Sean Hannity returned to his Fox News show Tuesday night, opening his program with an extensive monologue promising updates on the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory.
Hannity has pursued the theory that DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered because of his links to Wikileaks, after Fox 5 published a (now retracted) report alleging the existence of evidence of communication between Rich and the website.
Despite the story’s retraction, push-back from authorities who believe Rich’s murder was a botched robbery, and pleas from Rich’s family to end the baseless speculation, Hannity continued to cover the conspiracy on his show.
After reportedly speaking with the family, Hannity said he would no longer be talking about the conspiracy last week — but on Tuesday’s episode, after returning from a Memorial Day break, Hannity led his show with it.
“I was asked by the family of the DNC staffer that was killed in July to pull back covering the story of the death because their son, and their family was hurting,” Hannity said at the top of his show. “I was honestly glad to accommodate them, because, as a father, I know that I would probably never recover if I lost one of my kids.”
Speaking beside a fiery graphic bearing the words “Liberal Fascism,” Hannity said that while he wanted to “respect the family’s wishes,” he would “not stop investigating.”
“The family wants the truth, and I think the country deserves the truth,” Hannity said.
“Now, I can report, I am making progress,” he added. “And we will have a lot more coming, probably sooner than later.”
Hannity then complained that he has been “labeled by liberals, members of the ‘destroy Trump media,’ as a conspiracy theorist,” before arguing that liberals are the true conspiracy theorists because of their focus on supposed ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“Now the funny thing is, I’m being called a conspiracy theorist because I dare to ask questions,” Hannity said. “As far as I know, by the way, I’m the only member of the media who has interviewed Julian Assange multiple times on radio, and right here on this TV show.”
Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has added fuel to the conspiracy by declining to reveal whether Rich was the source of the hacked DNC emails that Wikileaks published. He offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Rich’s killer, and has insinuated that those who feed information to Wikileaks face serious risks in doing so. Assange has also repeatedly insisted that Russia was not behind the DNC hacks, despite the overwhelming opinion of US intelligence agencies.
“Are we at a point in this country, that I can’t ask a question without being called a liar, a conspiracy theorist?” Hannity asked, before noting he is the subject of a boycott.
Hannity’s pursuit of the story comes not only in defiance of Rich’s family but also his own colleagues at Fox News. Last week, reports surfaced that Fox News staffers were embarrassed by his continued coverage, and Howard Kurtz made a point to reject the theory on his show.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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