Fox Information anchor Sean Hannity has denied that he gave interview inquiries to President Trump forward of time, disputing a element in a brand new insider e book.
The White Home provided an interview to the longtime conservative host in September after a deliberate spot on 60 Minutes was deserted due to Steve Bannon’s interview with the present, based on a passage in Michael Wolff’s “Fireplace and Fury” seen by the Day by day Information.
Staffers allegedly apprehensive that his capability to focus had “notably declined” and so “as a substitute the interview with Trump was provided to Sean Hannity – with a preview of the questions.”
Wolff wrote for the Hollywood Reporter that “the plan was to have all interviewers going ahead present the questions.”
Hannity denied the declare, in addition to the suggestion in one other a part of the e book that he and different Fox Information luminaries Roger Ailes and Invoice O’Reilly had been engaged on a brand new, pro-Trump community.
“I by no means supplied questions forward of time to President Trump and by no means stated I used to be going to give up my longtime, profitable TV and radio profession to work for his administration,” he stated in an announcement to a number of information shops.
Regardless of the disavowal, Hannity has been constantly pro-Trump, and waffled forwards and backwards publicly with whether or not he’s a “journalist” or one thing else.
He repeatedly stated “I’m not a journalist” final 12 months and referred himself as a chat present host, although in November informed the New York Instances that he was in reality a journalist however an “opinion journalist.”
Trump himself has repeatedly slammed political rival for her camp receiving questions forward of TV apperances, one thing that CNN contributor and Democratic operative Donna Brazile admitted to doing this fall.