Sean Hannity Feels The Heat

Fox News’ resident polemicist Sean Hannity is feeling the heat after his arrogant response to the fallout over a now-discredited story about the late DNC staffer Seth Rich.

In What the Hell is Going on with Sean Hannity and the Nutty Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory?!, John Ziegler explains the brouhaha:

“The “theory,” as best I can tell, is that, since the police have yet to find the culprit (I’m sure the police are also in on the conspiracy to protect the now powerless Hillary Clinton) Rich was murdered because he was the REAL source of the DNC emails which WikiLeaks used to disrupt the election. Forgetting for a moment that there is absolutely no evidence of this when there should be TONS of it by now, this brainfart doesn’t even make any sense on its face.

Let’s pretend that’s what really happened (LMAO). What exactly would be the motive for murdering Rich in the middle of a presidential election which you were widely expected to win?! So you are going to kill someone because they have created a political headache for you even though murdering them would obviously be a 10,000 times larger and more damaging scandal if it was ever found out?

Seriously Sean? I doubt even you are dumb enough to really believe that.”

On 05/23/17, Fox News retracted the story that set this brouhaha in motion:

“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.”

In response to the story’s retraction, Hannity refused to follow his employer’s lead:

“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.”

His reaction came hours after Fox News retracted a story regarding the 2016 killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after massive outcry over sharing conspiracy theories about the 2016 shooting death.”

In response to a critic, Jonah Goldberg describes Hannity’s behavior this way:

Stephen Hayes tweeted his own response to the controversy:

Via AllahPundit, here is the letter that the family of Seth Rich sent to Hannity’s producer:

From CNN, 05/22/17:

“Fox News staffers expressed frustration on Monday that on-air personalities at their network like prime time host Sean Hannity are continuing to peddle a conspiracy theory about the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. “I’m disgusted by it,” one Fox News employee told CNN.

. . . Hannity, who stresses he’s not a journalist, posted a flurry of tweets pushing the theory over the weekend.

. . . Multiple Fox News employees told CNN that Hannity, who declined to comment, and others were hurting the credibility of the outlet by continuing to advance the theory, for which there is no real evidence.

“It is disappointing because it drags the rest of us down,” said a senior Fox News employee, who asked how Fox News leadership could continue to allow Hannity to spread an unproven theory on the network.

Another Fox News employee said he feels that Hannity isn’t letting go of the Rich story because he wants to “distract from any and all Trump scandals.”

“It hurts those of us who are legitimately focused on journalism,” added the first employee.”

In a 05/23/17 post at Hot Air, AllahPundit writes, “Will Hannity still be allowed to pursue the Kim Dotcom angle on his show tonight [05/23/17] or is Fox management calling off the dogs entirely on this story?”

Apparently Fox management is calling off the dogs. From

“Sean Hannity announced tonight [05/23/17] on his Fox News show that he will no longer discuss the July 2016 murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich — for now, anyway.”

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  • Par4Course

    There’s at least as much evidence for the Seth Rich murder theory as for the “Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election” meme that the Media/Democrats have been relentlessly harping about for the past few weeks.

    • Retired military

      You mean months don’t you.
      BTW David, HotAir and Allahpundit have been decidedly AntiTrump for awhile now. Also it looks like FOX news (under new management) is going more liberal and as a result is losing viewership and marketshare (who would have thunk it). As far as the Clown News Network LOL. Why not post something from the NY Times or WAPO while you are at it.

      I see no article from David talking about Obama and company illegally surveilling the US public which seems to me to be a much bigger story. Or Obama knowingly letting in MS13 gang members.

      Funny how none of the sources that David uses even mentions these stories. Oh yeah. They aren’t DNC Talking points

    • Constitution First

      Seth Rich was murdered. It is overwhelmingly clear it wasn’t robbery. The two choices are: The DC cops are just that incompetent, or they have been ordered not to solve the case.


        :…or they have been ordered not to solve the case.?

        By Whom?

        • labar

          Gosh! Now just who could’ve possibly given the order for the DC police to forego investigating the murder of Seth Rich? Probably that lady who was going to be our first pantsuit president.

