FOX News retracts, but Hannity persists

Photo: Anthony Moretti 11Jan2017

An excerpt from today’s Morning Media NewsFeed, which is produced by AdWeek:

One week after Fox News published a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, one that was debunked hours later by the very source cited in the story, Fox News has offered a retraction. (Fishbowl)

For the last few days, the network and its affiliates have given air to the unsubstantiated theories that Rich was killed over his supposed connections to WikiLeaks, instead of being killed in a botched robbery. Fox 5 retracted a report advancing the theories last week. (Mediaite)

Fox’s statement read: “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 statement read. “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.” The retraction comes after a personal appeal from Rich’s family and a public outcry from media observers. (Poynter)

Law enforcement officials have said that Rich’s computer and email activity have been examined and suggest nothing that would connect him to WikiLeaks—which, 12 days after Rich’s death, published 20,000 emails that embarrassed former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the DNC, and forced the ouster of its chairwoman. In recent days, Fox’s Sean Hannity has continued to suggest Rich’s death was a coverup. He and others have latched on to the idea that Rich—not Russia—was the source of the massive DNC email leak. (WaPo)

On Twitter, Hannity has been unapologetic about his focus on Rich’s murder. Newt Gingrich discussed the case on Fox And Friends on Sunday, and Geraldo Rivera, a correspondent at large, tweeted about it on Monday. (NYT)

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