Fox News Hit With Lawsuit Over Retracted Seth Rich Story
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 03, 2017,
Aug 03, 2017, 0:46
Fox and other conservative news sources had been reporting that Rich, who was murdered in Washington D.C.in 2016, was killed because he was the person who provided Wikileaks with DNC emails embarrassing Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Not the Russians. And some claim he was murdered because of it.
Wheeler said in May that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had Rich's laptop, and that the laptop showed Rich had been leaking the emails that helped sink Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview on Netherlands TV suggested that Rich may have been a source for the leaks clearinghouse, reigniting conspiracy theories. Reporter: But it was not true, and Seth rich's parents were outraged amid mounting pressure.
The Fox story had to be retracted a week after it ran.
Wheeler, who is a former Washington D.C. Police homicide detective also charges Fox with racial discrimination saying he has been denied air time and full-time employment.
"It's not like I have a Steve Bannon teddy bear", Butowsky said in May. Fox News poster boy Sean Hannity, an early champion of the story, said he would stop talking about it out of respect for Rich's family. I'm not aware of that.
Butowsky told CNN's Chris Cuomo that when he met with Spicer about his findings, he did not tell the press secretary the objective of the meeting beforehand. "We were basically telling him you are doing a great job and that the president or the White House or somebody would be interested in meeting you".
Butowsky, who did not answer requests for comment on Tuesday, urged Wheeler in emails and texts to push the bogus Rich story, according to Wheeler's lawsuit, and suggested that Trump was paying attention.
"Tomorrow, let's close this deal, whatever we've got to do", he said, according to the suit.
"Not to add any more pressure, but the president just read the article", Butowsky writes. "I've never talked to President Trump in my life".
I'm actually the one who's been putting this together but as you know, I keep my name out of things because I have no credibility. I was being sloppy with my words.
The Rich family agreed to hire the private investigator.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denies the president had any knowledge of the article prior to its publication. In America that was Fox News, and in Russian Federation it was state-controlled Sputnik. "He asked for a 10-minute meeting, with no specified topic, to catch up and said he would be bringing along a contributor to Fox News".
"Shockingly, it is clear that simultaneous with such baseless claims of nonpartisanship, Fox was contriving with Butowsky and members of the Trump administration to publish and disseminate fake news to affect politics in America".