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Tue May 23, 2017, 09:46 PM May 2017

Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on

A controversial Fox News report about the death of a Democratic National Committee employee last summer — a story that had fueled a conspiracy theory that rocketed across right-wing media, but reportedly embarrassed some of the network’s staffers — was retracted by the network Tuesday afternoon.

The report attempted to tie the death of data analyst Seth Rich — who was shot in what Washington police believe was a botched robbery attempt — to the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks, which began publishing them two weeks later. The implication, spelled out most directly by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was that Rich had provided the emails and was assassinated in retaliation or as part of a coverup. The theory was taken up by right-wing sites like Breitbart and Infowars, and pushed by Fox’s Sean Hannity both on the air and on Twitter.

Hannity continued to push the story on Twitter even as Fox News was publishing its retraction.

“On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich,” read the statement. “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.”


What a total asshole. Time for him to go.

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Fox News retracts Seth Rich conspiracy story as Hannity vows to press on (Original Post) Zorro May 2017 OP
Hannity, the 1990s called; it wants its failed Clinton murder conspiracy smear tactic back. Beartracks May 2017 #1
"...the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for our reporting." teezy May 2017 #2
Hannity feels the walls of reality closing in. oasis May 2017 #3


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2. "...the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for our reporting."
Tue May 23, 2017, 10:04 PM
May 2017

Yeah, the world can see how high those standards are during the comparisons between actual news and FOX news spins of actual news.

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