposed to an objective place or space in the world. Heidegger demonstrated that Dasein was directional, that is, the person’s concern was always directed toward the entity brought proximally closest through circumspective concern and actions (Heidegger, 1927/2011, p. 144).

    Heidegger continued the analytic to reveal how understanding contributed toward Dasein’s capacity to interpret their world. Heidegger presents “interpretation” as a concept closely intertwined with “understanding” in “making explicit that which was already implicitly present in understanding” (Cerbone, 2009, p. 62). Heidegger presented two key structures linked with the process of interpretation; these being: the “as structure” (meaning the interpretation of an entity “as” something for something) and the “forestructure” (revealing the prior knowledge of Dasein about entities in their world). With regard to the ‘as’ structure, Dasein’s circumspective interpretation was projected toward entities ready to hand (useful things) revealing their purpose or function and the totality of involvement associated with this entity. “The ‘as’ makes up the structure of the explicitness of something that is understood, it constitutes the interpretation” (Heidegger, 1927/2011, p. 188). By revealing the capacity of Dasein to interpret their world Heidegger demonstrated that interaction with entities was not presuppositionless but was guided by the familiarity of everyday interaction. Dasein was thus presented as having preexisting knowledge or “fore structure of understanding” of their world (Heidegger, 1927/2011, p. 191).

    At this point in the analytic Heidegger presented Dasein’s capacity to have preunderstanding and demonstrated that any act of interpretation was never from a purely neutral stance.”

  6. one of the pretenses of liberal society is that there is a big “objective” thing out there we can perceive. this is science but even science now has discovered at the subatomic level the fundamental “relativity” of the most fundamental particles of reality…. moreover the “uncertainty” of basic particles which are themselves remotely affected by the very act of perceiving

    as science and the soul killing tropes of liberal 19th century society lead to Nietzsche saying “God is dead we have killed Him” …. in the 20th century Martin Heidegger introduced the approach to existence and the self which begins with an understanding that we are “Thrown” into society at a certain place and time with a certain set of notions received by culture

    thus we can see that the pretense of objectivity is itself received from culture and not necessarily an “objective” fact of existence

    ayn rand ignored that whole issue; but she was mostly selling books. if you’re an “objectivist” in the narrow sense of being a Rand-fan, don’t get too offended

    the Left adopted some of Heidegger’s thinking after the war — as the video below mentions parenthetically, Derrida and Marcuse– attacked Western civilization. but, Heidegger himself was a member of the nazi party, before the war

    I agree with the lady above who said it’s good that the pretense of objectivity is being questioned now. the left has been rejecting objectivity for decades even as it trots the notion out to help its favored candidates. but the Right a new authentic right for our time can also embrace the notion that we are thrown into existence and can’t authentically disregard the facts of who we are and where and when we are as starting points for our concerns and discourse

  7. As the day has worn on, the Hannity / Pirro story has now reached predictable hysterics on the left…….propelled by Fox News “insiders”.
    I have been fearful that the new Sheriff in town at Fox News (Murdoch’s son?) has been looking for ways to clip the wings of the Right and become more “centrist” in his eyes……even though ratings are fantastic!
    Shepard Smith did a full frontal rant against the President last week, live on-air.
    Any intelligent boss without a leftist agenda would have fired Shep’s fanny. He was very disrespectful of the President.
    Just my opinion………

  8. They are not ‘news anchors’ in the way that CNN and MSNBC news people pretend to be. Hannity and the judge are more like editors voicing opinions from a candid position. Hardly the same as the other news programs that pretend to give straight news but are clearly in the tank for ‘Progressive’ agendas.

  9. One cable network favors the Republicans, the other networks favor the Democrats. That’s pretty cut and dry.

  10. Truth is Fox News is loved by Americans. Only the liberal sore losers chastise it even if their pitiful voices can not displace the ratings of Fox News versus CNN + MSNBC = COMBINED.

