“THEY WANT THE TRUTH”
by Sharon Rondeau
“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.”
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.
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.
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.