Fox News retracted a conspiracy theory on May 23 that it had been pushing for days, but Fox News host Sean Hannity kept pushing the debunked report (video below).
Fox News posted a retraction on its website:
On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed. We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.
Despite his own network's denial, Hannity used his radio program, "The Sean Hannity Show," to continue pushing the conspiracy theory that Rich was murdered because of a connection to WikiLeaks, notes Mediaite:
The family’s actually on the internet saying they want to find the truth. I feel so badly for this family, and what they have been through, and what they are going through. And my thoughts and prayers are with them.
This issue is so big now that the entire Russia collusion narrative is hanging by a thread. If in fact, take Seth out of it, there was a whistleblower within the DNC, a truth teller that actually was the source for WikiLeaks, and not Russia, working with the Trump campaign, these are questions that I have a moral obligation to ask.
Seth's brother, Aaron Rich, wrote a letter to Hannity's executive producer at Fox News, Porter Berry, on May 23, reports CNN:
Think about how you would feel losing a son or brother. And while dealing with this, you had baseless accusations of your lost family member being part of a vast conspiracy ... As the family, we would hope to be the first people to learn about any such evidence and reasons for Seth's death. It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people's agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth.
Aaron also asked Fox News not to rely on the conspiracy theories of Kim Dotcom, a controversial Internet entrepreneur whom Hannity has promoted as a source:
As such, we urge you to please, not provide a platform for a person who is known to have pushed false evidence in the past and not allow him to make a mistake like that here. Nobody wants to solve Seth's murder more than we do.
However, providing a platform to spread potentially false, damaging information will cause us additional pain, suffering and sorrow. By airing this information, you will continue to emotionally hurt us. We appeal to your decency to not cause a grieving family more pain and suffering by allowing your platform to be used by someone to drag our family name through the mud.
A representative for Fox News and Hannity would not comment to CNN, but Hannity did tweet on May 23;
I said publicly over and over to the Rich Family they are in my thoughts and prayers. I m trying to find the truth as the Mom Dad bro asked.