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Fox News Concocted Seth Rich Story - Claim

Postby toucana on August 1st, 2017, 3:49 pm 

The NPR (National Public Radio) news website broke an exclusive news report earlier today about a lawsuit which alleges that Fox News, concocted a baseless story about the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich who was murdered on 10 July 2016 in Washington DC.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540783715/lawsuit-alleges-fox-news-and-trump-supporter-created-fake-news-story

The law suit was filed against Fox News by Rod Wheeler, a former DC detective and crime commentator for the news network who complains that he was wilfully misquoted, and that another Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.

The explosive part of the claim is that a wealthy GOP donor (and sometime Fox News contributor) from Dallas called Ed Butowsky was directly involved in collusion with White House sources who had advance knowledge of the story before it was run on 16 May.

The Seth Rich story was broadcast by Fox News on Fox & Friends on 16 May just a week after the controversial firing of FBI director James Comey by President Trump. It was retracted and removed fom their websites only a week later by Fox who issued a statement saying that the story did not meet their editorial standards. The controversial news anchor Sean Hannity who had remorselessly plugged the story was sent on leave amid reports of advertisers pulling sponsorship from his segment.

Wheeler alleges that Fox News and Ed Butowsky intended to deflect public attention away from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russsian government, and to sow suspicion that the Democrats might have murdered Seth Rich.

The latest lawsuit now claims that on 20 April, a month before the story ran, Butowsky and Wheeler who was originally hired by Butowsky met Sean Spicer the White House press secretary to brief him on what they were uncovering.

The first page of the lawsuit quotes the following voicemail and texts from Butowsky boasting that Trump himself reviewed drafts of the Fox News story just before it went to air.
We have the full, uh, attention of the White House on this. And tomorrow, let's close this deal, whatever we've got to do. (voicemail)

Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It's now all up to you. (text)

Jay Wallace, Fox President of news denied the allegations in a statement to CNN today and said that they had no evidence that Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/01/media/rod-wheeler-seth-rich-fox-news-lawsuit/index.html
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