We may or may not ever know who killed DNC staffer Seth Rich, or why. But we do know that the version of events put forward by Fox News is little more than a fabricated story complete with “expert quotes” that the expert in question now claims were made up out of thin air. And now we know that Donald Trump’s White House signed off on the fake Fox News story before it was published.
This new Seth Rich bombshell may help explain why Donald Trump woke up this morning and aggressively renewed his longtime assertion that all negative media stories about him are somehow fake. He tweeted that “Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!” (link). Shortly after Trump’s “fake news” cry, word surfaced that his White House had been directly involved in the Seth Rich fake news story.
Fox News was eager to cash in on the far-right conspiracy theory that suggested Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party had their own DNC staffer Seth Rich murdered because he was leaking information to WikiLeaks. There has never been any evidence whatsoever to back this up, of course. That may be why Fox published a story in which it made up fake quotes from one of its own contributors, homicide detective Rod Wheeler, who had investigated Rich’s murder. Now Wheeler is suing, and the ugly details are coming out – including the White House’s involvement.
In his lawsuit, Wheeler asserts that the story had indeed been taken to the White House by a Republican donor before publication. And now outgoing Press Secretary Sean Spicer is admitting as much, according to CNN (link). Though Spicer claims that the story never reached Donald Trump’s desk before publication, this means that Trump’s White House was directly involved in crafting the fake news story from Fox News about Seth Rich. Trump can yell “fake news” all he wants, but this helps prove that he’s the ultimate fake news monger.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report