This past May, Fox News was peddling a story about DNC staffer Seth Rich who was murdered in July 2016. The story alleged that some nefarious plot involving the DNC was the reason behind Rich’s death. The story was unfounded and had to be retracted by Fox a week after they had aired it. Sean Hannity, however, was reluctant to give it up.
A key figure in the story was Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the family to investigate what had happened to their son. Wheeler is also a paid contributor to Fox News. According to NPR, he has now filed a lawsuit against Fox News alleging that they deliberately misquoted him.
Wheeler alleges Fox News and a wealthy Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.
Fox News President Jay Wallace has denied that there is any “concrete evidence” to support Wheeler’s suit. Also named in the suit is prominent Trump supporter Ed Butowsky. According to Wheeler, Butowsky ‘ran the story by President Trump’ prior to it being published and was keen on getting the White House involved.
Another day, another bombshell.