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Hannity Whines As Seth Rich Conspiracy Theories Spur Boycott

After a week in which he propagated conspiracy theories about the death of Seth Rich, Fox News host Sean Hannity now says that he’s the victim, pointing to an advertiser boycott effort against his primetime program.

Hannity’s Twitter missive came in response to Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group, publishing a list of advertisers for Hannity’s show and urging individuals to pressure those companies to drop their ads.

Hannity has been trading on conspiracy theories about the death of Seth Rich, an ex-Democratic National Committee staffer who was shot and killed last summer. His fodder was an erroneous story that claimed Rich had been in touch with Wikileaks at the time of his death.

Advertiser boycotts can be a very effective tactic – some have pointed to the advertiser boycott against Bill O’Reilly after sexual harassment revelations as having led to his ouster by Fox News.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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