A Fox News host accused the New York Times of trying to distract Americans with its ‘wrong’ reporting of the Donald Trump Robert Mueller story on Thursday, but swiftly backpedaled on his remark later in the show.

The segment followed the Times’ report claiming that President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

Mr Hannity said:

They're trying to change the story. At this hour, The New York Times is trying to distract you.

And our sources, and I've checked in with many of them, they're not confirming that tonight,

And the president's attorney dismissed the story, and says, 'Nope, no comment. We're not going there.' And how many times has The New York Times and others gotten it wrong.

But later during the segment, Hannity appeared to concede to The Times’ report.

He backtracked:

All right, so we have sources tonight just confirming ... that yeah, maybe Donald Trump wanted to fire the special counsel for a conflict.

Does he not have the right to raise those questions?

You know, we'll deal with this tomorrow night.

He then abruptly went on to introduce a high speed police chase in Arizona.

Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star said in a tweet that it was “one of the most perfect Fox clips of all time.”

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