Last year, Fox News was forced to retract a news story that implicated Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich in the Wikileaks hack of the DNC. Rich, who was murdered in a robbery in Washington D.C. during the 2016 election has been a favorite topic for right-wing nuts. They believe that he was murdered by Hillary Clinton as retaliation for the DNC leaks and Fox News’ story, as well as Sean Hannity’s drum beating, helped fuel the crazy conspiracy theory. Now, Rich’s family is suing the news network for publishing the “sham story.”
ABC News reports:
In the suit, which was obtained by ABC News, Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, claim that Fox News investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman and Fox News commenter Ed Butowsky reached out to the family under false pretenses to support stories that Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
Joel and Mary Rich allege that Fox’s story has followed them since it’s retraction and their son’s legacy has been damaged by a conspiracy theory that Fox elevated “from the fringe to the front pages and screens of the mainstream media,” the lawsuit says. They are seeking damages for emotional distress.
Butowsky was asked about the lawsuit and then proceeded to insult Rich’s parents, saying the lawsuit is “one of the dumbest” he’d ever seen. “Mr. and Mrs. Rich should come forward and be honest with people,” he said, telling ABC News that he’s reached out repeatedly to the family to tell them what really happened.
“Nobody’s benefited from anything,” he added. “To file a lawsuit to say that anybody has benefited just smells weird.”
What exactly is weird about the parents of a murder victim seeking to hold a news organization accountable? A news organization that gave zero fucks that they’d essentially labeled a murder victim, as the lawsuit claims, a “criminal and traitor to the United States.” That is what they did. By accusing Rich of leaking documents from the DNC, Fox News labeled him a traitor to our country and his parents have every right to fight back against that narrative.