Hannity Continues Pushing Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory After Fox News Retracts Story






A week after publishing a thinly sourced, conspiracy-peddling article that linked slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to Wikileaks, Fox News has issued a retraction and removed the story from its website.
The network’s statement, however, did not mention Fox’s television programming, where prominent commentator Sean Hannity has repeatedly pushed the conspiracy theory since the story published. Hannity was still peddling the theory on Twitter just before the retraction was published, urging his followers to read a post from hacker Kim Dotcom that claimed Rich had definitive links to WikiLeaks. Earlier this week, CNN reported that Hannity had invited Kim Dotcom on his show.




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Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story






Fox News and its Washington, D.C., affiliate, Fox 5, are standing by their conspiracy-mongering reports that slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was connected to WikiLeaks before he was shot to death in July ― even as those stories fall apart.
Fox News and Fox 5 published separate stories about the supposed links on Tuesday. But since then, the main source has changed his story, D.C. police and the FBI have disputed the most explosive claims, and Rich’s family has called on the network and station to issue retractions, saying that “inaccurate reporting” is “damaging the legacy” of Rich, a 27-year-old DNC staffer who was slain as he walked to his D.C. home.
Fox News isn’t budging.
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Fox Pushes WikiLeaks Murder Conspiracy From Man Who Warned Of Armed Lesbian Pedophiles






Fox News and the network’s affiliate in Washington, D.C., are advancing a conspiracy theory about the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, suggesting in two stories on Monday that Rich’s slaying may be the result of his supposed links to WikiLeaks.
The only named source in both stories is Rod Wheeler, a former Washington Metro Police investigator and Fox News contributor who has previously claimed that “a national network” of armed lesbians was roaming the country and sexually assaulting children. Despite his history of unreliable and unverified claims, it does not appear either Fox 5 or Fox News independently verified the sources he cited.
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ESPN Reporters Say They’re Not Going To ‘Stick To Sports’






After another round of layoffs hit top talent at ESPN late last month, conservative pundits were quick to blame the company’s struggles on its perceived slide into liberalism.
The network’s coverage of athletes like Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player ever selected in the NFL draft, and Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback who knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season, supposedly turned off conservative viewers who want ESPN’s coverage to just “stick to sports.”
But Jeremy Schaap and Bob Ley, two of the network’s longest-tenured television reporters and news hosts, say they aren’t interested in doing that.
Ley, who has worked at ESPN since its inception in 1979, even sees a tinge of hypocrisy in the criticism that the company is “too political. Continue reading "ESPN Reporters Say They’re Not Going To ‘Stick To Sports’"

No, ESPN’s Layoffs Aren’t A Result Of Its ‘Politicization’ Of Sports






ESPN’s decision to lay off as many as 100 people on Wednesday, while expected, set off rounds of media commentary about the company’s future. Some on the political right saw the layoffs as a symptom of a specific problem: what they perceive as ESPN’s “politicization of sports” and its “too liberal” political stances.
In this view, ESPN’s coverage of events like LGBTQ athletes coming out and Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest and its occasional refusal to “stick to sports” have turned off droves of viewers looking for an escape from the real world.
No one trumpets this view louder than Clay Travis, a Fox Sports writer who was back at it on Wednesday morning. ESPN’s collapse, Travis wrote, has been “aided” by its turn toward liberal politics.
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ESPN To Lay Off More Than 100 Employees — Many Of Them Familiar Names






The sports cable behemoth ESPN began a round of layoffs on Wednesday morning that could ultimately lead to more than 100 job losses, according to media reports.
The layoffs are expected to primarily affect on-air radio and television talent, including some of the network’s most notable names. “Around 50 names you will recognize; another 50 you may not,” author James Miller, who has long chronicled the Worldwide Leader, tweeted Wednesday.
Layoffs have been looming at ESPN for months as the network continues to lose cable subscribers, who provide much of its monthly and annual revenue. ESPN lost more than 1 million subscribers last October and November alone, as audiences’ changing cable and streaming habits cause shifts in the broader industry. ESPN said in a quarterly earnings report last year that it Continue reading "ESPN To Lay Off More Than 100 Employees — Many Of Them Familiar Names"

Fox Uses Donald Trump To Promote USA-Mexico Soccer Match


The United States Men's National Team will take on Mexico on Saturday night in a match that has already been billed as one of the most important contests between North American soccer's biggest rivals.
The match determines which team will earn a berth into the 2017 Confederations Cup, a pre-World Cup tune-up tournament that embattled USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said is vital to the Yanks' preparations for Russia in 2018. 
With all of that on the line, the match doesn't need much help in the hype department. And yet, in an effort to promote it, Fox, which will air it in the U.S., turned to Donald Trump, the business mogul and Republican presidential hopeful who has based his campaign on derogatory language aimed at Mexican immigrants.


The Fox ad follows another one from TV Azteca, the Mexican network that will air the match south of the
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