Fox Stands By DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory Even After Main Source Changes Story
Fox News and its Washington, D.C., affiliate, Fox 5, are standing by their conspiracy-mongering reports that slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was connected to WikiLeaks before he was shot to death in July ― even as those stories fall apart.
Fox News and Fox 5 published separate stories about the supposed links on Tuesday. But since then, the main source has changed his story, D.C. police and the FBI have disputed the most explosive claims, and Rich’s family has called on the network and station to issue retractions, saying that “inaccurate reporting” is “damaging the legacy” of Rich, a 27-year-old DNC staffer who was slain as he walked to his D.C. home.
Fox News isn’t budging.
“We continue to track developments in the story and will update further when the situation warrants,” Refet Kaplan, managing director of FOX News Digital, said in an email statement to HuffPost on Wednesday afternoon. The network has not addressed the questions and apparent discrepancies surrounding its story.
Fox 5 didn’t respond to multiple HuffPost requests for comment about its article. A spokesperson for the station told DCist it was standing by the story.
Washington police believe Rich was killed in a botched robbery attempt, and continue to investigate, the Metro Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.
But since Rich’s death, right-wing web sites have pushed the conspiracy theory that the Democratic Party, DNC or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were somehow responsible for the killing because of Rich’s supposed ties to WikiLeaks. The theory rests on WikiLeaks’ release of a trove of internal DNC emails weeks after Rich was killed.
There is no evidence […]