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by Prince Of Petworth August 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Thanks to Ruth for sending from NPR:

“The Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump worked in concert under the watchful eye of the White House to concoct a story about the death of a young Democratic National Committee aide, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The first page of the lawsuit quotes a voicemail and text from Butowsky boasting that President Trump himself had reviewed drafts of the Fox News story just before it went to air and was published.

Spicer now tells NPR that he took the meeting as a favor to Butowsky, a reliable Republican voice. Spicer says he was unaware of any contact involving the president. Butowsky now tells NPR that he was kidding about Trump’s involvement.”

It is well worth reading the whole report here.

by Prince Of Petworth May 23, 2017 at 3:25 pm 33 Comments

Sadly the damage is probably done but this is at least a step in the right direction. Though local Fox5’s remains live with an Editor’s note. Ed. Note: They should completely retract their story too. Thanks to a commenter for noting this statement from Fox News:

“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.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm 42 Comments

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.

Sincerely,

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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