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Sean Hannity openly disobeys Fox News orders about ethics and activism — and other employees are sick of it

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Sean Hannity has repeatedly flouted Fox News rules with no real consequences, and other employees are furious about the apparent double standard.

The conservative network’s most popular broadcaster operates by a different set of ethical and editorial standards than other Fox News employees, and the problem has only gotten worse since the departures of the late Roger Ailes and former Hannity executive producer Bill Shine, reported The Daily Beast.

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Fox News has defended Hannity when it was revealed he was a client of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who had frequently appeared on his show without disclosing their professional relationship.

Hannity also defied Fox News by taking the stage, along with the network’s Jeanine Pirro, at a Trump rally in Missouri just ahead of the 2018 midterms, despite promising earlier that he would only interview the president beforehand.

“All those people in the back are fake news,” Hannity told the crowd, pointing to reports covering the rally — including journalists for Fox News.

Hannity himself regularly promotes dubious reporting, and Fox News management has ordered him to stop referring to those frequently guests as “investigative reporters” because their work “passes none of the network’s editorial standards.”

The broadcaster has ignored that directive, and sometimes even refers to those independent contributors as “Fox News investigative reporters.”

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Fox News employees complained to The Daily Beast that Hannity’s political activism was “embarrassing,” and they were frustrated the network appeared unwilling or unable to hold him to the same standards as other broadcasters.

The network sided with Hannity when asked to comment on the website’s report.

“Sean Hannity’s status as the most watched show in cable news is a testament to our audience’s overwhelming loyalty and passion for his opinion,” a Fox News spokesperson said. “We value his unique perspective and he has our full support.”

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Lindsey Graham promises Fox viewers a new investigation into Andrew McCabe despite the Justice Dept clearing him

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Appearing on the Fox Business channel with host Maria Bartiromo, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) promised viewers he fully intends to use his position as the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee to launch his own investigation into former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe despite the former law enforcement official already having been cleared by the Justice Department.

Complaining that the controversial Steele dossier was based on " a bunch of bar-talk and hearsay," Graham said he plans to call -- at the very least -- McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey in to be grilled by his committee.

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‘Kiss Florida goodbye’: Voto Latino head warns Democrats of coming 2020 debacle

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," Voto Latino CEO María Teresa Kumar said Democrats should not count on taking Florida's 29 electoral votes in the upcoming 2020 presidential election if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the at the top of the ticket.

During a fairly contentious panel discussion on the viability of Sanders as a candidate due to self-identifying as a democratic socialist, Kumar claimed that would not play well Florida's Latino community.

"All I can think about when David [Corn] was unpacking it for us, we can all agree is you can kiss Florida goodbye," she explained. "I say that, Floridians -- Latinos that have fled socialism, they have fled and they are in Florida and they have sensibilities that are different from the rest of the Latino community."

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CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’

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During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.

Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."

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