Sean Hannity apologizes for using fake news story to attack Obama
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Fox News anchor Sean Hannity apologized on Tuesday for referencing a fake news article on his radio show that claimed that Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ex-W.Va. official who made racist Michelle Obama remark defrauded ,000 from FEMA: report GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day MORE was deleting tweets about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE.

“Correction. Live on radio I read a gateway pundit report that @MichelleObama had deleted mentions of HRC,” Hannity tweeted. “And a listener said [President Obama] and ... Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren set to announce plan for universal child care: reports Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign MORE did same. Fact is they didn't. I humbly apologize. Live radio.” 

CNN Money reported that Hannity referenced an article on the site Gateway Pundit on his radio show that linked to a story from Your News Wire that falsely claimed that the first lady “scrubbed all references to Hillary Clinton from both of her Twitter accounts as news breaks that Clinton is under two different FBI investigations involving four FBI offices.”

"It says that Michelle Obama had deleted Hillary tweets from her timeline. Did you ever check that out?" Hannity asked his producer on “The Sean Hannity Show.”

According to CNN, a woman on the show later referenced a spin-off of the hoax, saying, "Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGovernment's misguided holiday to celebrate itself Virginia can be better than this Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket MORE and Elizabeth Warren have both unfollowed Hillary Clinton, as well as scrubbing their timeline of tweets about her."

"Wow," Hannity responded. "That means they know it's huge. You know why? Because Obama's implicated! He's implicated here, and he's pissed. You know what his legacy might be? Jail."

Hannity later downplayed the error in a statement to CNN.

"I received an e-mail LIVE ON THE AIR that linked a Gateway Pundit article,” Hannity wrote. “I questioned the accuracy of it on the air. I asked my producer on the air if it was true. She said it was. I also received a listener [instant message] saying that they saw the same. Then THE listener mentioned that there was a report about the other 2.

"Bottom line it was brought up in an insignificant way, I was dealing with more important issues like HRC crimes and lies and how CNN has been colluding with the Clinton campaign and CHEATING Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Booker seeks dialogue about race as he kicks off 2020 campaign Capitalism: The known ideal MORE."