In the early days of COVID-19, Fox News was accused of not taking the pandemic seriously enough. The network fired anchor Trish Regan for calling the pandemic a hoax and removed contributors Diamond and Silk for spreading Coronavirus conspiracy theories.
In early April, the New York Times published a piece on a regular Fox News watcher who died of COVID-19 after taking a cruise to Spain in the midst of the pandemic. Sean Hannity was mentioned in the article. The Fox host is now demanding that the Times retract this story saying that they ,”all but accused me of murder.”
In the Ginia Bellafante article about Brooklyn bar owner Joe Joyce, she wrote, “Early in March Sean Hannity went on air proclaiming that he didn’t like the way that the American people were getting scared ‘unnecessarily.’ He saw it all, he said, ‘as like, let’s bludgeon Trump with this new hoax.'”
During his Monday broadcast, Hannity told his audience:
“The same people now accusing the president, even yours truly pretty much of murder, killing people who passed away from the coronavirus, when nothing could be further from the truth. What they wrote was false, it is provably false, and rather than do the ethical, honest, ‘journalistic’ thing which would be correct and that’s to retract and apologize, they secretly stealth edited their mistake. To me, an admission of guilt. The stealth addition rendered their phony headline false.”
The New York Times says there will be no retraction. A spokesperson for the paper said, “We’ve reported fairly and accurately on Mr. Hannity and there is no basis for a retraction or an apology.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.