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Nobody here is a very good investigator

The story of the 2016 murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich — or more accurately, how Fox News brought a lot of alternate facts to its coverage of the story — has taken another strange, strange turn. Now Rod Wheeler, a Fox News commenter and private investigator hired by a Texas billionaire to investigate whether Rich was bumped off by Hillary Clinton’s murder squads, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Fox News was pushed by the White House and his billionaire patron to create a fake narrative about Rich’s murder, supposedly to throw everyone’s attention off the Trump-Russia investigation. Yeah, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around that one.

First off, let’s review the parts that aren’t rightwing fever-swamp conspiracy bullshit: In July 2016, Seth Rich, a staffer at the DNC, was shot in the back in the wee small hours of the morning; Washington DC police believe the killing involved a botched street robbery. No suspect was ever identified, but online conspiracy nuts decided that since Rich worked at the DNC, and because his money and watch weren’t taken, the robbery hypothesis has to be a FALSE FLAG to cover up Rich’s assassination by Hillary Clinton or DNC operatives, since obviously Rich was the source of the DNC documents released later last summer by Wikileaks. If Rich were the source of the leaked documents, then obviously all the US intelligence agencies were lying about Russia having hacked the DNC, and the Trump-Russia collusion story vanishes in a puff of smoke.

In May of this year, Fox News and its DC affiliate ran stories claiming Wheeler had uncovered evidence that before his death, Rich had been in email communication with Julian Assange, according to an unidentified FBI source who had accessed Rich’s laptop. Unfortunately, the story fell apart within hours as Wheeler told CNN and other sources he’d never seen the computer, and that a Fox News reporter told him the FBI had found the supposed Rich-Assange connection. In reality, the DC Police and the FBI say Rich’s computer was never given to the FBI, and the FBI has no involvement in the case.

Sean Hannity nonetheless continued to push the story, even after Fox News pulled its own story from the internet, saying it didn’t meet their reporting standards (talk about a low bar). After a week of ranting, Hannity, too, decided to STFU out of “respect” for the Rich family.

Which brings us to the lawsuit filed today by Wheeler against Fox News, Fox investigative reporter Malia Zimmerman, and Wheeler’s financial backer, Ed Butowsky — who, just like Wheeler himself, also has been a commentator on Fox. Wheeler alleges that Zimmerman and Fox attributed false statements to him about his having had knowledge of Rich’s supposed communications with Wikileaks, and of the FBI’s analysis of the computer — neither of which he says he actually said. Further, says Wheeler, Butowsky and the White House coordinated to bring the story out on Fox, to take attention away from the Russia investigation. The whole thing has more rabbit holes than Watership Down, but is less amenable to an easy summary. Congratulations to NPR media reporter David Folkenflik for untangling the mess.

The lawsuit, which presents verbatim quotes from emails, text messages, and recordings of conversations, says Butowsky and Wheeler met with Sean Spicer in April to discuss the Rich story, and that Butowsky told Wheeler Donald Trump himself had approved of the story and wanted it to run:

On May 14, about 36 hours before Fox News’ story appeared, Butowsky left a voicemail for Wheeler, saying, “We have the full, uh, attention of the White House on this. And tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do.”

Butowsky also texted Wheeler: “Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you.”

Sean Spicer says he did meet with Butowsky and Wheeler, but said the stuff about the president pushing the story was bunk:

“Ed’s been a longtime supporter of the president and asked to meet to catch up,” Spicer told NPR on Monday night. “I didn’t know who Rod Wheeler was. Once we got into my office, [Butowsky] said, ‘I’m sure you recognize Rod Wheeler from Fox News.'”

Spicer says as far as he knows, Butowsky was never in contact with Trump; he says the two advised him of the coming Fox News story, but insisted he certainly never brought the story to the president. The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel points out Spicer later said in a presser that he was wholly unaware of Fox’s reporting on the Rich story. Even though he’d met with Butowsky and Wheeler on April 20, Spicer said in a May 16 press gaggle,

I don’t — I’m not aware of — generally, I don’t get updates on DNC — former DNC staffers […] I’m not aware of that.

Oh Spicey. Even after you’ve been quit-fired, we’re still learning you couldn’t keep your stories straight.

Butowsky told Folkenflik that he’d never actually given any drafts of the story to the White House. Instead, he says, he was just joking around with Wheeler about Trump’s involvement.

Oh, and also, Wheeler claims Fox discriminated against him because he’s black, and he wasn’t allowed to advance in his career at the network.

For his part, Butowsky says he just wanted to “help” the Rich family by finding the real murderer of their son, because it had to be the Democrats, and he only wants the truth to come out. He claimed in his introductory text message to Wheeler that he’s a real mover and shaker:

Hey, who wouldn’t want to work for the guy who revealed most of what we know about Benghazi? At least Folkenflik’s reporting on the lawsuit clarifies one part of the bogus story about Seth Rich’s laptop supposedly being analyzed by the FBI:

Butowsky says he became convinced that the FBI had a report concluding that Seth Rich’s laptop showed he had had contacts with WikiLeaks after speaking to the legendary reporter Seymour Hersh, who was also investigating Rich’s death. According to the transcripts in the lawsuit, Butowsky said Hersh had an FBI source who confirmed the report.

Hersh, on the other hand, told Folkenflik that Butowsky may have gotten carried away playing amateur detective:

“I hear gossip,” Hersh told NPR on Monday. “[Butowsky] took two and two and made forty-five out of it.”

That’s a good line and we’re going to be sure to hijack it.

According to the lawsuit’s timeline, Fox was in a hurry to publish the Rich story after Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9. The next day, Butowsky and Zimmerman, the Fox News reporter, called Wheeler to say an FBI source confirmed Seth Rich had been emailing WikiLeaks, although Wheeler never saw the evidence or learned the FBI person’s identity. He isn’t even sure whether the FBI source was fabricated or something Butowsky learned about (or thought he did) from talking to Hersh.

Wheeler says the first version of Malia Zimmerman’s story contained no quotes from him, but that the published version (later removed by Fox but saved here on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine) added two quotations he never actually said:

The first: “My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks.”

The second: “My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward. That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.”

To prepare Fox News for on-air discussions of the story, Butowsky sent these instructions to “various Fox News producers and on air talent,” according to the suit, explaining how to frame “Wheeler’s” investigation:

[Image from lawsuit edited to remove page break]

Butowsky also coached Wheeler on how he should talk about “his” findings, telling him in a text message,

[T]he narrative in the interviews you might use is that you and Malia’s work prove that the Russians didn’t hack into the DNC and steal the emails and impact our elections.

On May 16, even though he had already told CNN that Fox and its DC affiliate had put words in his mouth, Wheeler dutifully went on “Hannity” and helped push the big news about how maybe there was no hacking at all, and that Seth Rich could have been bumped off, we just don’t know, but the investigation must continue to get to the bottom of all this. Wheeler said he hadn’t seen the laptop himself, but that a “very credible” federal source said they had. His expert opinion as an expert investigator, he said, was that

When you look at that with the totality of everything else that I found in this case it’s very consistent for a person with my experience to begin to think well perhaps there were some e-mail communications between Seth and WikiLeaks

Blockbuster stuff, there.

Fox News issued a statement today denying that it had colluded with the White House, no way:

By late June, Butowsky and Wheeler had fallen out, and Wheeler advised Fox and Butowsky he might sue them for destroying whatever credibility he had as an investigator — which might be a challenge, given that Wheeler was the genius behind a 2007 investigation of a “national underground network” of lesbian gangs who forced young men and women to turn gay, holding them at gunpoint. With pink guns. After being advised Wheeler was no longer on his side, Butowsky tweeted, “Fox News story was pulled b/c Rod Wheeler said [he] didn’t say a quote … How much did DNC pay him?” and also “This shows Rod Wheeler has a major battle with the truth.”

Hmmm. Could be that applies to a lot of people in this whole mess.

Honestly, while we doubt Wheeler’s lawsuit has much of a chance, his story of how Ed Butowsky pushed the “investigation” — largely the product of Butowsky’s certainty that the DNC had to be dirty — seems fairly well-documented, although the White House connection seems to rely solely on the word of an apparent fabulist: Ed Butowsky himself. If nothing else, it’s a hell of a look inside the production of a fake news story. The Rich family issued a statement today saying “we are hopeful that this brings an end to what has been the most emotionally difficult time in our lives and an end to conspiracy theories surrounding our beloved Seth.” Not that the basket of deplorables will be convinced, but it certainly doesn’t make Fox or its network of inside sources look any more reputable.

Update/Correction: Article originally misspelled Ed Butowsky’s name throughout. Yr Wonkette regrets the error, and will write “Butowsky” on the chalkboard 100 times.

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  • Joe Beese

    It’s a good thing commenting isn’t allowed here or any one of us might end up on Killary’s murder list. (Which she updates by email.)

  • cheetojeebus

    When the fuck did these idiots get bored by chem trails, swamp monsters and ansillyary batshit theory’s? Wasn’t that shit cool enough for them?

    • John Thorstensen

      You forgot HAARP!

    • osceola

      VACCINES, PEOPLE!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!

  • Reximus

    this is the suit, as filed

    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3906804/Seth-Rich-Fox-News.pdf

    first page is delicious

    edit: it’s in a linky in the post too, I see

  • Vincent Ricola
    • armed_bears

      I never thought the bear would steal MY lawn chair.

  • armed_bears
    • It’s like the Onion grew up, got dentures, bifocals, and depends and started calling itself a fox.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    I had to explain to my boss what the Seth Rich conspiracy was after she saw the CNN alert flash by on her phone. She just gave me a look and deadpanned “And I suppose he also handled all the stuff in the basement of the pizza place too?”

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Oh my God! It all makes sense now!

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

        We are through the cooking gas.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          More like the cooking sherry.

  • Manhattan123

    Scum, the whole lot of them. From Trump to Fox News to the wannabes. Total scum.

  • laughingnome

    All those rats who got fucked by Stone, Rove, and Atwater had kids and they are super RAT Fuckers.

  • yyyaz

    Right now Putin is preparing his speech for their medals ceremony.

  • HazooToo

    This is the rat king of conspiracy theories.

  • Weird Fishes

    Just sitting here, watching the turds swirling in the bowl.

    • yyyaz

      I just love to watch them roll.

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Is it naptime yet?

  • canes_pugnaces

    Really, the courtroom is where these stories will sort themselves out, more or less. I kinda doubt there is a shred of proof for these allegations, even if they are true, which they probably are. But what’s the end game here? The 40% are still going to vote Trump. The GOP will still be festering pond scum, who are incapable of telling the truth or doing the right thing. So…

  • Bitter Scribe

    But what does Alex Jones think of all this?

    • JMP

      You need to buy more Infowars-brand male enhancement supplements, that’s what!

    • osceola

      He’s pushing the Rich assassination story (apparently, Rich partied with an aide from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s office the night of his murder), and saying that “they got to” the PI who changed his story.

      I listen to Jones sometimes on my brief drive to work. No, I don’t have a life, why even ask?

      • Celtic_Gnome

        God made Rock ‘n’ Roll so you don’t have to listen to Alex Jones on your way to work.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Forget the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. This gang of twits can’t even lie straight.

  • elviouslyqueer

    @realDonaldTrump FAKE NEWS NPR funds will be cut to zero effective RIGHT NOW.

    in 3…2…1…

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    OT: Confirmation vote for Christopher Wray as top G-man expected around 6-6:30pm EDT.

    • yyyaz

      The rubber stamp has already been inked.

    • cheetojeebus

      He deserves it, his NJ Grift was top shelf stuff. Why shouldn’t he be awarded top grift man?

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Wonkette is having a busy day.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!”

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    I remember Butowski wound up in Washington, but I thought he was a Senator.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      The puns just write themselves.

    • Bigby

      Yeah, but his wife Mandy kept him heavily girded to truth, justice, and the Errol Flynn Way™.

  • Crystalclear12

    Pretty much the justification behind any cop that has ever planted evidence:
    They’re guilty I just can’t catch them at it!

    • JMP

      That’s never blown up in the cops’ faces, when say one in LA planted some evidence on a black man who killed his ex-wife but, as the suspect was a rich former football star, he was able to hire top lawyers who exposed the bad evidence, creating the reasonable doubt that allowed him to go free. And at least that crooked cop isn’t now treated as a law enforcement expert by Fox “News”.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Is it just me or is Kristin Welker kind of hacky?

    • Buzz1313

      Yes she is. I’ve thought this since last summer. Jennifer Granholm called her out in an interview about how she (and the others) would pay five seconds of attention to Trump scandals but spent three days on… ugh.. “her emails”. Welker’s defense: “But we DO talk about his scandals!” she replied, only to go on about some Clinton bullshit story. On Election Day, she mentioned those goddamn emails again! Were it not for a few personalities on MSNBC I’d be done with them. She’s a big reason why. Whew! That felt good!

  • yyyaz

    Butowski is no Bukowsky.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Post Office LIBELZ!

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    “When you look at the totality of everything I found in this case, it has Trumps tiny hands all over it. “. FIFY.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Sean Hannity nonetheless continued to push the story, even after Fox News pulled its own story from the internet, saying it didn’t meet their reporting standards (talk about a low bar).

    Sounds like just another day for Sean Hannity…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd494e149f8a74145d56cad29eaf6d79d25d203e05ebaefad91b76d76b9f4ddc.jpg

  • Reximus
    • dshwa

      What the heck is she wearing, and who told her she’d look good in it?

      • Everrett Fanuelli

        Ivanka or Amarosa

        • dshwa

          I see. Do they hate her for reasons I’m unclear on?

      • janecita

        To be fair, that woman doesn’t look good in anything.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          Her makeup seems to improved, but whoever told her that she should use Kim Davis’ stylist?

          • janecita

            The poor woman is still kind of unfuckable.

            Ps. I’m a straight woman, so I might be wrong about the “unfuckable” statement.

          • dshwa

            Kim davis? Or Sanders?

          • janecita

            AOT,K?

          • Skeptical_thinker

            Never stick your dick in crazy.

          • dshwa

            Learned that the hard way.

            But they’re great in the sacck.

          • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

            She is married with two children. Something must’ve happened.

          • janecita

            There is no accounting for taste.

          • Reximus

            She wore a red cloak and ear wings? Kinky!

          • tempus

            Wow, the Queen of Asinine Generalizations says she might be wrong? Say it isn’t so!

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            No, I’m bi and you are right, sanctimony and lies are not a turn-on.

      • Reximus

        The lady at Dress Barn?

      • Everrett Fanuelli

        The salesman at the Men’s Casual Big and Tall. To be fair though, it’s touch to shave and groom a bigfoot, much less dress them.

      • janecita

        A fugly dress, and her daddy loved it.

        • george lastrapes

          New word for you- ‘ughglee’, which comes to us from the Inuit. It is the gratifying feeling that someone else’s igloo, anorak, kayak, or whatever, is not so pretty as one’s own; as in, “Athough I am balding, when I think about the President’s coiffure, I feel a most gratifying surge of ughglee.”

          • janecita

            Thanks for the new word, it will be used wisely;-)

      • Reximus

        Apparently Cracker Barrel has moved into ladies fashion

      • Elendira

        at least she learned her lesson about not wearing all red or all green

        • Yr. Gma

          So far.

      • Vincent Ricola

        The worst prom dress ever made?

      • therblig
      • PubOption

        It’s a bad habit.

      • Little Lulu Ω

        I think it’s a design from Ralston-Purina of Beverly Hills.

      • Canis Greyhame

        Oh she can’t help the Hucka-face she was born with, but that outfit was a choice.

    • Wild Cat

      I betcha if she cut one she’d clear the room—even the Breitbarters . . .

    • Everrett Fanuelli
    • armed_bears

      Sorry, SHS… There’s no forgiveness later if you are willingly complicit now.

    • yyyaz

      The Kremlin’s writers are getting better, I see.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Sideface sez what

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      She is really trying to blend into the background, isn’t she? Kind of the Disembodied Head look.

    • OrG

      That’s because you’re really fucking stupid.

    • Everrett Fanuelli
    • therblig
    • beingreleased

      She lies like a true believer.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        She was brought up devoutly religious. She had a head start.

        • beingreleased

          I was going to say “She lies like a true Christian,” but decided that was mean.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Zomfg she seriously just said digging for coal===being tough on Russia.

      We will destroy our Energy Independence _and_ our environment! Take that Vlad!

    • Canis Greyhame

      I couldn’t pay attention to anything she was saying, because the puffy shirt was too fabulous!
      https://img.cinemablend.com/cb/8/7/f/b/1/c/87fb1c47498401d5d51a8c91b16ca65ce9ef29d55583a7b5aac0b5b71a36114f.jpg

    • Edith Prickly

      Dear Sarah – please change out of that ruffly linebacker-shouldered abomination right fucking now and drop it in the nearest incinerator.

      Love, EP

    • Dg Hacket

      I can’t stop staring at her face

    • Snopes Shop

      Getting my Sanders mixed up

  • Creepoman

    Damn, that Hillz sure can cover her tracks.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Well duh!
      Because, Ninja.

  • JMP

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, because the whole Seth Rich conspiracy theory wasn’t completely obviously the work of hacks trying to slander the extremely honest and ethical Hillary Clinton as a distraction from the extreme corruption of Trump and his colluding with Russia from the very beginning.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Thanks. I needed that.

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    When you’ve lost Koch Sponsored Nice Polite Republicans…..

  • OrG

    The deep state is DEEP.

    • janecita

      The DEEP state is DERP!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    There is no one to root for in this story. May they all lose

    • YourMom

      I’m rooting for Seth’s family to find some small level of peace far from these vile shit-stains.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    How is it that Hillz is supposedly standing atop a pile of dead bodies, and yet somehow Anthony Weiner still lives?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      To say nothing of Twitler, Spawn of Twitler, Bernie, and all of Fox & Fiends.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      She enjoys him living in constant fear of not knowing when the bumping off will commence.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      She’s just like Bamz- the most diabolical criminal mastermind ever, while simultaneously inept and incompetent. She can kill with a whisper, but couldn’t beat the Orange tufted loon that could have been beaten by anyone*

      *according to the Bros™

    • Canis Greyhame

      Do you have any idea how many times she’s personally murdered Roger Stone? I mean whenever the Deep State isn’t already busy murdering him that week, of course.

  • memzilla Ω

    This was a coordinated effort between the White House and Faux ‘News’ to discredit the Russian Hacking narrative and cast doubt on the Intelligence Community, and was “amped” by the Russian propaganda fronts. One of Sputnik’s correspondents was sacked for not pushing the narrative. It would be ENTIRELY within the character — or, rather, LACK of character — of Faux, Trumplings, and the GOP to do this for money and power.
    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/327ab4bd53280d1082291e6583011a1d568dcddf8777f01a1c88898a501ede4a.jpg

  • Seth I. Rich

    I know I have never posted here before, but: I yearn for nothing more than for this whole thing to be over. I am sick of being “investigated” by Internet chuckleheads.

  • biologydave

    The Trump Whitehouse….you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

    • therblig
      • biologydave

        And now my co-workers are wondering why I’m laughing so hard. Thanks for this!!

    • Me not sure

      A pirate bar would seem like ballet class compared to the Trump White House.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Jared shot first!

    • dshwa

      And jar-jar is the mayor.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Just read the whole post. Still not sure I understand this clusterfuck in its entirety, but I do love the smell of wingnuts infighting…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd74062c924d39a5e69c6870cc699a9a1dcb8c7d0c2b549866acfe44368cc84c.jpg

    • memzilla Ω

      It shows that there was a coordinated effort between the White House and Faux ‘News’ to
      discredit the Russian Hacking narrative and cast doubt on the
      Intelligence Community, and was “amped” by the Russian propaganda
      fronts. One of Sputnik’s correspondents was sacked for not pushing the
      narrative. It would be ENTIRELY within the character — or, rather,
      LACK of character — of Faux, Trumplings, and the GOP to do this for
      money and power.
      . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/327ab4bd53280d1082291e6583011a1d568dcddf8777f01a1c88898a501ede4a.jpg

  • Mavenmaven

    They should just go on reddit and get all the facts.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      Ugh. I noticed that Reddit posts are now considered news articles. Why???

      • Vincent Ricola

        We’re living in a terrible nightmare?

      • Mavenmaven

        See the earlier story here on Wonkette

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
  • Randy Riddle

    It’s just like that time that Jimmy Carter conspired with the liberalz Walter Cronkite to create a FAKE NEWS story about Charles Manson being Ronald Reagan’s love child to detract from KILLARY’s involvement with Benghazi.

    See, everyone does it, so OK.

  • jesterpunk

    How long until Fox pulls Trump’s excuse “It was just a joke”?

  • PubOption

    So that’s how Falkenflik is spelled. I thought it was Falconflick, so assumed he must be Maltese.

    • eggs ackly-wright

      His nickname is Dingus.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Every single one of the heartless assholes in this story should burn in hell for eternity (in the interest of not violating the no-commenting rules, I will not speculate on how or when they arrive there). These bastards have tormented the poor Rich family for how long now? All just to play their stupid little political games- they DGAF about the truth, or justice, or any of the other high minded twaddle they spout to excuse their ghoulish crap. They simply want to score political points and collect scalps for “their team” and couldn’t care less about who gets hurt, or continues to be hurt, in the process.

    And this includes the asshole purity pony brigade too- a great big FUCK YOU to all the lefty Bros™ and Jill Steiniacs who have gleefully helped propagate this shit because of their irrational hatred of all thing Clinton. You fuckwits are even worse than the RWNJs who traffic in this ugly crap 24/7. We expect no better from the likes of them, but you clowns dare to maintain your smug sense of moral superiority, all the while running to Infowars and Gateway Pundit like a common wingnut, looking for verification for your dimwitted tinfoil hat conspiracies.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      This wasn’t even about scalps. It was worse. It was allegedly so Donald Trump could stymie the Russia investigation. If that’s the case, and he really was involved, he should resign for this act. This. He dragged a grieving American family into this. There have been actions by American Presidents that were despicable but except for Terri Schiavo, I can’t remember punching down on a family this way.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        The idea that the boy king should go because of this should go without saying. What angers me though, is all the people who use this crap just to advance their political beliefs. To me, this is just as disgusting and reprehensible as the Sandy Hook nutters- these are real people who have suffered a real loss and they aren’t even being given the chance to mourn in peace without some asshole using them as a political punching bag.

        • YourMom

          So appreciate your reason and decency on this matter. It is the crass disregard for grieving families that should disgust everyone.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            exactly, leave these poor people alone- just like the Sandy Hook families and all the other poor people who have found themselves swept up in this sort of crap- just leave them alone to grieve and heal

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Fun fact: one of the fathers of one of the murdered children from Sandy Hook was a conspiracy theorist, before he became part of the Sandy Hook story. He wrote a piece about how all the loons were tormenting him.

          I met an actual Sandy Hook “truther” and I wanted to strangle him. It still breaks my heart whenever I see a picture of any of those little kids with their smiling, little, happy faces.

      • Rags

        George Bush’s ethics lawyer (?!?!?!?!!???) agrees with you.

    • Seth I. Rich

      Thank you.

    • Aaron Wise

      Another nonsensical post.

      Sanders = Pizzagate next?

      Get the Clinton jizz out of yer hair, and try again.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Would you like the copious list of “leftists” on Twitter who kept pushing that there was something nefarious about Mr. Rich’s death? Because I can certainly oblige you.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          I could start just with the Bro™ Faceplace postings I’ve had to endure, all chortling how Killary is going to jail for murder any second now, when that hit piece first was published. A quick tour of any of the Buster hangouts would find plenty of instances of these asswipes gleefully trading in ugly RW smears like the Seth Rich death. Then that clown AW has the fucking balls to pretend the shit we’ve all seen and loathed all this time is a figure of our imaginations?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Go fuck yourself- FWIW, I’ve all seen you shirtforbrains trafficking in the pizzagate bullshit too. You must be mighty proud of what an outstanding example of humanity you and your fellow zealots have become- there’s nothing you scum won’t stoop to…

    • Celtic_Gnome
      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Yeah, that one got retired quickly.

    • ANNG14

      These are people without ethics, morality, or decency who pander to people without ethics, morality or decency. Benghazi was the same thing.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Sean Hannity sickens me.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “Okay, Sir. You’re Butowsky I’m a Butowsky.”

    http://static.srcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/david-huddleston-obituary.jpg

    • WotsAllThisThen

      So every time a President is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the owner?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      “Was I the Russian hooker that peed on your rug?”

      • Kgprophet

        Really tied the room together

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Fox pulled the story because it didn’t meet their standards — they got caught. They have very strict standards of not getting caught.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Yup. Fox would be on more firm footing if they didn’t go to court lo many years ago to allow themselves to lie yet still claim to be news.

      • nightmoth

        Right. They don’t mean nuthin’–they’re an ENTERTAINMENT channel.

    • Canis Greyhame

      Oh I don’t know, seems pretty standard for Fox to want to host a big bundle of crazypants like Wheeler and Butowski, particularly in Hannity’s time slot.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    2 + 2= 45….I was told there would be no maths…

    • Catstro

      Is the math Republicans do to make themselves feel better?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        It’s how they make their budgets work

  • BigCSouthside

    So…fire Sean Hannity?

  • OrdinaryJoe

    So, last week was Idiot Week. Does that mean this week is Plain Stupid Week?

  • DainBramage

    These shitweasels should be sued for every penny they’ve ever made or will ever make by the Rich family, for the pain and suffering they’ve caused.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      the sad part is all the Rich family actually wants is to be left alone

      • DainBramage

        Well, I can understand that. We’ll let them grieve in peace.

  • Mary Theresa

    Lying liars, lying to each other. Turn this soap opera OFF!

  • 3FingerPete

    There is still the case of Peter W. Smith, who Hitlery had killed for spilling the beans about Trump conspiring with Russians I guess.

    • Ducksworthy

      With Helium. Most heinous crime in Minnesota history.

      • puredog

        Did he do his death rattle in a Daffy Duck voice?

  • Ducksworthy

    Hannity has an excuse. Pootin made him do it. Oh, and you can visit Ed Butowsky at his very own page. http://www.edbutowsky.com/ed-butowsky/

  • Stulexington

    I wonder if Butowsky was bullshitting about being pushed by the Preznut to get his story told, and more money for it.

  • Daniel Hooper

    I know most conspiracy theories can be broken with a little logic, but this one is especially flimsy. If Seth Rich’s death was staged by a professional to look like a robbery, how would you forget the wallet? A professional would make sure to take it and no one would question the robbery cover story. Not taking it and hoping people buy a, “panicked robbery that went bad” is dicey at best for a professional killer.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      That’s what they WANT you to think!

    • DainBramage
    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Eggzactly- or the thousand other ways to kill someone without shooting them in the back- or the ability to ignore the fact that there were 69 other unsolved murders in the DC area that year. Or the fact that Rich was a low level party member who showed zero sense of anger/unhappiness/whatever stupid excuse they use to explain why he’d want to email wikileaks in the first place. The whole thing is a steaming pile of shit that the nutters can’t stop wallowing in because they are desperate to justify their idiocy.

    • Stulexington

      It makes sense when you realize the rightwingnuts think Hillary is a villain from Matlock or Murder She Wrote: simultaneously brilliant and a idiot.

    • Reximus

      Or his laptop

  • Upright Ape

    Wait…..if this Wheeler dude is some GOP operative trying to obfuscate the Ruskie Scandal by introducing another scandal just so our eyes glaze over and we all retreat into a fog of bong hits and strong drink, is it then our duty to remain sober and vigilant?
    Gadzooks I’m confused.

    • OutOfOrbit

      calm down nobuddy said anything about getting sober

  • Lyly Sirivong

    Basically, if he hadn’t been discriminated against, he would have said nothing.

  • LiberalismIsMorallyBroken

    So Obama is a friggin butt pirate. He took it up the arsehole from Mochelle wearing a strap on. Biden was in the room, filming with his left hand and stroking Obama off with his right.

    • DainBramage

      Always good to get TLM’s insights into the news of the day.
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8crcsEiGg1rdns3wo1_500.gif

    • Michael Smith

      Haha why did you censor butt?

      • LiberalismIsMorallyBroken

        I didn’t.

        • Michael Smith

          b*tt – I mean unless he’s a batt pirate. And apparently batt means “a piece of felted material used for lining or insulating items such as quilts and sleeping bags.” I mean is Obama going around the seas stealing sleeping bag liner?

      • natoslug

        He was too busy stroking himself off at the thought of taking it up the ass that he mistyped.

    • dshwa

      I see your check for this month cleared.

    • clubseal

      That would be a pretty shitty camera angle, unless Biden has really long arms.

    • Finnibar87

      And you are clearly quite turned on by your fantasies.

    • ltmcdies

      Bye

    • Dg Hacket

      Dude, you’re drunk just go home and try to sleep it off

    • Reximus

      I think you’re looking for Wankit.com, pervy-boy

    • Alienist

      This is the single stupidest thing I have seen on the internet. It is pure, concentrated effluent from the GI tract of monsters from the id. If you made a hybrid of vileness, hatefulness, perversity, and lying, it would be virgin wilderness compared to this post. And the piece de resistance is that it come from someone calling himself “LiberalismIsMorrallyBroken”! T(tr(tro(troll)ll)oll)roll!

      • LiberalismIsMorallyBroken

        If that was the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen, you need to get out more.

        • anomie

          I have to admit, you do come across as an expert witness in this regard.

    • greyXstar

      Not your best work. You can do better than that. I believe in you!

    • Parakeetist

      Hi, TLM.

      • amrak63

        I’m still rather new here. Who is TLM?

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          in the beginning he used to rant about how awful gay sex was, and how it involved a man using his “Turgid Love Muscle” to do all sort of things to another man’s culo.

          He comes by and trolls every now and then (he’s admitted it).

        • Parakeetist

          A troll, Turgid Love Muscle. Name taken from his bloviating, repetitious posts.

    • amrak63
  • AJ Milne

    Kay, so the actual connection to Trump, so far, is tenuous…

    … but Spicer denies it.

    (Blinks…)

    I’m calling five days to ‘Okay, actually, Trump wrote the first draft.’

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    Not in the mood for TLM’s antics today, especially on this thread.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Yup, the charm wore off long ago- blocked and reported

  • Michael Smith

    Fox won’t report this, so none of the people for whom this information might be surprising will ever hear of it from a source they deem to be at least partially reliable.

  • Michael Smith

    Also, the loss of Roger Ailes at Fox makes the organization’s current hierarchy somewhat opaque to me. It’s like when a Soviet premier would die or (in Kruschev’s case) be removed, and for a few years you only hear from various ministers of such and such until they finally settle on a big boss again.

  • SadDemInTex

    Unfortunately preaching to the converted….it will only have meaning if Faux Gnus admits it…which will never happen. We can only hope that Mueller is getting all his ducks in a row (or turds, considering the source).

    • OutOfOrbit

      mueller is just an investigator like that “security monitor” commercial: “I’m just a ‘monitor’, I just report robberies, I don’t stop them.”

      • OutOfOrbit

        “I just investigate treason, high crimes and misdemeanors, I don’t prosecute them.”
        –mueller

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          except he’s a special PROSECUTOR, no?

    • kaydenpat

      Fox News retracted the story which was pretty unusual since this is surely not their only story made out of total b.s.

  • major_asshole

    This is the same Rod Wheeler who was a “homicide detective” with DC’s Metro Police for “nearly two decades” but in reality got caught smoking pot and was dismissed after something like five years.

    What I’m saying is this: it’s idiots, assholes, and liars…all the way down…

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Idiots, assholes, and Liars… Not my favorite Cher album.

  • whitroth

    A totally whack-job story, to try to distract from the Russian investigation, and Comey’s firing? Why does that sound bizarre. I mean, we *are* talking about the same party that had that fruitcake who tried to get his staffers to plant a story he’d gone trolling for gay hookers to try to cover his affair with another legislator who was also married….

  • goonemeritus

    Typical wasteful Republican spending, Why hirer a guy to come up with fake news when Russian children will provide this service for free.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Assuming Mueller has, or inevitably will come up with, something really good on Trump, there is only one strategy Trump can push: muddy the waters. Introduce all manner of confusion, red herrings and accusations to try and make Mueller’s eventual story look like just one more possibility in a sea of conflicting narratives.

    It looks like desperate flopping around to us, but it might go some distance with others.

    • Finnibar87

      Since everything Trump touches turns to shit, he’ll have plenty of material for muddling stuff up.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      How far does Sarah intend to go with the Hillary gave the uranium cooties to Putin silly story, then?…

    • YourMom

      Hey-it worked well enough to keep some of Hillary’s identified voters home on election day as they drenched social media with links to fake stories. (And there was also the Comey letter muddying up the water.)

  • Thorn Spike

    Sounds like an episode of Get S-M-R-T.

  • ken_kukec

    “Ed Butowsky — who, just like Wheeler himself, also has been a commentator on Fox.”

    Butowsky oughta butt-out-ski.

  • Duke

    So that’s how the FOX machine works. Then again, they’d need to have the propaganda talking points distributed to maintain consistency. It’s so hard to keep lies straight. Oh… It was to discuss adoptions.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    “I am extremely discreet:

    and I am fucking out of here!

  • Tio_Doidinho

    Wingnut Twitter (well, Infowars) is trying it’s damndest to stick the Seth Rich story to the Imran Awan story (IT guy caught stealing data from the DNC via D. Wasserman-Schultz). Roger Stone claims to have evidence that Seth Rich was hanging out with Aman the night of his death, which means Hillary totes did 9/11. Or something.

    Deflect deflect deflect. It’s all they know how to do.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      more BS

    • kaydenpat

      Who believes anything that Stone has to say? Everyone associated with Trump is a proven liar. Pizzagate should have been the end of anyone taking them seriously.

    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      got a link on the stealing data from DNC part? I’m seeing speculation about it (from the usual sources), but I thought the only charge so far was bank fraud.

      • Tio_Doidinho

        Sorry, my bad. Stated charges against Awan so far are bank fraud. (Stone’s trying to pin Russiagate on him, with zero evidence)

        • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

          no, just curious. I hadn’t heard that so I was lost.

    • miss_grundy

      And when they aren’t deflecting, they are projecting, projecting, projecting….

  • ken_kukec

    “The whole thing has more rabbit holes than Watership Down ..”

    And full of more bird shit than Johanthan Livingston Seagull.

  • spangled

    the most unbelievable part of the lawsuit is this statement:

    – Butowsky also texted Wheeler: “Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article.”

    We all know Trump can’t read. FAKE NEWS!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFkN7QGp2c

    • kaydenpat

      He reads his written speeches as if he’s seeing the words for the first time in his life.

      • miss_grundy

        And then he smirks and makes faces and uses mannerisms with those tiny hands with the tiny fingers.

  • moeman

    Heh, tRump’s people are having dinner with Fox News people every night.

    • kaydenpat

      Love your avatar. LOL.

    • miss_grundy

      Moochie was very angry when that bit of information leaked….

    • BillEGoatSmirk

      Yeah I’m sure last week wasn’t the first time Hannity had the White House meatloaf.

  • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

    Jesus, Hannity looks like someone showed him how 2 +2= 4 with crayons, and he still doesn’t understand.

    • kaydenpat

      He’s not all that bright so that would make perfect sense.

      • Le Chapeau

        First time he was introduced to Al Franken, Franken wanted to punch him.

  • greyXstar

    Jesus wept…

    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      Actually I can imagine him showing this to God and saying, ‘Wow, Dad, can you believe the stuff these idiots make up?’

  • kaydenpat

    “Wheeler was the genius behind a 2007 investigation of a “national underground network” of lesbian gangs who forced young men and women to turn gay, holding them at gunpoint. With pink guns.”

    Sounds like Wheeler has a very, very rich imagination. Wowzers!!

    • Mehmeisterjr

      And not even original.

      “My Gun is Pink” was published in 1987.

  • george lastrapes

    An FSB op to give cover to Putinists and Trumpskyites alike? Nothing would surprise me now. In normal times this would be a bombshell, but now it sounds like a distant backfire.

  • La forza del resistino

    Worry not Rod Wheeler. The Coen brothers read your story, asked themselves why they didn’t think of it and will start filming and you can expect a check for $162.25 soon.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      On the movie screen, this story would require at least one character with whom the audience can sympathize.

      The Frances McDormand character, if you will.

      So far, all we have is a bunch of creepy liars pathalogicalizin’ each other.

      Fill that gap in the concept and you’ve got gold, baby.

      • La forza del resistino

        U R right. I’ll leave my Big Butkowski script on the desk for now.

      • miss_grundy

        Is there anyone currently working for Mueller who could look like Frances McDormand–either a lawyer or an investigator????

