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Sean Hannity excoriated for ‘obedient’ Election Day texts to mark Meadows

“Emphasize that every vote counts. Get out and vote,” President Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows emailed Hannity on Nov. 3, 2020, according to CNN. “On the radio.”

“Yes sir,” Hannity replied. “On it. Any place in particular, we need a push.

When Meadows named Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada, Hannity replied via text message, “Included. Everywhere.”

Hannity, who enjoys a close personal relationship with Trump and regularly snips at him on his television and radio shows, has repeatedly drawn backlash for crossing the boundaries of media ethics.

In the run-up to the 2020 election, Trump’s team even offered signed copies of Hannity’s book in exchange for campaign donations.

Most news outlets prohibit reporters from contributing to political campaigns, but Fox News defended Hannity as an opinion leader, not a journalist.

Nonetheless, the network has slapped him in the past for participating in campaign events. In 2018, after he appeared onstage at a Trump rally in Missouri, Fox News said it “does not condone any talent attending campaign events” and said the incident was “an unfortunate distraction and has been resolved”.

And in 2016, after Hannity was featured in a political ad run by the Trump campaign, Fox News said he would not be allowed to appear in other promotional materials for the remainder of the election season.

Fox News did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment on Monday.

The revelation about the Fox News host’s communications with the White House has drawn criticism online. In a clip subsequently resurfaced, from April 2020, Hannity said, “I’m not told what to say” and maintained that her show had “always been independent.”

CNN’s Monday report detailed some of the more than 2,300 text messages sent and received by Meadows between Election Day and President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021.

Recipients included Republican members of Congress, former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Hannity, Jan. 6, 2021, rally organizers and other Fox News hosts.

The backlash on the newly revealed exchange was swift:




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