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Hannity defends Fox News president Shine amid report

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/28/2017
In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News arrives in National Harbor, Md. Hannity is getting a bruising reminder that this year's presidential campaign defies traditional political rules. Hannity defended Fox News Channel president Bill Shine on Twitter on April 27, 2017, following a New York magazine report that members of the controlling Murdoch family refused to release a statement of support for the executive. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) © The Associated Press In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News arrives in National Harbor, Md. Hannity is getting a bruising reminder that this year's presidential campaign defies traditional political rules. Hannity defended Fox News Channel president Bill Shine on Twitter on April 27, 2017, following a New York magazine report that members of the controlling Murdoch family refused to release a statement of support for the executive. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity is defending Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine following a report that members of the controlling Murdoch family refused to release a statement of support for the executive.

New York magazine cites anonymous sources in reporting that Shine recently asked 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and his brother, Lachlan, who's the company's co-chairman, for a statement of support amid a spate of negative publicity for the network. Spokespeople for Shine and the Murdochs tell the magazine he never asked them directly for a statement.

Hannity referenced the report in tweeting Thursday : "Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired."

Shine joined Fox News in 1996 and was a longtime producer for Hannity's programs.

Hannity is the last remaining prime-time star of a lineup that dominated cable news for many years.

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