Sean Hannity apologizes for sharing fake news story about John McCain
FOX News star Sean Hannity took to Twitter on Thursday to apologize for sharing an "inaccurate" news article that refers to Senator John McCain a "globalist war criminal."
"I retweeted an inaccurate article," wrote the conservative news pundit. "My apologies to @SenJohnMcCain."
Hannity shared the story in question, published by The Gateway Pundit, on Wednesday night along with the caption, "Wow if true."
The article claims that McCain, a decorated veteran who spent five and a half years in a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam, "illegally asked for campaign donations from the Russian Ambassador."
While the Russian mission to the UN in New York did report receiving a standard "mail-out" asking to help fund McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, the BBC reports that both parties confirmed the letters were merely "a computer error."
Although Hannity later deleted the tweet, Twitter users were able to capture screenshots of the incident.
Hannity's apology came after Julie Tarallo, a spokeswoman for McCain, called on him to make amends for spreading false information.
"It is unfortunate that Sean Hannity would attack Senator John McCain over a fake news story," said Tarallo. "It's wrong and he should correct the record."
(h/t The Hill)