(PatriotHeadline.Com)- Fox News anchor Sean Hannity is taking the fight to the New York Times over their publishing of fake news. Legal representatives of the conservative news anchor sent a letter on Monday demanding that the Times retract a story and apology after they showed a “blatant and outrageous disregard for the truth.”
The letter was sent in response to the NYT’s characterization of Hannity’s coverage of the coronavirus on Fox News, and their suggestion that he played a part in the death of a Fox News-supporting bar owner.
In the letter, Hannity’s lawyers describe a timeline that shows how a New York Times opinion piece blames Hannity, in part, for the death of Joe Joyce, a 74-year-old man who owned a bar and died after contracting COVID-19 following a cruise vacation. The letter also describes how the Times’ suggestion that Hannity is responsible for the death was not just false, but written specifically with “malicious intent to harm.”
Specifically, the letter explains, the New York Times wrongly implied that Hannity encouraged Mr. Joyce to take a cruise. This was verifiably wrong as Joyce had disembarked for his cruise on March 1, but the comments referenced by the Times were made on March 9.
It looks like a clear-cut case, but the Times responded by, incredibly, rejecting the demands of Hannity and his lawyers.
Oh boy, this is going to be one big lawsuit!
The letter explains:
“On March 1, Joe Joyce and his wife, Jane, set sail for Spain on a cruise, flying first to Florida. His adult children — Kevin, Eddie and Kristen Mider — suggested that the impending doom of the coronavirus made this a bad idea.
Joe Joyce was 74, a nonsmoker, healthy; four years after he opened his bar he stopped drinking completely. He didn’t see the problem.
‘He watched Fox, and believed it was under control,’ Kristen told me.
Early in March Sean Hannity went on air proclaiming that he didn’t like the way that the American people were getting scared ‘unnecessarily’…
Eventually, Fox changed course and took the virus more seriously, but the Joyces were long gone by then.”
The letter also describes how the incident is just one of several instances in an “ongoing campaign to personally attack Mr. Hannity by mischaracterizing and making false statements with respect to his coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Let’s see how the New York Times tries to wriggle out of this one…