Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer

25 May, 2017, 09:24 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

He claims to have a source at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and says the secret lies on Rich's laptop. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation.

Sean Hannity is refusing to punt on his report linking Seth Rich to Wikileaks, despite outrage from his family.

"Fox is weak", Boyle answered. His fodder was an erroneous story that claimed Rich had been in touch with Wikileaks at the time of his death.

If you've spent any time recently watching Fox News personality and noted street marital artist Sean Hannity-I don't know, maybe you lost a bet-you have heard a lot about Seth Rich. When much of Fox programming abandoned coverage of the biggest story in decades - the possible obstruction of justice by the president - the facade of legitimate journalism crumbled.

Breitbart News and the Gateway Pundit were among the other sites that trafficked in the conspiracy theory - as did the Twitter account for the Russian embassy in London.

Long before the retraction, the Fox News story fell apart nearly the moment it was published.

Hannity has told others at the network that Fox needs him more than ever since last month's departure of former star host Bill O'Reilly.

Jim Hoft, publisher of the Gateway Pundit, told CNN he would not back down from the story.

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The episode is the culmination of a long trend at Fox, which began as an antidote to perceived liberal bias and has devolved into a cesspool of anti-immigrant hysteria, climate-change denial, cultist support for President Donald Trump and assaults on "elites", including legitimate news operations. "Obviously there's more to cover there".

On Sunday's "Fox and Friends", Newt Gingrich also parroted Wheeler's false report, saying: "We have this very odd story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments". And like Trump, if he wants it to be true and it's politically convenient for it to be true, it magically becomes true.

The public disclosure of the content of those DNC emails threw Hillary Clinton's campaign into turmoil during the 2016 election and led to the resignation of the chairwoman of the DNC, though they did not contain any extraordinary revelations. Dave Weigel has an awesome theory, backed by evidence he says was supplied by the Rich family itself.

Last week, both Fox News and a Fox affiliate in Washington, WTTG-TV, published and aired reports, sourced to private investigator Rod Wheeler, that said evidence showed Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks before his death. This is one of the most intriguing stories - conspiracy theory - to come out of Washington in the past year.

Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reported earlier this week that staff members and reporters at Fox News found Hannity's insistence that this story has merit to be "embarrassing" and "gross".

And while it might seem like the misleading information ricocheting in the far-right universe would have no larger impact, these websites and individuals have a large audience that comprises influential people.

In addition to Tulsi's resignation, the DNC claims it was hacked many important emails were stolen from their servers.

When pressed on this claim, Farenthold said that there is proof of it "circulating on the Internet".

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