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 ObamaGeorge W. Bush: 'It's a problem that Americans are so polarized' they can't imagine him being friends with Michelle Obama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause Biden, Obamas and celebrity guests announce coronavirus vaccination TV special MORE was deleting tweets about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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 WarrenWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents 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 ObamaObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Polls suggest House Democrats will buck midterm curse and add to their ranks Boehner: Mass shootings 'embarrassing our country' 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 SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE."