Fox Pushes WikiLeaks Murder Conspiracy From Man Who Warned Of Armed Lesbian Pedophiles
Fox News and the network’s affiliate in Washington, D.C., are advancing a conspiracy theory about the death of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, suggesting in two stories on Monday that Rich’s slaying may be the result of his supposed links to WikiLeaks.
The only named source in both stories is Rod Wheeler, a former Washington Metro Police investigator and Fox News contributor who has previously claimed that “a national network” of armed lesbians was : Conspiracy Theorists Won’t Stop Accusing The Clintons Of Murder
But Fox News has pushed its story, which also cites an anonymous federal investigator whom it says corroborates Wheeler’s claims. Sean Hannity featured a segment about the Fox 5 report during his Monday show, and Laura Ingraham on Tuesday begged for follow-up reporting into the supposed links between Rich and WikiLeaks. Despite its thin sourcing, the story also still led Fox 5’s website on Tuesday afternoon.
By then, the original headline on Fox News’ story ― “Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources” ― had changed to “Family of slain DNC staffer blasts detective over report of Wikileaks link.” The story’s first sentence had also been changed to reflect that Rich’s family had dismissed Wheeler’s claims, and a quote claiming that “someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward” had been removed from the story. (The current versions of the articles can be found here and here.)
Wheeler did not respond to a request for comment. Fox News and Fox 5 did not respond to requests for […]