Fox News is denying several of the charges made in an explosive new lawsuit, which was first reported by NPR Tuesday morning. The lawsuit alleges that Fox News coordinated with the White House on coverage of the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich.
The lawsuit further claims that FoxNews.com published two fabricated quotes attributed to Rod Wheeler — a former DC homicide detective who has been a longtime Fox News contributor and now conducts private investigations. He was paid by a Republican investor to look into the Rich case, and is now filing suit claiming that FoxNews.com used made-up quotes in its reporting.
Jay Wallace, the president of news for Fox News, issued the following statement in response to Wheeler’s lawsuit and the charges contained therein:
The accusation that FoxNews.com published Malia Zimmerman’s story to help detract from coverage of the Russia collusion issue is completely erroneous. The retraction of this story is still being investigated internally and we have no evidence that Rod Wheeler was misquoted by Zimmerman. Additionally, FOX News vehemently denies the race discrimination claims in the lawsuit — the dispute between Zimmerman and Rod Wheeler has nothing to do with race.
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