    Liberals are small minded, dim witted, closed thinking mongrels.. 🤪🤪🤪

    Republicans will clean at midterm elections….

    “Former Bush White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has been an important presence on Fox News Channel for a while. Best known over the years for her co-hosting of the channel’s popular show The Five, Perino took the helm of her own show The Daily Briefing in 2017, which in October killed in the ratings, besting time slot competition from CNN and MSNBC combined.”

    1. Jenny….i agree with your comment. Imo….Fox is not right-wing. It’s on a normal setting for normal people. I always hear both sides of an argument, fairly administered, for the most part. That’s the Amrrican way.

      1. Haha. Now tell us how balanced your other “sources” are, after all anyone who thinks Pravda Faux News is anything but a wackjob outpost also enjoys brietbart, alex jones, infowars, rush and stormfront.

        this is to “but all the white oldsters in my flyover B.F.E. shithole think like I do” cindie

          1. As a former teacher, didn’t you ever try to communicate with your students at their own level?
            “Mark M.” is a self-claimed lawyer who is, as has been noted, more likely an adolescent troll.
            I almost had a serious exchange with that fool once, but he quickly reverted to form.
            I then learned, from his younger brother Nelson M., the best way to “communicate” with him, in his own words and oratory style.
            I’ll try to post the link, in case you or anyone else wants to really have a high-level “exchange” with him.

        1. Stay out of flyover “mark” it’s not a safe place for obnoxious punks and obscene slanderers like you

          flyover may be a shithole to you but it’s our shithole and you aint welcome

    2. Well, “Jenny,” that’s your opinion. You may have–or not–noticed that this is a blawg frequented heavily by lawyers who discuss legal issues. In other words, this isn’t reddit, or wherever people with your skewed, intolerant, ignorant and ill-informed and imbecilic thought processes gather to trade “ideas.” But since we’re now on the subject, my opinion is that you’re either a gullible rube, dupe, klan wanabee, pocket-traitor or grifter on the make. Your infantile cognitive level probably doesn’t allow you to fully comprehend my constructive criticism of your defective existence. Pro tip: you and your ilk will get a pass this time; authentic American patriots who revere our beloved country are just now engaged in saving our last, best hope for man on earth from the ignorant cretins, rubes, dupes, klan wannabees, pocket-traitors and grifters on the make who so closely imperiled the country that my fellow patriots love so dearly. So sorry for your loss.

      this is to “I always buy the commemorative “silver” coins advertised on hannity” simple jenn

      1. why does the pathetic Democrat booster and obscene slanderer always mock the women on this blog? scratch a lot of leftists and behind their phony feminism you will find a punk loser who resents real women

        Hey mark, do you retract saying that I “watch hannity and bag his balls?”

        remember a false accusation that someone is a homosexual is defamation per se– out here in flyover at least it is. and I have collected on a judgement for that too

        i figure you don’t have a pot to piss in Mark so I’ll not bother to give you the same

        1. Haha. “Women?” Pro tip: on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. Finally, I’ve never once posted anything here from which reasonable people could infer that I was a “Democrat booster.” One can be an American patriot who’s against pocket-traitors, klan wanabees and grifters on the make without being a Democrat. Reading comprehension is a combination of cognitive ability and practice. So sorry for your loss.

          this is to “cupcake” kurtzie

          1. Marky Mark Mark – the NPC runs both the pro tip and klan wannabe scripts. Then adds word salad denying being written by a Democratic hack.

          2. “Finally, I’ve never once posted anything here from which reasonable people could infer that I was a “Democrat booster.”

            Mark, you need not be a Democrat booster to be uninformed which is what you really are. You have a severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome which has caused you to become hyperbolic no matter what you are talking about. I remember our discussion some months ago (perhaps early September) where you exposed points of view that had some value in discussion but at the same time you exposed your complete and total ignorance. Today, you rely on your word processor to rearrange the insults adding absolutely nothing to the discussion except for another voice that adds to the stupidity. This is your way of conversing without having to deal with the facts.

