Fox Quietly Retracts Seth Rich Conspiracy Story, Hannity Doubles Down [VIDEO]

Fox Quietly Retracts Seth Rich Conspiracy Story, Hannity Doubles Down [VIDEO]

Fox Quietly Retracts Seth Rich Conspiracy Story, Hannity Doubles Down [VIDEO]

The world remained focused on the horrendous terror attack in Manchester today. Meanwhile, Fox News quietly retracted their story about the shooting death of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Fox had dabbled in a conspiracy theory that Rich had shared information with WikiLeaks, and his death was in retribution.

Now Fox News has retracted that reporting. Here’s their statement:

On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article 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.

We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.

But Sean Hannity is not pulling back his horns on promoting this conspiracy. No, he’s just digging in. On his syndicated radio program on Tuesday, Hannity ripped into his critics, saying that, unlike his network, “I retracted nothing.”

Instead, Hannity is relying on the statements of an internet character who goes by the name of Kim Dotcom.

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And this:

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So who is Kim Dotcom?

He’s an internet entrepreneur who lives in New Zealand, and who’s wanted in the United States on racketeering charges. In 2012, Dotcom’s mansion was raided by New Zealand authorities to shutdown his Hong Kong-based file sharing company, where he was illegally uploading copyrighted material.

Kim Dotcom in a New Zealand court. Credit: Stuff.co.nz.

And this is the guy whom Sean Hannity thinks is credible?

Here’s Dotcom’s statement from his website regarding Seth Rich, which Hannity thinks is such a bombshell. Stop the presses!

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Yeah, that’s really convincing. And if you believe that, may I interest you in a bridge?

But Hannity is still hankering for Dotcom to appear on his program.  Meanwhile, Aaron Rich, Seth’s brother, has sent a letter to Hannity’s producer, pleading to keep Dotcom off Hannity’s program:

“Think about how you would feel losing a son or brother. And while dealing with this, you had baseless accusations of your lost family member being part of a vast conspiracy. . .”

“As the family, we would hope to be the first people to learn about any such evidence and reasons for Seth’s death,” he added. “It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people’s agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth.”

Moreover, many Fox News staffers are disgusted with Hannity. And a former Fox producer sent an email to the tech website Gizmodo, which reads in part:

Hannity has clearly gone off the rails, and is embarrassing himself on an hourly basis. In the past when this happened, an ‘adult’ would step in and put a stop to it. That adult was usually Bill Shine or Roger Ailes. I don’t think there’s anyone left in the executive suite who can rein Hannity in. . . .

This is eerily reminiscent of what happened to Glenn Beck near the end of his Fox career. He was off in looney tunes conspiracy land. Roger told him to stop, but he wouldn’t. Advertisers started fleeing, and he was off the network a few months later.

Hannity may think he’s some sort of conservative hero, but he’s a legend in his own mind. He’s pulling down a network that’s been rocked by scandals and the recent death of its founder Roger Ailes. And if the advertisers decide that his brand is too much of an embarrassment, Hannity may soon go the way of Bill O’Reilly.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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