Hannity Teases Big Announcement About ‘My Future at Fox’

hannity Sean Hannity continues to promote the baseless conspiracy theory about Seth Rich‘s murder, even after Fox News retracted its story on it, and now Hannity is teasing a “huge announcement” about his future at the network: The Rich family demanded that Fox and Hannity stop spreading this, and even though his network retracted it today, Hannity is still going. He said on the radio today that he feels “so badly” for the family but is going to keep digging despite being specifically requested by Rich’s brother to stop. Now, there’s some important context here to note. The last time Hannity teased he would have something to say about Fox––after the departure of Bill Shine––it was basically one giant troll Continue reading "Hannity Teases Big Announcement About ‘My Future at Fox’"

Fox News Retracts Story About Seth Rich Murder Conspiracy

fox_news_logo1-300x198 Fox News released a statement on Tuesday, where they announced that they are backing away from their previous reports about the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich. 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 from last week which advanced the conspiracy theories, and today, Fox News put this statement on their website:
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 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. We will continue to Continue reading "Fox News Retracts Story About Seth Rich Murder Conspiracy"

‘Think About How You Would Feel’: Brother of Seth Rich Implores Hannity to Scrap Segment

hannity The brother of murdered former DNC staffer Seth Rich has penned an open letter imploring Sean Hannity to cancel an interview scheduled on Tuesday night’s show with a hacker who is claiming Rich was involved in the DNC leak. In a letter to Hannity’s executive producer Porter Berry, Aaron Rich — brother of Seth — implored Berry and Hannity to call off a planned interview with hacker Kim Dotcom, who claims to be able to prove Rich’s involvement in the leak. Over the Rich family’s continued objection, Hannity, as well as other conservative shows and websites, have continued to push the debunked theory that Rich was murdered because he was involved in the DNC leak, and not the victim of a botched robbery. Aaron Rich says he was approached privately by Dotcom. Rich requested that Dotcom present any evidence privately and have it verified by law enforcement before Continue reading "‘Think About How You Would Feel’: Brother of Seth Rich Implores Hannity to Scrap Segment"

Rumors of Fox News Death Greatly Exaggerated: Ratings Still Strong for May

fox_news_logo1-300x198 Fox News certainly finds itself in a situation of flux in the wake of Bill O’Reilly‘s departure and adjustments to its prime time line-up, but the network is far from being out for the count. The cable news outlet slid to third in the 25-54 age demographic during a recent period of five days, its worst showing since June 2000. During the first two weeks of May 2017, however, Fox News led its competitors at CNN and MSNBC in key areas. During the week of May 1, which was the debut week for the line-up on the network, FNC was the most-watched cable news network over the total day for the 18th straight week, according to Nielsen data released on May 9. The cable outlet continued its streak into a 19th week, according to Nielsen ratings revealed on May 16. According to a May 16, 2017 TVNewser article, Continue reading "Rumors of Fox News Death Greatly Exaggerated: Ratings Still Strong for May"

Tucker Carlson Fawns Over Harvard Study Two Weeks After Calling Its Authors ‘Political Hacks’

Proud anti-anti-Trumper Tucker Carlson has a complicated relationship with Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, which has been studying news coverage of the 2016 election. First, on May 5, Carlson had former Hillary Clinton adviser Peter Daou on his Fox News broadcast to discuss coverage of Clinton and Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. In response to Daou’s citing of a Shorenstein report that both candidates received overwhelmingly negative coverage, Carlson was incredulous, and slammed the Harvard study: “These independent studies are done by political hacks posing as journalists,” Carlson said. “The Shorenstein Center? I mean, let’s be, I am a journalist, I sort of know the people who work there. And you’re not going to tell me — because again, I know them — that they’re politically independent? Because they’re not.” “These people don’t like Trump,” he added. Watch the video above, via Fox News. Of course, Carlson’s vehement rejection of Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Fawns Over Harvard Study Two Weeks After Calling Its Authors ‘Political Hacks’"

‘ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SH*T?!’ Fox News Staffers Reportedly Embarrassed by Seth Rich Coverage

C__mXR_VYAAKRW3 Fox News staffers are embarrassed and angered by the cable news network’s continued coverage of the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory, according to The Daily Beast. The conspiracy — that slain DNC staffer Seth Rich was killed because he gave emails to Wikileaks — received renewed attention last week, after Fox 5 ran a story in which Rod Wheeler, a private investigator and Fox News contributor, claimed to have evidence of communications between Rich and Julian Assange’s website. A number of right-wing websites — including FoxNews.com, Breitbart and the Drudge Report — ran with the story, which fell apart shortly after it was published, when Wheeler confessed he had no actual evidence to support his claims. Washington D.C. police believe Rich was killed in a botched robbery, and the family has repeatedly asked news outlets to stop exploiting their son’s death for political ends. But that didn’t Continue reading "‘ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SH*T?!’ Fox News Staffers Reportedly Embarrassed by Seth Rich Coverage"

‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed

Screen Shot 2017-05-22 at 5.04.58 PM Following the death of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes last week, tributes were offered in print and on air both from likely, and perhaps unlikely, sources. But in the opening paragraph of a New York Times op-ed out Monday, Monica Lewinsky said that she did not plan to have her piece serve as another Ailes obituary. “It is, I hope, instead an obituary for the culture he purveyed — a culture that affected me profoundly and personally,” Lewinsky wrote. Calling it a “culture of exploitation,” Lewinsky blasted the environment at Fox News and other cable news outlets — where salacious Lewinsky coverage turned out to be a ratings dream. “Their dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote. “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings.” Lewinsky, in the piece, referenced the apology Continue reading "‘Culture of Exploitation’: Monica Lewinsky Rips Roger Ailes and Cable News in NYT Op-Ed"