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November 7, 2018

MEDIA - ELECTIONS

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years ago, the results of the presidential election were shocking. But this year, they were closer to what was expected going in. And because of that, the hours of election coverage for the midterm elections last night didn’t have the drama of the 2016 presidential vote. As the results rolled in, CNN’s Jake Tapper told his audience, “Actually, this is pretty much what we thought was going to happen.” There was little suspense on Fox News Channel, either. The network declared shortly before 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time that the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic control. Senate results seem to indicate the GOP would maintain and likely expand their majority. It is what polls had generally predicted for months.

FOX NEWS SAYS IT HAS ADDRESSED HANNITY’S APPEARANCE AT TRUMP RALLY

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it’s been handled. The cable outlet says it has addressed Sean Hannity’s appearance at a political rally held by President Donald Trump on Monday night. The network says it doesn’t condone such things. But it didn’t say what, if any, discipline Hannity would face as a result of his taking the stage with Trump. A second Fox host, Jeanine Pirro, also joined Trump on stage at the Missouri rally. But Hannity got more attention because he was billed by the president as a “special guest” — and because he and his Fox bosses had insisted all day that he wouldn’t take the stage with Trump.

SEAN HANNITY SAYS HE WASN’T BEING UNTRUTHFUL

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity said most of Monday that he wouldn’t be appearing at President Trump’s campaign rally that night in Missouri. But he ended up on stage with Trump. So, he wasn’t telling the truth, right? No, says Hannity. The Fox News host tweeted yesterday that he was “100 percent truthful” when he said he “will not be on stage campaigning with the president.” Hannity explains that when Trump invited him on stage, it was a surprise and that his appearance wasn’t planned. Hannity also says when he pointed to reporters covering the rally and called them “fake news,” he wasn’t referring to his Fox News colleagues who were also covering the rally.

PIZZA - POLLS

PHOENIX (AP) — Some of the people who ended up in long lines at their polling places didn’t have to go hungry while they waited to vote. And for that, they can thank the likes of celebrities like Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore and Patton Oswalt. They are among the celebrities who donated money to the group Pizza to the Polls. And their efforts ended up raising more than $300,000 in a 24-hour period. The group checks social media reports of long lines at polling places — and sends out pizza to those waiting.

TV RATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — People have been focused on politics in the run-up to the midterm elections. But when it came to watching TV, football got the most votes. Of the top 10 shows last week, eight of them were either pro or college football contests. The top-rated show for the week was NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” clash between Green Bay and New England. The game drew more than 23 million viewers.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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