Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer

Hannity backs off story about murdered DNC staffer

Carla Harmon
May 24, 2017

Liz Crokin, a right-wing columnist and commentator who has been promoting the Seth Rich conspiracy theory on WorldNetDaily and elsewhere, appeared on "The Hagmann and Hagmann Report" last night, where she stated that the onus is on critics to disprove the right-wing conspiracy theory that Rich was murdered by the Democratic National Committee for leaking emails to Wikileaks. Hannity has in recent days promoted a debunked theory that Rich was killed in exchange for providing internal documents to Wikileaks, prompting statements of outrage from his family.

The story, which cited Fox News contributor and private investigator Rod Wheeler, included explosive allegations of a police coverup and claims of "tangible evidence" proving that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks prior to his death. And the degree of editorial scrutiny at Fox News isn't all that high to start with.

On his Tuesday radio show, Fox host Sean Hannity said he stands by the story.

Yet, Hannity is doing the opposite and continuing to push the story. A retraction is relatively unheard of at the 21st Century Fox-owned outlet.

He finished the segment with a string of theories he'd pushed about President Barack Obama, black boys murdered by police, and Richard Jewell. Wheeler said, among conflicting comments, that there is evidence of emails between Rich and WikiLeaks. Hannity frequently discussed the story on TV and online, and he seems to be sticking by it even after Fox's retraction. Bringing up that liberal watchdog Media Matters for America had targeted his advertisers, Hannity said there is a concerted effort to silence him and other conservatives.

"It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people's agenda rather than work with the family to learn the truth".

"Frankly", Bauman said, "I believe there's a special place in hell for the folks who are pushing the story". "We hope that Mr. Hannity will ... allow law enforcement to investigate this tragedy", the statement read. Twenty of the top 26 posts on r/the_donald, Trump supporters' de facto base of power on Reddit, pertained to Rich, with figures such as Scott Adams, Gavin McInnes, and yes, Sean Hannity, lending credence to the baseless assertion that Rich, and his slaying, were in any way related to the DNC leaks.

Hannity said Tuesday that he had corresponded with Rich's brother and that "out of respect for the family's wishes for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time".

"I want to say this to you", he continued, "my loyal audience, which is very important".

"I only got that from the reporter at Fox News", Wheeler told CNN at the time.

In the meantime, Hannity's entire Twitter profile is a testament to the power of confirmation bias in the form of rants against "sheep" and "snowflakes".

Dotcom, on the other hand, has has recently inserted himself into this situation, and claimed that he has irrefutable evidence that Rich was the Wikileaks source, and will be releasing some sort of statement on Tuesday, though it's now not clear what that will consist of. "I was involved", Dotcom tweeted on Saturday.

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