Fox retracts Seth Rich story

Fox News and especially Sean Hannity have pushed a story about murdered Democrat staffer Seth Rich. Kim Dotcom has been given airtime by Hannity.

Salon: Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity keep Seth Rich conspiracies alive

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday morning, only to use his platform to further promulgate the previously debunked conspiracy theory that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was assassinated because he was the source that provided Wikileaks with tens of thousands of hacked Democratic Party emails.

“We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at 4 in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments,” Gingrich told Fox News. “Nobody’s investigating that, and what does that tell you about what’s going on? Because it turns out, it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who, I suspect, was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He’s been killed, and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigative his murder. So I’d like to see how [Robert S.] Mueller [III] is going to define what his assignment is.”

Gingrich didn’t just say it could be a possibility that Rich was the Wikileaks source or that the murder may be worth some sort of further investigation, he baselessly asserted that Rich was the source — on national television — and that it effectively negated any alleged Russian involvement.

But Gingrich isn’t even the only notable person peddling this theory, it’s also being peddled by Sean Hannity, and more recently Kim Dotcom, the internet entrepreneur who founded Megaupload.

Hannity who has increasingly gone on Trump-like twitter sprees over the recent months has not been able to contain himself from spreading this theory along with the hashtag #SethRich to his nearly 2.5 million followers.

Dotcom on the other hand, has has recently inserted himself into this situation, and claimed that he has irrefutable evidence that Rich was the Wikileaks source, and will be releasing some sort of statement on Tuesday, though it’s currently not clear what that will consist of.

Hannity has been busy on Twitter.

Fox has now retracted: Statement on coverage of Seth Rich murder investigation

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.

Dotcom announced this week — seemingly out of nowhere — that he would release the information on his website Tuesday, but the supposed bombshell drop that many were desperately hoping for was quite anticlimactic.

“I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WAS INVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK,” Dotcom — who is fighting extradition charges to the U.S. from New Zealand — wrote on his site.

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

“The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable,” he continued. “I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.”

In reality, the Rich family thanked Fox News for retracting the story, according to CNN reporter Oliver Darcy.

14 Comments

  1. High Flying Duck

     /  May 24, 2017

    I have to say that i am shocked – SHOCKED! that KDC promised a bombshell and only produced an anti-climax.

    This is an unprecedented let down from someone who has been irrefutably correct with every previous utterance.

    • Yep, never happened before…

    • PDB

       /  May 24, 2017

      The sad thing is that people still believe anything this guy says. He is also trying to defend the Warner brothers ’email’ again.

    • duperez

       /  May 24, 2017

      KDC may have promised a bombshell which only produced an anti-climax but it didn’t stop many lunatics on hearing the Fox story getting all orgasmic.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 24, 2017

        People always filter the news to reflect their beliefs and wishes.
        But you’re right – it was a very large beat up based on very little evidence.

    • Blazer

       /  May 24, 2017

      free pass for Gingrich…..then!

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 24, 2017

        Nope, just focusing on the NZ context.

        Either Gingrich has information he hasn’t shared or, as is more likely, he has proved again why even Trump wouldn’t have him at the WH.

    • Bill Brown

       /  May 24, 2017

      The thought of DotCom and climax …..

  2. Kim Dotcom has offered to travel to the US from NZ to testify before Mueller on oath provided he is guaranteed safe passage to and from the US and NZ. He remains adamant that he was in contact with Seth Rich before the DNC and Podesta emails were leaked to Wikileaks. His role was to help facilitate passing of the information to Wikileaks. There was an immediate response from Democratic source that smeared TDC’s credibility by claiming he forged the Key email that had been repudiated in the run up to the last election. Such is the fear of the Democrats of any attempts to find the truth, the are labelling people as sociopaths who contribute comment or information. Methinks they do protest far to much which indicates initial stages of Panic. What will Podesta say tomorrow? And why were the Awan brothers allowed to leave the USA after being sacked from their IT Admin jobs in Congress? Finally what happened to the $4 million they misappropriated as salary contrary to Congressional administration instruction?

  3. I look forward to seeing the next phase of the developments. There are growing signs that a lot of ordinary Americans are concerned about a number of related events such as former and disgraced DNC Chairwoman who resigned after Podesta emails established the Democrat National Committee deliberately undermined Hilary’s opponent for the Democrat nomination. The former chair is reported to have intervened with NY Police demanding to know why a private investigator was meddling in the Rich investigation. Huge pressure is being placed on any journalist who reports on the Rich murder conspiracy and the failure of the Russian thesis the cornerstone of the Democrats narrative for impeachment of Trump. Brennan’s testimony to Congress is wholly his suspicions and there was no smoking gun. He is entitled to his opinion of course, but he himself is seriously flawed and does not speak with convincing authority.
    The Rich family has gone from making public appeals for $200,000.00 so they can employ a private investigator have suddenly appointed a DNC Specialist Communications spokesperson and sacked the investigator and made a public appeal to people to stop further involvement in seeking the truth. Why? All my instincts are screaming coverup. Meanwhile John Podesta now a Washington Post columnist is reportedly filling his tweeds in fear of Trumps next step. The truth is out there,

    • Gezza

       /  May 25, 2017

      Is it with Jim Fetzer? How are things going with the intel gathering on that impeccable source Bj?

      • Firstup Gezza, I have not committed myself to any alt right or far Left conspiracy theories. I just believe it needs some really close investigation because their are anomalies in the MSM party line of nothing here move along people. Especially when the family lawyer says the Police can’t solve it and the family needs help from anyone who can explain it. The “Jeffery” in the following 26 minute video expresses to the letter what my position is and why I can not yet let go of it, particularly in relation to other areas of deep concern.

  4. I meant “there”,not “their” as far as anomalies go! Of course.