5 Things About the Sean Hannity Seth Rich 'Conspiracy Theory' Boycott
Fox News host Sean Hannity is again in the crosshairs of liberal outrage after he presented a story about Seth Rich, the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who was gunned down in Washington, D.C., last July. Various sources have suggested that Rich was the source behind the DNC emails leaked to WikiLeaks that made a huge stir last summer. His family has denied the story.
After the liberal group Media Matters released a list of companies which advertise on Hannity's show, many advertisers announced they would boycott the show. Hannity announced he would go on vacation, and of course rumors flew that Fox News had cut its most famous host. Following the release of Bill O'Reilly, this seemed plausible.
Here are five things to know about the recent Sean Hannity scandal.
1. The Seth Rich story.
Last week, Fox News published a story reporting that Seth Rich had sent 44,053 DNC emails to WikiLeaks, citing a nameless federal investigator who reportedly had access to Rich's computer following the DNC staffer's death. The story also emphasized that while Rich's murder was ruled a "botched robbery," the killers did not take "his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch or necklace worth about $2,000."
But the Rich family requested that Fox News and other outlets pull such stories until there is evidence to support them. Fox News removed the story from their website Tuesday.
"The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting," the network announced in a statement on Tuesday. "Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards." The statement promised to continue to investigate the story and provide updates.
Hannity, on his radio show Tuesday, bolstered the story, adding that "this issue is so big now that the entire Russia collusion narrative is hanging by a thread." The argument goes that the DNC emails were leaked by the Russians, but if Rich was behind the leaks instead, the Russian collusion angle falls apart.
Hannity also promoted notorious Internet entrepreneur and hacker Kim Schmitz, better known as Kim Dotcom. The hacker claims to know for certain that Rich was the source behind the leaks, and released an official statement to that effect on Tuesday.
Hannity even went so far as teasing a "huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russia Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!" on Tuesday afternoon.