The parents of slain Democratic National Committe staffer, Seth rich has filed a lawsuit against Fox News Channel for their seemingly endless coverage of a network pushed conspiracy theory linking their son to the leaks of thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. The lawsuit also names Fox reporters Malia Zimmerman and a periodic Fox commentator.
NPR (@NPR) reports, the May 2017 story echoed and propelled conspiracy theories about Rich’s death and the DNC leaks. Strongly suggesting Rich’s killing may have been related. Fox News later retracted the story after receiving widespread outrage. The network never bothered to apologize for manufacturing the story or attempt to correct the falsities they reported.
In the suit filed in the Southern District of New York, the family allege that they have been “collateral damage in a political war” and say their son’s death was exploited for political benefit. The Riches also sued Ed Butowsky, a Dallas investment manager who periodically offered commentary on financial matters for Fox Business Network and Fox News. Butowsky is also a defendant in an earlier lawsuit filed last August against Fox News and Zimmerman by their chief named source, a Fox news commentator named Rod Wheeler. The lawsuit alleges “extreme and outrageous conduct” by Fox, Zimmerman, and Butowsky in developing a false story “painting Joel and Mary’s son as a criminal and traitor to the united States.” The Rich’s also allege the network, the reporter, and the investor made it appear that Joel and Mary Rich were involved in the deception.