Apparently Fox News has drawn the line for Sean Hannity over how far he can go publicly in supporting Donald Trump.
Hannity appeared in a Trump campaign video called #HEARTLAND4TRUMP without getting permission from the network. When The Daily Beast alerted Fox News, the network put the kibosh on such actions. A Fox News spokesperson stated, “We were not aware of Sean Hannity participating in a promotional video and he will not be doing anything along these lines for the remainder of the election season.”
Fox, under Roger Ailes, had essentially let Hannity stump for Trump without any restrictions, but now that Ailes is gone and Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and/or Jack Abernethy are in charge, things apparently have changed.
In the video, Hannity states:
One of the reasons I’m supporting Donald Trump this year is No. 1, he’s going to put originalists on the Supreme Court, people that believe in fidelity to the Constitution, separation of powers, co-equal branches of government. He’s a guy that will vet refugees to keep Americans safe. And of course he’s gonna build that wall. He says he’s gonna have Mexico pay for it. That’s fine, as long as we secure the country and of course we don’t want people competing for jobs. He said he will eliminate Obamacare, make us energy-independent. And as somebody who’s been a marksman since I’m 11 years old, protecting our Second Amendment rights are paramount to me.
Hannity consistently features Trump on his Fox News program; and has admitted advising him; he has paid for Newt Gingrich to fly to Indiana to discuss being Trump’s running mate.
Erik Wemple of The Washington Post asked Fox News whether Hannity had to obtain permission from Fox News to participate in the ad, whether other personalities at Fox could appear in promotional videos for a campaign and whether “Hannity wrote his talking points or read a script provided by the Trump campaign.” Fox didn’t respond.
Hannity appears at 5:58 below: