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“FOX 5 DC: “You have sources at the FBI saying that there is information…”
ROD WHEELER: “For sure…”
FOX 5 DC: “…that could link Seth Rich to WikiLeaks?”
ROD WHEELER: “Absolutely. Yeah. That’s confirmed.”
— Interview on May 15, 2017
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LAWSUIT ROCKS FOX
In a bizarre lawsuit filed against Fox News on Monday, private investigator and network contributor Rod Wheeler accused the network of colluding with the White House to push conspiracy stories about Seth Rich. He alleged that reporter Malia Zimmerman, who authored a now-retracted story on Rich’s WikiLeaks connection in May, fabricated quotes to push the narrative.
Also named in the suit is Dallas-based financial advisor Ed Butowsky, who had set up a meeting with Sean Spicer, which Wheeler says was to coordinate with the White House on the story.
President Trump is denying allegations that he pushed to spread false rumors about the murdered DNC staffer.
INSIDE THE SUIT
According to Wheeler’s court filing, the motivation for Zimmerman’s article was to “establish that Seth Rich provided WikiLeaks with the DNC emails to shift the blame from Russia and help put to bed speculation that President Trump colluded with Russia in an attempt to influence the outcome of the presidential election.”
Wheeler also claims the network discriminated against him for being black, offering more airtime and better assignments to white colleagues.
FOR THE MEDIA, A TWOFER
Wheeler’s lawsuit has caught the attention of the media, which relishes publishing stories critical of Fox. This one has the added value of possibly including President Trump encouraging fake news to escape the “Russia” narrative, so be prepared to hear more about it.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE …
I hired Malia Zimmerman when I ran Fox News’ website and have worked with her on dozens of stories. I know the other players as well.
Here’s my take: I’d bet my house that Rod Wheeler is lying through his teeth. He first lied to make himself look important, then lied to repair his reputation, and is now telling even bigger lies to score some money from Fox.
I don’t believe for one second the charges he’s making about Malia Zimmerman, Ed Butowsky, or Fox News. I hope that it’ll make it to court, but I doubt it will.
I also hope that the media does its job and reports the truth about this story, but I have my doubts about that as well.
Barack Obama is reportedly pushing for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020. Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest confidantes, told Politico that Patrick launching a White House bid is what “my heart desires.”
‘I GOT CHIPPED’
About 40 workers at Three Square Market in Wisconsin were implanted with microchips yesterday, which will allow them to bypass using company badges and computer passwords. The company, which makes cafeteria kiosks, is believed to be the first to implant such chips in employees but maintains that it’s not tracking its workers’ every move.
DHS RELEASES PRISON DATA
Twenty-two percent of the federal prison population is made up of immigrantswho are in the country illegally or who the government is looking to initiate deportation proceedings against. Of the 187,855 inmates in Bureau of Prisons’ custody, 42,034 are foreign-born aliens, according to DHS.
Inside of an Imperial Airlines Handley Page biplane,1936. Carrying 12 passengers, the plane had no seatbelts but was the world’s first with an onboard bathroom.