Caving to pressure? Fox website pulls story on Seth Rich murder investigation

DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered on the streets of Washington, D.C. last July, allegedly the victim of a “botched robbery” in which he was shot in the back, but robbed of nothing.

Fox News posted a story on their website on May 16 regarding the murder investigation, and Sean Hannity has responded to Kim Dotcom (real name Kim Schmitz), an internet entrepreneur and serial hacker residing in New Zealand, who claims to have evidence that Seth Rich leaked documents to WikiLeaks.

CNN claimed that “right wing media outlets have floated unproven theories” that Rich was the person who leaked the DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Tuesday, the brother of Seth Rich, Aaron Rich, wrote a letter to Sean Hannity’s executive producer Porter Berry, asking Hannity to stop spreading an “unproven conspiracy theory” about the murder, and gave a copy of the letter to CNN.

“Think about how you would feel losing a son or brother. And while dealing with this, you had baseless accusations of your lost family member being part of a vast conspiracy.

“As the family, we would hope to be the first people to learn about any such evidence and reasons for Seth’s death. It is a travesty that you would prompt false conspiracy theories and other people’s agendas rather than work with the family to learn the truth.”

Aaron Rich reportedly stated in his letter that the family had been contacted by someone claiming to be Kim Dotcom, and alleged that Dotcom has been accused of fabricating information in the past. His letter to Hannity continued:

“As such, we urge you to please, not provide a platform for a person who is known to have pushed false evidence in the past and not allow him to make a mistake like that here. Nobody wants to solve Seth’s murder more than we do. However, providing a platform to spread potentially false, damaging information will cause us additional pain, suffering and sorrow. By airing this information, you will continue to emotionally hurt us.”

“We appeal to your decency to not cause a grieving family more pain and suffering by allowing your platform to be used by someone to drag our family name through the mud.”

CNN claims that multiple journalists at Fox have complained that they were “disgusted” that Hannity was being permitted to “peddle a discredited theory.”

Fox relented and pulled the story off their website, publishing the following statement Tuesday:

On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.

We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.

A spokeman for the Rich family, Brad Bauman, released the following statement in response:

“The family would like to thank Fox News for their retraction on a story that has caused deep pain and anguish to the family and has done harm to Seth Rich’s legacy. We are hopeful that in the future Fox News will work with the family to ensure the highest degree of professionalism and scrutiny is followed so that only accurate facts are reported serving this case.”

Kim Dotcom has tweeted Tuesday, “It’s so sad that the DNC manipulates the Rich family with fake kindness to take advantage of them for DNC crisis control and fake news.”

 

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