Fox News Editor Thought Their Disastrous Seth Rich Story Would Be 'Vindicated' - 2020-08-25
As Fox News scrambled to contain the damage from its discredited reporting on murdered Democratic staffer Seth Rich in 2017, a top editor at the network stuck by the retracted story, going so far as to predict that the baseless coverage of Rich's murder would eventually be "vindicated."
That revelation comes via newly released emails from FoxNews.com's then-deputy managing editor Greg Wilson, as well as others recently unsealed in litigation between Rich's parents and Fox. Those emails offer a glimpse into the internal fallout from Fox's story, as newsroom figures tried to figure out how groundless claims about the DNC hack that summer had ever made it on air and one source offered a surreptitious office meeting to Fox editors in an attempt to salvage the story.
The emails were unsealed this month as part of an order from Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn, who ruled that parties in the case had been filing motions and evidence under seal without first getting her approval. The ruling forced both sides of the case to make public some documents, including multiple internal Fox emails about the story, that had previously been under seal.