by Sharon Rondeau

(May 24, 2017) — In a tweet at approximately 3:36 PM EDT on Wednesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity disputed claims by the “Destroy Trump Media” that he was pressured to extend his condolences to the family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich.

“What I said came from my heart and from me, and NOBODY told me to say it,” Hannity wrote.

During his Tuesday night on-air statement touted as a major “announcement” in his coverage of the case, Hannity said he will cease to publicly report on the matter “for now.”

In tweets earlier that day, he said that his show’s advertisers were receiving a myriad of emails pressuring them to discontinue their sponsorship and that Fox was under considerable pressure to cancel the broadcast.

However, in a tweet on Tuesday night following the show, Hannity vowed to continue his investigation.  “Not giving up at all. I’m working harder than ever to get to the truth the family wants and deserves. Stay tuned,” Hannity tweeted.

As reportedly occurred with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Hannity said that Media Matters for America (MMFA) is attempting to convince advertisers to pull their support so as to “get me fired.”

On Wednesday, Hannity pointed out the media’s contradictory behavior based on the person’s political views:

Last week, Gateway Pundit released a “Media Matters playbook” apparently assembled during the presidential transition outlining methods by which Democrats will potentially regain the majority in Congress and win the White House in 2020.

One of the groups involved, American Bridge and an associated political action committee, reports a 2017 budget of $14.7 million and 146 staffers to “take on Donald Trump.”

“We will fight, every day,” reads a subheading on page 3 of the action plan.  Below it reads, “We are going to resist the normalization of Donald Trump.”

Page 4 outlines the goals to be achieved over the next four years.

Media Matters and other left-leaning outlets have called out Hannity for reporting about the Rich case beginning last week, when Detective Rod Wheeler announced new developments which he said led him to believe that Rich could have been in touch with WikiLeaks before his untimely death.

On Tuesday, Rich’s parents published an open letter in The Washington Post asking those delving into the case to “stop politicizing our son’s murder” and “peddle discredited conspiracy theories that Seth was killed after having provided WikiLeaks with emails from the DNC. Those theories, which some reporters have since retracted, are baseless, and they are unspeakably cruel.”

The mainstream media has insisted, “without evidence,” as it is wont to say about the findings of anyone now investigating the case, that the theory that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks is “debunked.”

A spokesman for the family has angrily told WND that anyone even suggesting the possibility “deserves a place in hell.”

On the same day that WikiLeaks began releasing emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, the U.S. intelligence community reported that it was confident that Russian government operatives breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) earlier that year and began interference in the U.S. electoral process in 2015.

The intelligence assessment reported that as a result of the breach, the Russians obtained thousands of emails from DNC leaders and provided them to WikiLeaks, which published them in July. The emails contained incriminating statements showing that Clinton was given preference during the 2016 Democrat primaries regardless of the will of the voters.

After Trump won the election, the media’s assertion became that “Russian hackers” changed the outcome of the election by providing the damaging emails to WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied that any “state party” was the source of the emails.

During his afternoon broadcast on Tuesday, Hannity’s remarks were different. In a summary of the segment appearing on his website, it states:

Why is it that where there is no evidence the Dems keep pushing? And where there is ample evidence they turn everyone away? What are they hiding? The MSM would like us all to forget that the DNC would not let their servers be reviewed after the ‘external’ hack. Why? Rich’s parents put out a thank to everyone for contributing to their gofundme efforts to find the murderers of their son. Rich’s brother, Aaron, set up the gofundme in March. These are not the family members who want this story to go quietly into the night. They want the truth.

Update, 6:03 p.m. EDT:  The Post & Email noted just after this article was published that ThinkProgress posted a link to an article by Judd Legum on a Twitter feed about Hannity stating that three companies have pulled their ads from the show.  The article begins:

Three advertisers have pulled their ads from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, following a week in which Hannity has stubbornly clung to a debunked conspiracy theory.

Through his Fox show and social media platforms, Hannity has pushed theory that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered last summer, was the source of the emails released by Wikileaks.

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  1. This ain’t the first time Hannity and Foxy TV cancelled significant news. Bob 68 and Cody said it well, and let me also remark.

    In this news report “Hannity denies being pressured…” Well, we can’t say that about the canceled Foxy TV show with Hannity and Lt. Zullo that was cancelled about a day from airing. Here Zullo was to reveal some updated info and evidence that Obama’s identity credentials were fraudulent. This happened a handful of years ago.

    Likewise, I recall a couple times when a caller on the Hannity Radio Show would inquire about
    Obama’s credentials he would “snap” at that them, “cut them off the air” and change topic.

    In Foxy News being mute about real news is it the result of upper management, advertisers,
    the Deep Dark State, or all-the-above? If and when the house of cards fall, what will they
    say then?

  2. The “federal investigator” referenced by Wheeler was also not identified, but you don’t seem to question that. Rather you take that as being completely true without question.

    However, considering that Wheeler now says that the Fox News report was “misleading,” anything coming from that report or Wheeler cannot be trusted.


    The truth is simple. Wheeler was looking to get more money for his investigation. He lied and he was caught. When threatened with a lawsuit by the family he quickly withdrew his lies. The problem is that conspiracy theorists can’t let it go once they get a taste of a juicy conspiracy.

    Why is it that you believe anything that people like Kim Dotcom says when he failed to produce his evidence as he promised?

  3. I think people are missing the point here. There is no conspiracy.

    Wheeler made false statements about the Seth Rich murder investigation that he quickly retracted. He admitted that he had never seen the Rich’s computer and that he did not even know where the computer was located.

    The FBI denied that they were involved in the murder investigation.

    Kim Dotcom claimed he was going to release evidence and then failed to do so.

    If Wheeler never makes the false statements to begin with then Hannity never keys in on the story at all.

    There is not one credible source for this conspiracy theory that Hannity started to promote. If I were an advertiser, I would not want to be associated with a hack like Hannity.

    1. The Post & Email has not characterized anything as a “conspiracy.” There are only questions which deserve answers.

      Has anyone identified the FBI representative who denied that the FBI is involved? Does the FBI normally make such admissions publicly?

  4. When advertisers Run the News, and the News bends to advertisers, a sanctions blockade is put around the people that amounts to starving the Population from the 1st Amendment. That is Economic Warfare against the Truth for the control through Lies.

    [3 advertisers have pulled their ads from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, following a week in which Hannity has stubbornly clung to a debunked conspiracy theory]

    America is no longer a democracy — never mind the democratic republic envisioned by Founding Fathers.

    Rather, it has taken a turn down elitist lane and become a country led by a small dominant class comprised of powerful members who exert total control over the general population — an oligarchy, said a new study jointly conducted by Princeton and Northwestern universities.

    One finding in the study: The U.S. government now represents the rich and powerful, not the average citizen, United Press International reported.

    In the study, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens,” researchers compared 1,800 different U.S. policies that were put in place by politicians between 1981 and 2002 to the type of policies preferred by the average and wealthy American, or special interest groups.

    Researchers then concluded that U.S. policies are formed more by special interest groups than by politicians properly representing the will of the general people, including the lower-income class.

    “The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” the study found.

  5. Quote from article:

    “Three advertisers have pulled their ads from Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, following a week in which Hannity has stubbornly clung to a debunked conspiracy theory.”

    When you own the media you can, “debunk”, anything just by saying it has been debunked. This was repeatedly used on all evidence of Obama’s identity fraud, and apparently with good results……so it continues to be repeated to discredit anything the left wants to discredit.