Kathy Griffin to Fox News: Where’s the Apology to Seth Rich’s Family?

“Get a f–ing life,” comedian tells the network’s media analyst Howard Kurtz in a nasty Twitter spat Sunday

Last Updated: July 16, 2018 @ 6:55 AM

Comedian Kathy Griffin publicly asked on Sunday why Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity had never apologized to the family of Seth Rich for spreading fake news and conspiracy theories about the former Clinton staffer who was murdered in Washington D.C. in 2016.

Griffin’s inquiry came as part of a larger argument she was having with the channel’s media analyst Howard Kurtz for his criticism of Sacha Baron Cohen.

“If only you would be as aggressive in criticizing people like your colleague @seanhannity – when is he going to apologize to Seth Rich’s family? Why are you silent?” she said.

Griffin, a notoriously combative presence on the platform, took issue with Kurtz after he said Cohen deceived former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin into believing he was a disabled veteran was “appalling.”

“Get a f–ing life,” she told him — adding a tag to make sure he’d see.

Though he doesn’t have as large of an audience on the platform, Kurtz was cutting in his response, recalling Griffin’s infamous moment when she held a bloody mock-up of President Trump’s severed head. The incident curtailed Griffin’s career at the time, which earned her a personal rebuke from the first family.

“I guess what Sacha did isn’t as bad as the bloody Trump mask you profusely apologized for,” he jabbed. “Though I did like your comedy before that.”

Griffin’s career has since rebounded and she now jokes about the incident to audiences, telling them at the height of the outrage, tens of millions of people thought she had joined ISIS.

For their part, Fox News and Hannity have never apologized for the Seth Rich fear-mongering. Last spring, Hannity and others at the channel propagated the theory that the DNC staffer had been the one who secretly provided files to WikiLeaks and that his murder may have been foul play. If true, it would have blown up the official explanation that Russian hacking had been behind the effort, while also implicating the Clintons in more nefarious extralegal activity.

It was not true. Police concluded that Rich was murdered in a botched robbery attempt. The case was never solved. Fox News was forced to retract a May 2017 article suggesting the connection and today, the Rich family is suing the network over the baseless speculation.

Kurtz, in fact did, address the Seth Rich story on his show “Media Buzz,” harshly criticizing the network for running the original story, though he stopped short of attacking Hannity personally for his nonstop coverage of it.

The network did not immediately respond to request for comment.