Thanks to Michael for passing on the petition: Hold FOX 5 DC Accountable for Irresponsible Seth Rich Reporting. As of 10am there were over 1,000 signatories.
Dear FOX 5 DC Advertiser,
By advertising with Fox 5 DC (WTTG) you are supporting irresponsible reporting that is harming our community.
In July 2016, 27-year old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was brutally murdered on his way home. Since his death, far-right conspiracy theorists have tormented the Rich family.
This week, reporter Fox 5’s Marina Maracco published a report claiming that Seth was in contact with Wikileaks in the days preceding his murder.
According to National Public Radio: “There is no hard evidence that is true. In fact, further reporting has blown large holes in Fox 5 DC’s Monday report.”
Maracco, failed to confirm their story with the DC Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or even the Rich family. The Fox5DC story has been debunked – and yet the station stands by their unsubstantiated report.
The Rich family has called for it to be retracted and those responsible for its publication to be held accountable. We agree, and hope you do too.
We call on you to stand with our community and pull all advertising from Fox 5 DC until they hold Ms. Maracco and her superiors, including News Director Paul McGonagle and Assistant News Director Kyle Carmean accountable for their actions.
Until then, I will not patronize your business and will call on my friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Concerned Citizens of the Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Yesterday Fox5 added an Editor’s Note above their original story.
To make matters worse:
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