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Days after it was debunked, Fox News retracted on Tuesday an unfounded story it ran last week alleging that the 2016 death of a Democratic National Committee staffer may have been a murder in retaliation for communicating with the website WikiLeaks.
The network released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the May 16 story “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,” the statement said. “We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.”
The statement did not mention Hannity, who as recently as Tuesday afternoon had continued to share tweets about it. On Monday evening, he shared a link to a Daily Beast story reporting that other Fox News employees were dismayed by his embrace of the unfounded story and indicated that he had no regrets. “Very interesting,” he wrote. “My heart is not troubled in the least.”
Rich’s family thanked Fox for retracting the story in a statement sent through a spokesman on Tuesday.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: thesaneone
I saw plenty of people hopping on board with this story around the forums, I wonder where they are now? Can they admit that they are just as susceptible to fake news as anyone else seeing as how they believed in a fake story here?
originally posted by: Southern Guardian
a reply to: Grambler
However, the claim that this has been debunked is laughable.
When even Fox news has to back out of this story you would have to have your head in the sand to continue running with it.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Grambler
Because these Fox reporters didn't vet their source, every story critical of Trump citing an anonymous source is also unvetted? That doesn't sound very reasonable to me.
And what about the Rod Wheeler shenanigans? Rod Wheeler is claiming that the same reporters also are the source of the false claims that he made to a Fox affiliate and later to Sean Hannity. I smell a conspiracy at Fox to fabricate a story.
People should be fired.