            1. The facts are immutable, your opinion, irrelevant. So sorry for your loss. You forget that I’m not trying to convince you defectives of anything at all. You just keep on being you. Demographics and persons with honor will do the rest.

              this is to “but aren’t old scared white people ‘Mericans too?” allan / allen

              1. ” You forget that I’m not trying to convince you defectives of anything at all.”

                That is well understood Mark M. because you couldn’t fight your way out of a paper bag. Beside that I have debated you and you looked and sounded like sh-t. Any 8 year old could put you in your place so that is a good reason for you to stay away from the debates and use your word processor to mix up your responses a bit.

                Like mold you appear almost in the same form post after post. Blogs are all infested with your common type of mold but a little bit of Chlorox keeps the rest of us clean.

    1. David speaks in obtuse sentence. Form a complete thought please david. you should speak plainly.

      1. “David speaks in obtuse sentence. Form a complete thought please david. you should speak plainly.” -Mr. Kurtz

        You don’t know the expression??

        To see “through a glass” — a mirror — “darkly” is to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality. The expression comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul; he explains that we do not now see clearly, but at the end of time, we will do so.”

      2. Haha. You’re going to regret showing your as* “counselor.” As a matter of facts, see anon’s b*tch slap below. So sorry for your lack of literary reference.

        this is to “classics, shmassics”, I have a ‘hillbilly studies’ degree” kurtzie

        1. My hillbilly studies are extensive. You can only imagine. As for racists I know plenty. the posters here don’t hardly qualify. But, you like to call people that for no reason. Anonymous punks are always tough on the internet where they can slander people with impunity. Here’s your pro tip: stay out in California flyover is not a safe place for weak punks like you.

          as for the quote the vagueness was not my own it was David’s. Scripture quotes don’t alleviate the obligation of clarity and precision. Unless you’re a punk loser slanderer who trolls blogs calling people they dont know “ball baggers” like you Mark

          1. Mr. Kurtz, doubles down:

            “as for the quote the vagueness was not my own it was David’s. Scripture quotes don’t alleviate the obligation of clarity and precision.” -Mr. Kurtz

            It’s a fairly well-known expression — even if one isn’t familiar with its origin.


            But hey, I guess it’s David’s fault that you’ve never encountered it.

            1. of course I have encountered it. I went to church and Catholic schools. I have heard it a thousand times. Just let David address the challenge of clarifying his meaning and quit trying to score petty points for your cheerleader Mark who’s waving his pom poms for you

            2. why dont you pick a nom de plume and stick with it? are you afraid of being accountable or consistent? you’re obviously a repeat poster

              1. It’s Diane. She’s using four handles right now and some of them talk to each other.

                  1. here’s an anonymous poster calling other people ignorant while simultaneously failing to make a coherent debatable assertion. thanks for nothing ma’am /sir!

                    it does illustrate how the left & Dems often evade substance and instead adopt a feigned superiority, confident that they can intimidate “rubes” like me in flyover with their haughty insults

                    sorry, urbane urbanites, but I am a just a peasant from the interior like mao and I know where power comes from and it’s not fancy words and false consciousness

                    1. an interesting transformation is going on right now this very moment in America where the feigned intellectual superiority of the mass media talking heads and the lipsyncing choir of fakes in academia and the entrenched bureaucracy are all failing to hold back normal Americans from feeling the reality of our situation and acting on our best interests.

                      this is what i am getting at when refer to heidegger because we are at a moment of emerging authenticity among us that is coming out from the illusions of the enlightenment and liberal foundations that we have grown up with, the ideological nonsense about equality most of all. we are all different and what’s different is not equal. we have interests and may and should act upon them and not be intimidated into inaction by a bunch of stupid insults coming from effeminate weasels.

                      i could care less what California, New York and DC fops think about me. Their opinions hold no weight for me in my day to day, except that they are holdovers from a system that’s crumbling fast.

