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Fox News Execs Squashed Talk Of Gun Control After Newtown Massacre: Report

12/17/2012 05:26 pm ET | Updated Feb 16, 2013

UPDATE: Gabriel Sherman is standing by his report after Fox News' Brit Hume demanded a correction.

On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter disputed Sherman's report that Fox News staffers were told to avoid discussions of gun control over the weekend. Employees alleged that an email from executive producer David Clarke was "out of context," THR reported.

Later, Hume tweeted, "The Hollywood Reporter story covers a lot more than Fox News Sunday, & demolishes yr original story. Time for a correction." Sherman defended his piece, writing that he stands by it "100-percent."

"Gabe, your story was implausible on its face & contradicted by numerous examples," Hume responded. "I'm sorry for your sake you stand by it."

EARLIER: Rupert Murdoch may have become a vocal advocate of increased gun control in the we of the massacre in Connecticut. Just don't tell that to Fox News.

The media mogul loudly called for a renewed push for tighter gun laws after the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary. Many of his papers followed suit. The New York Post's front page on Monday blared, "ENOUGH!" The Sun cried, "END THE LUNACY."

However, New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported on Monday that top Fox News executives explicitly barred people from discussing the topic. According to Sherman, the edict came from David Clark, the man in charge of weekend coverage, as well as Michael Clemente, the powerful vice president for news, who backed Clark's ruling that it was too soon to talk about guns. "We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control," one source said.

Fox News has traditionally not been the friendliest place for gun-control advocates. Both network chief Roger Ailes and host Sean Hannity reportedly have permits to carry concealed weapons in New York.

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