Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fox News retracts bogus Seth Rich story, while Sean Hannity doubles down and declares he is "not Fox"

You might remember this conspiracy theory put out by Info Wars, the Russians, Sarah Palin, and Fox News suggesting that a young DNC staffer was murdered after sending incriminating materials about Hillary Clinton and the DNC to Wikileaks.

The story had earlier been debunked by Snopes, but for some reason the Right Wing resurrected it to distract from the ongoing Trump/Russia investigation.

Well yesterday Fox came to their senses and deleted their story and made this comment: 

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. 

Just a rare moment of journalistic integrity on their part, and Seth Rich's parents were quick to thank them for it 

Rich’s family said it was grateful for the story’s removal. 

“The family would like to thank Fox News for their retraction on a story that has caused deep pain and anguish to the family and has done harm to Seth Rich’s legacy,” the family said through a spokesman. “We are hopeful that in the future that Fox News will work with the family to ensure the highest degree of professionalism and scrutiny is followed so that only accurate facts are reported surrounding this case.”

The Daily Caller also removed their story:
However the story is still being spread on Right Wing news sites, and Sean Hannity has broken ranks with Fox to join with them in that endeavor.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

Fox News’s Sean Hannity ripped his critics and the mainstream media on his nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday, saying, “I am not or, I retracted nothing.”

"For those accusing me of pushing a conspiracy theory, you are the biggest phony hypocrites in the entire world," Hannity said Tuesday. 

“This issue, it’s so big now that the entire Russia collusion narrative is hanging by a thread,” he said, referencing media coverage of the investigations into the Trump campaign and possible ties to Russia's meddling in the presidential election last year. “If in fact, take Seth out of it, there was a whistleblower within the DNC — a truth-teller that was actually the source for WikiLeaks, not Russia — working with the Trump campaign. These are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask, and I will do the mainstream media’s job like I have most of my career.”

"I will do the mainstream media's job like I have most of my career?" WTF?

Hannity's bizarre fixation on this story has reportedly upset others working at Fox News: 

Staffers at the conservative Fox News Channel are blasting host Sean Hannity and others at the network for their "disappointing" choice to push conspiracy theories about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. 

"It hurts those of us who are legitimately focused on journalism," one employee told CNN. 

"We have a chance to turn the corner at Fox, and perpetuating this conspiracy theory damages our integrity," the employee continued.

This is odd, it is almost as if somebody is pushing Hannity to continue fanning this conspiracy theory who has more sway over him than his employers apparently do.

And as for his employment, I am beginning to think that Hannity's departure from Fox News is now imminent.


  1. Anonymous11:43 AM

    His family should sue Hannity that will shut him up. I am sure they can find an attorney will to do it pro bono.

    1. I think the family did threaten to sue Fox, hence the retraction and Sean losing his mind (and hopefully his job, soon). They need to go after him personally now if he doesn't knock it off.

    2. Anonymous1:23 PM

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  3. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Will enjoy seeing this piece of shit crash and burn.

  4. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Hannity needs to be fired from FOX! He's a jerk - matches perfectly w/Donald Trump. Two of a kind to say the least! Barf!!!!

  5. Anonymous1:09 PM

    OT?"James Comey may have intervened in the 2016 presidential election because he was misled by fake Russian document about an agreement between the Clinton campaign and the Department of Justice on whether or not Hillary Clinton revealed classified information with her use of email."according to the FBI’s own assessment, the document was bad intelligence — and according to people familiar with its contents, possibly even a fake sent to confuse the bureau.”If the FBI got fooled by a fake Russian intelligence document, they bear responsibility for Donald Trump currently residing in the White House."

    1. Anonymous3:15 PM

      Fuck you chaffetz:"“We got a communication yesterday, an email, just two lines basically telling us that they would not provide those documents given the FACT there was a special counsel now in place,”"

  6. Anonymous1:10 PM


    1. Anonymous1:52 PM

      "It is time for people to take to the streets and tell Republicans that they will pay"

    2. Anonymous2:26 PM

      Numbers don't lie:

    3. Anonymous3:33 PM

      1 Chart! Senator Warren:

  7. Anonymous1:18 PM


  8. Anonymous1:25 PM

    "“There’s still some question as to whether the intrusion of the DNC server was an insider job or whether or not it was the Russians,” he stated.

    “The insider job — what are you referring to here,” Berman shot back. “Because I hope it’s not this information that Fox News just refused to be reporting.”"

  9. Anonymous1:34 PM

    We can most assuredly imagine a new Faux news coming our way. Charlatans /cons always find somewhere to peddle their garbage to the ignorant and those lacking critical thinking skills.

  10. Anonymous2:07 PM

    However the story is still being spread on Right Wing news sites, and Sean Hannity has broken ranks with Fox to join with them in that endeavor.

    And they are using this (reposted to seem new) original video of the parents...

    ...thanking the people who donated to the Gofundme page:

    KO at GQ:

    ☮ ✋

  11. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Pulling Out:

  12. Anonymous2:18 PM

    "With Trump flailing and viewers fleeing, it was the perfect alternate-reality distraction." $ure Right! Divert>" Hannity did not retract any of his prior coverage or apologize for it, and he told viewers that he will remain in his job at Fox News: “I’m on contract, as long as they seem to want ME.”
    Evidently, they still want him."

  13. Randall3:48 PM

    "..legitimately focused on journalism.."???
    "...damages our integrity..."???

    Journalism? Integrity? At FoxNews???
    WHAT journalism, what integrity?
    Those two words mean as much as "fair" and "balanced" to the hacks at Faux "News"
    and it's a little late to pretend they have any integrity.
    They don't even have any shame.

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  15. Anonymous4:08 PM

    In response to the grieving parents begging for their beloved child to be left alone to rest in peace.... Hannity has declared he will double down on his conspiracy schtick.

    It takes a special kind of prick...

    Complain to the Murdochs and anyone else in a position to fire Hannity.

  16. When Hannity is kicked out on his "ear", where will he go?

    Glenn Beck or InfoWars?

    I can truly understand some at Fox News seeing the recent house cleaning as a chance at becoming respected journalists and being taken seriously, instead of being the butt of late night comedians. Sean is fucking with their hopes and dreams.

    Yeah, I think his days are numbered.


    "Companies started pulling advertisements from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday as he continued promoting a conspiracy theory about Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s death. "

    Gee, they're not even waiting for customers to threaten to boycott them anymore.

    ", the automotive classifieds site, was the first to release a statement on its decision to remove ads."
    "At-home exercise company Peloton followed suit later Wednesday afternoon, saying it decided to pull advertisements from “Hannity” in response to complaints on Twitter. "
    "Leesa Sleep, an online mattress retailer, became the third advertiser to drop out. "
    "Casper, another online mattress retailer, also confirmed it was shifting its Fox News ad buys.

    Late Wednesday, three additional advertisers said they would no longer run ads on Hannity’s program. Ring, a video doorbell company, told BuzzFeed News its ads “do not indicate Ring’s endorsement of the content that runs on a show,” but said it would cease airing any ads on Hannity’s show effective immediately.

    USAA, a financial services company for military members and their families, said on Twitter the company had changed its policy and would not run advertisements on opinion shows. Crowne Plaza Hotels also told BuzzFeed ads that ran on Fox News appeared in error and there would be no more airing in the immediate future."

    "The move by and Peloton to pull advertising mimics the start of a massive advertiser boycott that plagued Fox News host Bill O’Reilly..."

    Won't be long now.


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