                      And, leftists, who have invited into America the savages, maybe we should be thankful, for perhaps they have awakened the savage in us?

                      Heard in the note of the Gjallarhorn;

                      Loud blows Heimdall, the horn is aloft,

                      In fear quake all who on Hel-roads are.

                      Yggdrasill shakes and shivers on high

                      The ancient limbs, and the giant is loose;

                      Wotan murmurs with Mimir’s head

                      But the kinsman of Surt shall slay him soon.

                      How fare the gods? how farethe elves?

                      All Jotunheim groans, the gods are at council;

                      Loud roar the dwarfs by the doors of stone,

                      The masters of the rocks: would you know yet more?

                      Now Garm howls loud before Gnipahellir;

                      The fetters will burst, and the wolf run free

                    2. HoD proclaimed, “I know where power comes from and it’s not fancy words and false consciousness.”

                      HoD went on to babble out a stream of Norse Raider consciousness about Gjallarhorn, Heimdall, Yggdrasill, Wotan, Mimir, Jotunheim, Garm and Gnipahellir whilst merely alluding to the She-Wolf Fenris, who devours the Earth at the end of days, bursting Her fetters real soon–just you wait and see you feigned intellectual superiors, mass media talking heads, fake academicians and entrenched bureaucrats .

                      No. I am not making that up. The She-Wolf Fenris devours the Earth at the end of days. Just ask HoD who also claims “to know” that Power comes from Myth, because Myth is supposedly True Consciousness as seen through a glass darkly or some such other blow it your backside biergarten bafflegab.

                1. i guess so but I don’t understand why someone already cloaked with the quasi anonymity of this blog structure would not bother to own their viewpoints consistently like a normal human being in a conversation. it’s bizarre

                  1. I’d bet my bottom dollar that Mr. Kurtz still plays Dungeons and Dragons.

                    Any takers?

                    1. L4Yoga/Annie/Inga enables David Benson, and the NPCs R. Lien and Marky Mark Mark – We all have out hobbies. If Mr Kurtz want to play D&D good on him. Highly creative and cheaper than losing at poker. Besides, you have to stay sober to play D&D.

          2. Haha. Rich. I’m in Houston, in the middle of cretins who imagine the same fantasies that you do. I promise you that no one challenges me to my face. You? I’ll wager not so much.

            this is to “small towns are safer for the slow-witted” kurtzie

            1. ” I promise you that no one challenges me to my face”.
              That does makes sense when a slimeball like “Mark M.” doesn’t show his face.

            2. Houston where we can see Mark M. panhandling in the roadway medians. Too bad about all those mosquito-borne viruses. It seems you have been bitten by many that cause diseases of the brain.

            3. The NPC Marky Mark Mark runs the I’m a Democrat from the big city and I am tougher than nails script. This is a variant on the Fe Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman script.

        2. Underemployed CJA lawyers are not known much for their classics studies. I doubt that I need to stop to conquer you in that field, Mark M serial slanderer. Get back to your usual ineffective assistance of counsel Mark. I’ll bet you have a lot of pro tips on talking the accused into sucker deals for half off, dont you?

    2. The reference is even more obscure than most know.

      Ingmar Bergman, “The Seventh Seal”.

      1. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me twenty-three citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament) and the source of a quotation, after twenty-two weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. – I haven’t seen The Seventh Seal since it first came to the United States, but I do not remember a reference to “through the glass, darkly.” Where in the film does it appear and what was the reference to?

        1. havent seen that nor that other great film Citizen Kane– but I have watched Leni Riefenstahl’s triumph of the will and olympia more than once each.

          with reference to the seventh seal he went from the Epistles to Revelation but I have wasted enough time in life trying to decipher what someone means by quoting Scripture, and don’t care to guess at it coming from David.

          Let him say what he means plainly if he wants discussion or he can just keep on being oblique

          1. Mr Kurtz – The Seventh Seal is a great film and for film buffs is on the must see list.

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