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Sean Hannity's Seth Rich Obsession Just Cost Him An Advertiser

Sean Hannity's Seth Rich Obsession Just Cost Him An Advertiser

"Cars.com's media buy strategies are created to reach as many consumers as possible across a wide spectrum of media channels", a spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News when asked about Hannity's pushing the conspiracy theory.

The May 16 FoxNews.com report claiming proof of Rich's involvement in the DNC email leaks was used by Trump defenders to deflect growing concerns on Capitol Hill and among current and former intelligence officials about the nature of contacts during the campaign between Trump's circle and figures with ties to Vladimir Putin's regime in Russian Federation. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Washington DC police suspect Seth Rich was gunned down in a botched robbery. Some Trump supporters have been pushing a supposed WikiLeaks connection to counter stories about Russian involvement in the last election.

"Our beloved son Seth Rich was gunned down in the early hours of July 10, 2016, in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Bloomingdales", his parents recently wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post. From that bit of nothing, Hannity speculated that Rich was murdered for his role in the Wikileaks affair. "With every conspiratorial flare-up, we are forced to relive Seth's murder and a small piece of us dies as more of Seth's memory is torn away from us". However, in his broadcast later that night, he said that he would stop speaking about Rich's death out of respect for his family.

"We're right, they're wrong", he said. The network said it will continue to investigate the story and provide updates as warranted. "I'm not saying I have answers yet, but I'm digging deep, and I have a lot more information than all of you do at this point".

Of course, Media Matters did have something to do with sponsors' flipping on Hannity when they published a list of Hannity's advertisers, a move that Hannity described to Huffington Post as a "kill shot" campaign supported by TODAY, George Soros, and Hillary Clinton.




Last month, Bill O'Reilly was sacked from Fox News after scores of advertisers cut off ties with his show in the wake of a scathing New York Times report that claimed he sexually harassed several women.

Hannity is now the second Fox News to be targeted by advertisers this year, after over 90 companies dropped advertising on Bill O'Reilly's show The O'Reilly Factor over allegations of sexual harassment.

Hannity, however, said he won't be silenced by "liberal fascism" and is "working harder than ever to get to the truth the family wants and deserves". Kelly and Van Susteren now both work for NBC News.

However, CNN reported that Hannity did face pressure from the network, citing unnamed sources at Fox.

Some advertisers have announced plans to remove ads from Hannity's show after he continued to spin a conspiratorial narrative about the death of a former Democratic National Committee staffer last summer.

Peloton, a purveyor of exercise bikes, tweeted its decision directly to Hannity, Fox News and others: "We directed our media agency to stop advertising on Sean Hannity's show. this will take a few days to take effect".


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