Sean Hannity Loses at Least 5 Advertisers After Promoting Conspiracy Theory
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 1:26
The decision took Hannity off a potential collision course with his network, which earlier Tuesday had removed a week-old story about the case from its website because "it was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting".
"We don't have the ability to influence content at the time we make out advertising purchase".
Fox right-wing "family values" talking head Bill O'Reilly lost his job after multiple women charged him with sexual harassment, causing advertisers to flee the show.
Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox's once stable and powerful prime-time lineup, has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him.
Sean Hannity is refusing to punt on his report linking Seth Rich to Wikileaks, despite outrage from his family. "Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish", a spokesperson said in a statement. The "Hannity" host told viewers he was taking previously scheduled time off for the holiday weekend, but joked on Twitter that he expected speculation about possibly being fired. Hannity promoted the idea via Twitter and vowed to follow it through, even as Fox posted an official retraction and law enforcement said there was no proof of the theory.
Ring told BuzzFeed News in a statement: "We are always evaluating and monitoring our advertisements to ensure they align with the Ring brand".
Hannity has come under fire for spreading a conspiracy theory linking Rich's killing to Wikileaks. "We have no plans to advertise on Fox News for the foreseeable future".
But Hannity hasn't yet hemorrhaged as many advertisers as O'Reilly did.
The left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters published a list of Hannity's sponsors on Tuesday - a move many interpreted as a call to boycott his show.