Fox News host Sean Hannity’s personal lawyer, L. Lin Wood recently announced he is raising money and coordinating legal representation for the alleged vigilante gunman who shot several protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two.
During the August 27 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, correspondent Jonathan Hunt said “that a number of high-powered attorneys have joined forces offering to defend” the alleged gunman, then quoted a tweet from “one of the attorneys” in which he called the shootings “justified acts of self-defense.” Wood tweeted this exact phrase, but Hunt did not specifically name him in the report.
Hannity announced he was “honored” to retain Wood during a July 28 segment with Wood’s legal partner following Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann’s settlement with The Washington Post.
Wood has represented many high-profile clients besides Sandmann, including Burke Ramsey, brother of Jon Benet Ramsey, Herman Cain, and Richard Jewell, a security guard who was falsely accused of participating in the 1996 bombing of the Atlanta Olympics.
Wood features the QAnon slogan “where we go one, we go all” abbreviated as “#WWG1WGA” in his Twitter biography. He has denied being a supporter of the violent conspiracy cult.
Hannity has a history of defending vigilante actions like what reportedly took place in Kenosha on Tuesday: He was a vocal supporter of George Zimmerman and cast him as a victim during an interview; his coverage reportedly helped raise money for his legal defense. On his radio show, Hannity said Zimmerman was a “mentor to minority children. Now if you were racist, I don't think you'd be a mentor to minority children." On his Fox News show in 2014, Hannity defended a vigilante killer in Minnesota.
Multiple Fox News figures are defending the shootings in Kenosha. As a result, Fox prime-time host Tucker Carlson has lost multiple advertisers over just the last day, continuing a mass advertiser exodus from his show that began in June. Unfortunately, the problem extends well beyond Carlson. In fact, it goes all the way to the Murdoch family, who run Fox Corp. As Lawrence O’Donnell put it in reaction to Carlson’s comments, “that is Rupert Murdoch financing vigilantism. This is a conscious business decision made by Rupert Murdoch and his son that this is what they want to tell America.”.