Fox News recently retracted a story regarding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich that peddled a theory Rich was killed for political purposes.
Rich was shot and killed in 2016 in what authorities have concluded was an attempted robbery, but members of conservative media have since pointed to loose connections to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and WikiLeaks. Some also accused the media coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the investigation into potential collusion between President Trump’s administration and the Russia government of being a coverup in connection to Rich’s death.
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity addressed this and more on Tuesday, as he had spent a lot of time pushing the conspiracy theory.
Hannity said on his radio show that he “retracted nothing.” Though he acknowledged the family’s hurt, Hannity said that any possible connections between a possible DNC leaker, Rich or someone else and WikiLeaks raised questions that he had “a moral obligation to ask.”
Following the segment, Hannity aggressively tweeted out his thoughts about the grieving family, his intention to pursue the story and his theory that liberals were trying to discredit him:
Hannity’s tweets carried into Wednesday morning. He thanked his followers for their support: