David A. Clarke, the controversial former sheriff for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, has reportedly been banned from appearing on Fox News.
Previously a regular fixture on the cable network, the conservative commentator and former lawman has not appeared on Fox News in more than a year, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.
Mr. Clarke last appeared on Fox News during an episode of the opinion program hosted by Sean Hannity that aired on Feb. 14, 2018, and his most recent appearance on the network’s sister station, the Fox Business Network, occurred two days later, the report said.
Two sources familiar with the situation said Mr. Clark has been effectively “banned” by Fox News, the report said.
“His rhetoric became crazier and crazier and most shows refused to use him,” an unnamed source told the outlet.
Neither Mr. Clarke nor Fox News provided comment, the report said.
An assistant for Mr. Clarke acknowledged in an email statement that the former lawmaker made frequent, uncompensated appearances on Fox News through 2017 and that he approached the network seeking a paid contributor role late that year.
“It may have had something to do with the very liberal Rupert Murdoch boy taking over after Roger Ailes and Bill Shine, who was in charge of programming, were let go. Ailes and Bill Shine liked the Sheriff,” the assistant said.
Mr. Clarke, 62, served as sheriff of Milwaukee County from 2002 through 2017. He was a vocal supporter of President Trump’s election campaign in 2016, and the following year he became a spokesman and senior adviser for America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC.
He parted ways with America First Action last month, The Daily Beast reported. The ban blocking him from appearing on Fox News complicated his job serving as the super PAC’s public face, the report said.
America First Action did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
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