Will this be what brings down Sean Hannity? Hannity has long been a staple of Fox News, having hosted or co-hosted a program for decades.
Lately, however, as just the latest flashpoint of controversy surrounding the host, Hannity has been peddling a conspiracy theory that states that the recently murdered Seth Rich, who worked at one point for the Democratic National Committee, was the one responsible for leaking the Democratic Party’s emails to Wikileaks.
Concurrent to this assertion, Hannity and others have suggested that Russia was not the entity responsible for taking the emails from the Democratic Party and leaking them to the public.
Of course, without even considering any part of the story of Seth Rich, there is the issue that the United States intelligence community has produced mountains of evidence implicating Russia in the thefts of the emails in question from the Democratic Party.
Additionally, however, there is simply no evidence at all for Hannity’s assertion that Seth Rich was the one who leaked the Democratic Party’s emails to Wikileaks. Rich’s July 2016 shooting death is still under investigation, and an ex-cop who claimed to have had evidence of Rich’s communications with Wikileaks has been discredited by the police themselves.
It’s an even farther cry than Hannity’s initial assertion to suggest that the Washington, D.C., police force is actively involved in the cover-up of Rich’s murder, although Hannity evidently has no problem implying as much at the very least. On Tuesday, Fox News retracted the story on their website suggesting a link between Rich’s death and Wikileaks, but Hannity doubled down, saying that he’s “not Fox” and “hasn’t retracted anything.”
Now, as this controversy continues to unfold, with Rich’s family even getting involved and begging Hannity to stop pushing these unfounded claims, Hannity has posted a certainly noteworthy tweet.
He wrote on Tuesday evening: “Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!”
Is Sean Hannity preparing to leave Fox News? This tweet certainly suggests that his future at Fox is in question. There have, notably, been a number of pushes for advertisers to pull out of Hannity’s show, and the same kind of thing predicated Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the network.
For now, however, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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