Fox News accused of making up quotes in DNC murder story

Fox News accused of making up quotes in DNC murder story

Fox News accused of making up quotes in DNC murder story

It's unclear whether that last call was recorded, but Wheeler's lawsuit does include emails from Butowsky to Fox News producers and hosts, such as the Fox & Friends team, pushing a White House agenda, coaching them on how to frame the Seth Rich story as proof that "the Russians did not hack our computer systems and ste [a] l emails and there was no collusion" between "Trump and the Russians".

MANHATTAN - A Fox News contributor and former homicide detective filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday accusing the network of attributing fabricated quotations to him about the Seth Rich murder investigation at the direction of President Donald Trump. Now, he's claiming in a lawsuit that the story was concocted by Fox News with direction from people in the White House, up to and including Donald Trump.

Reached for comment, a Fox News spokesman pointed to a comment that Jay Wallace, the network's president of news and editorial, gave to NPR in which he said an investigation found no "concrete evidence" that Wheeler was misquoted.

Wheeler was quoted in the May 16 story on Fox's website saying there had been contact between Rich and WikiLeaks, whose dump of DNC emails proved a major detriment to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

That night, Wheeler appears on Sean Hannity's Fox News program and supports the story, though he claims not to have personal knowledge of a Rich-WikiLeaks link. Zimmerman quoted Wheeler as saying, "My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks", a line which Wheeler-the story's only named source-now denies. There is no known evidence or logic to back up that assertion (which Fox News has strongly denied) and, if the portion about Fox News using him to create a lie on behalf of Trump was rock solid, there wouldn't seem to be any need for that allegation to be made. According to a text message Wheeler says he received from Butowsky, publishing Zimmerman's report-which claimed existence of an FBI report about Rich and Wikileaks-would distract the public's attention from Trump's firing FBI Director James Comey about a week earlier.

Police have said repeatedly that Rich was shot during an attempted robbery while he was walking home from a bar in Washington, DC. He wants the article out immediately. He is said to have worked with Ed Butowsky, a Dallas-based financial adviser with connections to the White House.

The story was pushed in an attempt to discredit the US intelligence community's determination that Russian Federation hacked the Democratic National Committee and obtained the emails released by Wikileaks, the lawsuit said.

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Let's stipulate that this story comes about because of a lawsuit which is seeking money against an entity, Fox News, which has been inundated with legal complaints lately where they have been forced to settle out of court for big money.

This was fake news, alleges Wheeler in a defamation suit.

Even Fox retracted the story after a week, after a groundswell of offense - see, Rich was murdered tragically young and was unable to defend himself. "But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now". "It had nothing to do with advancing the president's domestic agenda - and there was no agenda", Spicer says now. But Spicer said Butowsky was just informing him of the story.

Jay Wallace, Fox News' president of news, said in a statement provided to CNN that the "accusation that FoxNews.com published Malia Zimmerman's story to help detract from coverage of the Russian Federation collusion issue is completely erroneous". The suit alleges that he met with Sean Spicer at the White House, and that in May, before the story ran, President Trump saw the article.

May 11 - Zimmerman shares a draft of her story with Wheeler.

Wheeler, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer, was a key figure in a series of debunked stories claiming that Rich had been in contact with Wikileaks before his death.

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