PolitiFact Fails to Rule Hannity's Phone-Hammering Sarcasm Was Mangled by MSNBC

www.newsbusters.org | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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On June 6, Fox News host Sean Hannity sarcastically suggested that the Trump White House could emulate Hillary Clinton's tactics in the investigation of her private email server when it came to the Russia "collusion" probe:

If I advise them to follow Hillary Clinton's lead, delete all your emails and then acid-wash the emails and hard drives on the new phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer into little itsy-bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the SIM cards and then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say, ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law,' how do you think that would work out for everybody who Mueller is demanding their phones of tonight? I'm certain the result would not be the same as Hillary's.

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Liberals took this message and twisted it into "Hannity urges destruction of evidence." On June 12, PolitiFact took up this liberal distortion of Hannity's words....and then proclaimed it would not issue any "Truth-o-Meter" verdict on this fact-mangling. PolitiFact's John Kruzel wrote:

"Trump confidant Sean Hannity now advocating obstruction of Mueller probe," read the lower-third onscreen text — known as a chyron — during MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber.

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Melber reinforced this point, saying, "Sean Hannity is now literally telling potential witnesses and subjects in the Mueller probe to destroy the evidence and hammer their phones into pieces."

We saw plenty of other examples of similar takes: "Sean Hannity is publicly instructing people to obstruct justice," [Amee Vanderpool, more than 1,600 RTs] and "Sean Hannity suggested that the witnesses in the...
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