Today, FoxNews.com finally decided it could no longer justify promoting its conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. It does not look like Sean Hannity intends to follow suit.
As I’ve reported, the family of Seth Rich begged the Fox producer of the Hannity show to find some “decency and kindness” and stop smearing Rich by portraying him as part of some anti-Clinton cabal who got murdered by some pro-Clinton operative… which just happens to absolve Donald Trump (in Hannity’s mind) of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Today, FoxNews.com posted on its website that a May 16, 2017 article about Rich’s murder “was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.” FoxNews.com also said, “We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”
Media Matters explains what Fox had previously published:
FoxNews.com originally posted a May 16 piece headlined “Slain DNC staffer had contact with WikiLeaks, investigator says.” The story relied on a report by D.C.’s Fox 5 and Rod Wheeler, a former D.C. homicide detective and Fox News contributor, for its sourcing. The Fox 5 story soon fell apart and Wheeler backtracked—according to CNN, he told the network “he had no evidence to suggest Rich had contacted Wikileaks before his death.” Through a spokesperson, Rich’s family asked on May 17 for “a retraction and an apology from Fox News and from the Fox 5 DC affiliate for inaccurate reporting and damaging the legacy of their son.”
Six days later, Fox News has finally retracted its story.
What about Hannity?
The Hannity show website lists only one guest for tonight’s show, Michelle Malkin. The headline states that he will be discussing Trump’s overseas trip with her.
However, Hannity’s tweet says he will have a “huge announcement” about Rich along with news about his future at Fox.
Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 23, 2017
(Hannity image via screen grab)
Hannity said he’d had a “heartfelt” exchange with the Rich family, and that he was now reconsidering his pursuit of justice. “Out of respect for the family’s wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time,” he told his audience.
In a combative note, Hannity said he would remain a Fox News employee—for now. And he reassured his fans that while he was giving the Rich story a rest, there were plenty of other Democratic abominations to expose.
“I promise you I am not going to stop doing my job,” Hannity said. After the segment ended, he conducted an interview with Sebastian Gorka, a White House adviser with alleged ties to Nazi groups.
“We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show,” Hannity said. “You’re cynical.”
“I am cynical,” said Koppel.
“Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
“You do? Really?”
“In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows —”
“That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad.”
“No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential —”
“You are selling the American people short.”
“No, let me finish the sentence before you do that.”
“I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor.”
“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.”
BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK! BAWK!
[Hey, thanks for the eggs Sean!]
It has been eight years, one month and two days since Hannity agreed to be waterboarded.
Glad you asked!
Hannie says he won’t do the story out of respect to the Rich family. Yeah, right. When Fox “News” retracts a story that means the story is dead, and they forbid any on-air host to bring it up while employed at the network.
The old Long Island hawk may talk about the story on his radio show, but the fool risks alienating his syndicators who carry his show.
The Fox “News” suits are better off getting rid of Hannie Pie. Let him pursue his so-called “movie career” as a producer of faith-based films.
Speaking of faith-based films:
NOTE TO KEVIN SORBO
If satan gave you $3 million dollars to produce your film would you take it? Your film is going to bomb at the box office due to association with this man.
The Stop Hannity Express says Roger Ailes is dead. Bill Shine is gone. The old man has no allies to back him up. His behavior is getting worse by the week. He needs professional help.
NOTE TO FOX “NEWS” EXECUTIVES
He’s not happy at Fox. Let him go. Pay off his contract and show him the door, otherwise he will become a liability to the network.
Ever notice how often they play the victim?