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Hannity Loses 7 Advertisers Amid Uproar

Several companies have pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show after he promoted a conspiracy theory about the death of a former Democratic National Committee staffer. Hannity was still peddling a story— even after it was widely discredited—that Seth Rich was shot and killed because he had supplied DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Police say it was a botched robbery. His family and parents for a long time pleaded with Fox News to quit speculating about his death. Cars.com said in a statement on Wednesday: “In this case, we’ve been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.” Others followed suit: Leesa Sleep, Peloton, USAA, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Casper, and Ring. Ring told BuzzFeed News in a statement: “We are always evaluating and monitoring our advertisements to ensure they align with the Ring brand. As of May 23rd, we have asked our media buying partners not to place Ring ads on The Sean Hannity Show.”