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It Begins: Hannity Loses First Advertiser Following Seth Rich Controversy

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Following nearly a week of publicizing a debunked conspiracy theory on the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, Fox News host Sean Hannity has seen his first advertiser flee.

According to BuzzFeed, Cars.com has pulled its advertising from Hannity following his recent pushing of the conspiracy.

Below is the statement provided to BuzzFeed:

“Cars.com’s media buy strategies are designed 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 fact that we advertise on a particular program doesn’t mean that we agree or disagree, or support or oppose, the content. We don’t have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase. In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity,” the company said.

Hannity said during his program last night that he wouldn’t talk about it for the time being out of respect for the family, who had pleaded with media outlets to no longer politicize Seth’s death. Liberal watchdog group Media Matters had also recently published a list of the show’s advertisers.

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