Lawsuit accuses Fox News of concocting 'fake news' for Trump

Lawsuit accuses Fox News of concocting 'fake news' for Trump

Fox and other conservative news sources had been reporting that Rich, who was murdered in Washington 2016, was killed because he was the person who provided Wikileaks with DNC emails embarrassing Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

In May, Seth Rich's conspiracy theory resurfaced, and Fox News published a story that quoted Wheeler, who was a former homicide detective hired to investigate the DNC staffer's death.

Fox says it is investigating the story.

Wheeler alleges that Fox created this misinformation in favor of Trump to take the attention away from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, which is speculated to have had a role in Trump's winning the presidency.

Butowsky used his connections to get a meeting with then White House press secretary Sean Spicer to brief him on the report, the lawsuit said. Jay Wallace, Fox's president of news, told NPR there was no "concrete evidence" that Zimmerman misquoted Wheeler. The suit also alleges Butowsky left a message on Wheeler's phone, insisting "we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this". It quoted Wheeler - who has worked as a Fox News contributor - as a primary source for the allegation.

"Fox News was working with the Trump administration to disseminate fake news in order to distract the public from Russia's alleged attempts to influence our Country's presidential election", the lawsuit claims.

Rod Wheeler, a longtime commentator for Fox News, sued his former employer on Tuesday.

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"[Fox News reporter Malia] Zimmerman, Butowsky and Fox had created fake news to advance President Trump's agenda".

The White House and Fox's motivation to push the false story was to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, Wheeler claims in the lawsuit. Instead, he said, "it was their aim to have Mr. Wheeler confirm that: (i) Seth Rich was responsible for the leak of DNC emails to WikiLeaks; and (ii) Seth Rich was murdered by a Democrat operative because he leaked the emails to WikiLeaks".

The cable news network exploited the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich to push a conspiracy theory, and a new suit alleges it wasn't an accident. Wheeler says he gave Spicer a copy of his investigative notes and that Butowsky kept Spicer "abreast of developments" in the investigation, per Spicer's request.

Wheeler claims that he became upset when he read the Fox News piece and saw the fabricated quotes attributed to him. The "president" referred to in this text message is President Donald Trump, the suit says.

Wheeler also alleges that he met with Fox News executives and told them that Zimmerman fabricated quotes and attributed them to him, but that they did nothing. He said if I wanted to, he could put me in touch with the white house general counsel.

Butowsky did not seem pleased when Cuomo suggested the story didn't seem to make sense in light of Butowsky's meeting with Spicer, despite claims that he didn't know him well.

"Incredibly, according to Butowsky, the President reviewed an article written by a Fox News journalist prior to its publication and sought to get the article published 'immediately, '" the complaint states.

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