Companies pull ads from Sean Hannity's show on Fox News
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 17:33
An online campaign calling for advertisers to drop Hannity's show or face a consumer boycott sprung into motion after Hannity promoted a conspiracy theory about the death of a former Democratic National Committee staffer.
Hannity had been one of the main purveyors of a widely discredited theory that DNC staffer Seth Rich was shot and killed near his home in Northwest Washington previous year because he had supplied DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
Fox News retracted its own story on the matter, saying "the article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny", and that "upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards".
We dont have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase, the company said.
"We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted", the statement added.
A spokesperson for Fox News didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. And I will do the mainstream media's job like I have most of my career. It's the same pattern that preceded Bill O'Reilly's unceremonious exit from Fox News. The statement said that those "who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish", according to Variety.
Hannity told HuffPost that Fox News never pressured him to stop discussing the story.
Hannity, unsurprisingly, has been extremely vocal about the "attacks" against him on Twitter, blaming them on his political enemies, and especially frequently cited liberal boogeyman George Soros. "Spoke to many advertisers".
On Wednesday, Hannity blasted his liberal critics as other advertisers followed Cars.com's example, and asserted that "this is an attempt to take me out".
The first advertiser has 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.
Here's the full statement provided to us by Cars.com.
Several staffers have also questioned why Fox News leadership continued to allow Hannity to spread an unproven theory on the network.