Fox News host Sean Hannity apologized for retweeting a fake news story about John McCain in which, so went the caption, "globalist war criminal John McCain requested campaign donations from the Russians!"
Sean Hannity shares a tweet calling John McCain a "globalist war criminal" based on... Gateway Pundit. pic.twitter.com/LYbb00llHf— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 23, 2017
The exclamation point was there to show you that you should be outraged! But of course the information came from Gateway Pundit, sourcing "Reddit users" and rehashing a discredited 2008 non-story over a computer error. It's not the first time Hannity's been misled by the blog.
I retweeted an inaccurate article. My apologies to @SenJohnMcCain.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 23, 2017
My retweet of John McCain story I did say the words "if true". Gladly it turns out it was not true.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 23, 2017
Getting worked up as his apology rambled into a third tweet, Sean Hannity defended himself. Twitter, according to Hannity, is just a silly social media platform. He has a point, it's not like the president uses Twitter religiously as a crucial part of his communications strategy or anything.
I said "wow IF TRUE" specifically referring to the donation. It turned out to be "not true". THIS IS TWITTER!! https://t.co/tV6KtvHi0I— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 23, 2017
"THIS IS TWITTER!!" said Hannity. It's just for posting photos of your chicken sandwich, or musing about Taylor Swift's chicken sandwich, or spreading misinformation to serve a political agenda. Nothing serious.
John McCain's office hits Sean Hannity for sharing a “fake news story” about McCain.— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 23, 2017
Hannity's tweet appears to have been deleted. pic.twitter.com/PRA4Gv4EkB
Hannity's been bashing the media for years about being sloppy and inaccurate. Would've taken 30 seconds to figure out that GP story was fake— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) February 24, 2017
In related news, Gateway Pundit has been granted White House press credentials.