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24 May 2017 06:32 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Sean Hannity (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Sean Hannity took a while to come around, but finally, he did, kind of.

There was a conspiracy theory story floating around about the shooting of a staff member of the DNC, and Fox News ended up retracting it. However, Hannity initially said he would not stop promoting the conspiracy angle. Eventually, though, the family of the victim demanded that he stop, and he eventually did.

Seth Rich, the staff member in question, had been with the Democratic National Committee for a little over a year when he was fatally shot on July 10 of last year near his home in Washington D.C.

The DNC and staff members of Hillary Clinton had been hacked during the election campaign, and WikiLeaks leaked some of the private communication.

Julian Assange implied in an interview last year that Rich had been one of the "whistleblowers" but never clarified his comment. A Fox station and Hannity were told recently by private investigator Rod Wheeler that they had "tangible evidence" that WikiLeaks and Rich and been in communication before the murder, and Hannity, of course, ran with it.

On Tuesday morning, though, Fox News had a change of heart about running with the information and posted a statement.

"On May 16," it read, "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."

Hannity, though was unfazed. He said that his heart was "not troubled in the least" and that he would continue to run with the conspiracy theory that Rich had been murdered by political operatives because of his communication with WikiLeaks.

"I am not Fox.com or FoxNews.com," he said on his radio show. "I retracted nothing."

He then tweeted about an announcement regarding Rich.

"Huge announcement tonight about Seth Rich, Trump/Russian Collusion corrupt media, the liberal effort to silence me. And my future at Fox!" he wrote.

Earlier in the week, he had tweeted, "Congress, investigate Seth Rich Murder! @JulianAssange made comments u need to listen to! If Seth was wiki source, no Trump/Russian collusion."

However, by the time his show aired, Hannity was singing a different tune.

"Now I want to say something. I totally, completely understand how upset, how hard this is on this family, especially over the recent coverage of Seth's death," he told his audience.

He then added that "out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time."

But while he refrained from hammering away at the connection, he still wanted to push his conspiracy theory.

"There are so many issues here, not the least of which is the Democratic push of their Russia narrative: collusion Trump Russia narrative, Trump/Russia narrative. There is something clearly happening here," he said. "The Destroy Trump media, the Democrats, they have been pushing that Russian tinfoil hat conspiracy theory with zero evidence."

Hannity then promised that he wouldn't stop doing his job and issued a warning about silencing him.

"Media Matters is attacking my advertising base, which is what we have called on this program 'liberal fascism.' I serve at the pleasure of Fox News Channel, and I am here to do my job every night. I'm under contract, as long as they seem to want me."

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