          I’m sure the DNC told the DC Police Chief that it was guaranteed that Hillary was going to become POTUS, and when that happened she’d use everything at her disposal to destroy those who don’t follow orders.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Let me guess, you also believe in Pizzagate?

            It is so amusing, on the Internet, not only are the Clintons killers, but serial killers.

  • Retired military

    /yawn. Another DNC talking points thread from David. No surprise here.

    Question David. If the Seth Rich incident is nothing why does media Matters care if anyone covers it? Seems like if nothing were there they would either shut up and continue to let someone making a mistake continue to do so or else encourage them to continue to do what they are doing.

    Meanwhile we have a picture of David’s favorite republican.

    • jim_m

      The fact that Media Mutters covers it demonstrates that they believe that this can be turned into a propaganda tool against Trump. It is also that they want to silence ANY talk about how the DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks. Their narrative is that Trump colluded with the Russians, the Russians hacked the DNC and THEY gave them to Wikileaks.

      Of course there is no evidence that Trump colluded. There is no evidence that the Russians gave the emails to Wikileaks. and there IS evidence that just about every hostile government on the planet was in Hillary’s server. These things are what Media Mutters (and apparently David) wants to distract us from.

      • Retired military

        Meanwhile we have the following from the left side of the aisle

        Chelsea Clinton: “[We] carry multiple concerns in both our head and our heart. Just listening to the concerns around education and climate change, women’s health, child marriage, access to technology, all of those are of course interconnected. We have to focus on each of them in their interconnectedness.”
        I am surprised David doesn’t do an article with those talking points as well.

        • Sky__Captain

          I sincerely hope he doesn’t. That hurts just to read it. I guess the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

          • Retired military

            Neither did Dad’s body. 🙂

  • Retired military

    Let’s see. Who has more creditbility.

    CNN, the MSM, media matters OR

    Now who do I believe; more. Man, this is an easy decision.

  • Retired military

    Funny how t he new family spokesman for the Rich family has ties to the DNC and George Soros (but I repeat myself).

    • Brucehenry
      • Retired military

        Getting errors on my system here. Can you give me the gist of it Bruce?

        • Fuhgedaboutit, it’s a brucehemorrhoid link…

          • Retired military

            Rodney, I understand that Bruce is not appreciated by most posters on this site. At the same time he and I have civil conversations. I understand and accept that his thinking most of the time will not agree with mine. We agree to disagree on a lot of stuff. That doesn’t mean we cant have civil conversations.

          • Lie down with dogs…

          • Retired military

            Beats sitting there yapping at the dogs while they yap at you.

          • ..get up with fleas.

        • Brucehenry

          It’s just a funny article from Wonkette, nothing to prove a point or anything. One of my favorite comedy sites, very very liberal though.

  • Retired military

    While David waits with baited breath for some scrap of tenuous evidence of Trump Russia collusion to justify his antiTrump status during the election we can always remember we have one thing to be thankful for.

    Hillary still isnt President.

  • Retired military

    David here is the headline of your next thread

    Greg Gianforte: Fox News team witnesses GOP House candidate ‘body slam’ reporter

  • Wild_Willie

    Very funny that democrat’s like David all of a sudden wants concrete evidence to espouse any theories. I am still laughing. What a joke! ww

  • Retired military

    Another scandal for David’s intrepid investigation skills

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    Watch President Trump push Prime Minister Markovic of Montenegro aside at the NATO summit

  • Brian Brandt

    In addition to Hannity’s Seth Rich problem, didn’t some woman also recently accuse him of sexual harassment at a hotel?

  • labar

    John Ziegler isn’t someone I’d look to for the facts. A Podesta email said they needed to stop the leaks by making an example out of someone. Robby Mook seemed to be ready to orgasm at the thought of that taking place.

    The story has been denied by some people but it’s never been discredited. Wikileaks says Seth was their source. That’s never been proven to be a lie yet.

    • Makes me wonder if there’s strong strains of sadism/masochism in the upper ranks of the DNC.

      It’d explain a lot.