      • Jukesgrrl

        I heard Frances McDormand is going to play The Mooch. Pass it on. He wasn’t involved in the story, but that never stopped Hollywood.

      • Le Chapeau

        “pathalogicalizin’ …. That’s no slouch of a word.

    • miss_grundy

      Except the Coen brothers will film a fictionalized version of this story and won’t pay Wheeler one thin dime. And it is exactly what he deserves.

  • I suppose this marks me as immature, but I just can’t stop smiling/laughing over this phrase. Big Trump supporter, Ed Butowsky. It is so apt, and in so many ways.

    • Le Chapeau

      Hey, you’re only young once, but, thank God, immaturity can last a lifetime!

  • Shalimar

    Oh, and also, Wheeler claims Fox discriminated against him because he’s black, and he wasn’t allowed to advance in his career at the network.

    Not that I’m rooting against him taking millions of their dollars, but maybe Wheeler should have realized he is black earlier and not tried to make a career on the white supremacy network?

    • Le Chapeau

      Reminds me of the “Lethal Weapon” movie where Danny Glover’s character shows up at the South Africa consulate demanding a visa to move to South Africa, leading one of the Boers to quizzically note, “But, but, you’re bleck!”

  • Mehmeisterjr

    …[T]he White House connection seems to rely solely on the word of an apparent fabulist: Ed Butowsky himself.

    And yet it seems plausible knowing what we know about El Trumpo Grande.

    Perhaps an investigator, oh, I don’t know, say a Special Investigator, let’s call him Robert Mueller for the sake or argument, might get to the bottom of it.

    • miss_grundy

      Yep, wouldn’t it be nice if Mueller could stick this to Tangerini as well, considering that this story and so many others have caused Mr. Rich’s parents so much pain. Madame Karma can’t come for Tangerini via the good offices of Mr. Mueller fast enough.

  • Arthur Adams

    I met Seth Rich once, probably 3-4 months before he was murdered, when he spoke to a class I was taking, about the data analysis work he did for the DNC. He was a nice, friendly young guy, one who clearly loved his work, and didn’t mind in the least when I spent about fifteen minutes with him after he spoke, showing a clear interest in a job like his (it helped that I got the reference when he referred to his boss at the DNC as “my Leo”.)

    He was a low-level staffer, and it’s damned unlikely he had access to the emails they claim he leaked. His work was on “get out the vote” data analysis, the type of effort that’s credited as being a major factor in both of Obama’s victories.

    I normally hate conspiracy theorists of any stripe, but this really leaves me really fucking pissed. I can’t call him a friend, having only met him once, but I would have liked to know him better. To see his name slandered by people who claim to want justice for him, but who are really only motivated by partisanship, and undoubtedly would have attacked his work if he were still living, that offends me personally.

    Am I unbiased in this? Fuck no. It is personal to me. I can only imagine how much it hurts the people who worked with him, called him a friend, or loved him.

    • nightmoth

      Thanks for the anecdote. It’s neat when people have personal knowledge and drop it here. This makes me remember how Vince Foster’s grieving widow begged the faux media to stop saying her mentally ill husband was murdered.

      • Arthur Adams

        Thanks for the kind words. I know it’s not the typical Wonkette comment (except for the obscenities.)

        I just wish I could be sharing a story about how I met the nice guy who went to work for the Clinton campaign and did great work there instead. (He had been offered a job there, if I remember other news stories about him. I think he wasn’t sure if he wanted to relocate.)

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    • Paperless Tiger

      Whatever happened, it’s clear that they’re lying and trying to cynically use his death for political gain. They are a bunch of buzzards, and those stink from the head as well.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Thanks so much for sharing that story. As you do, I feel so sorry for his grieving family and friends.

    • Le Chapeau

      Thanks for sharing that.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      His parents literally had to BEG Fox News to stop spreading bullshit about their son. I always think Republicans can’t go any lower, and then I’m always proved wrong by their actions.

  • Poly_Ester

    I guess that when you fabricate a quote you are not misquoting them in a lawyerly manner of speaking.

    • You should ice that burn

      “Accidental attribution” I believe is in fashion.

      • WIDTAP

        This is just a subcategory of Alternate Facts,

  • Butowsky and Wheeler met with Sean Spicer in April to discuss the Rich story

    And now we know why Sean needs more time with his family!!! WEEEE!!! Illegal doings!

  • whotookmymittens?

    I’m changing my last name to Folkenflik

    • You should ice that burn

      Whotookmymittens Folkenflik does roll off the tongue like water from a ducks back..probably work better as Whotookmymittens Folkenflik III

    • bettycat

      Butowsky’s not a bad choice either.

  • TootsStansbury

    Won’t they leave this poor family alone? How awful for them. Fuck the FOX trolls and assholes, fucking GOP TV. I dont even want to share the planet let alone the country with these people.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Infowars won’t leave the Sandy Hook parents alone, and you think these maroons will give the Rich family a pass out of, what, decency?

      • Lefty Wright

        Although done with the cooperation of his parents, Trump and the GOP did the same thing with Charlie Gard, using him for political gain while simultaneously working to deprive American kids and adults of health care.

    • katahdin

      They still haven’t left Vince Foster’s family alone. So. no they won’t.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    If anyone’s interested, I did a search of “folkenflik” on xhamster and didn’t get any results back.

    I figured it had to be a category of German porn.

  • miss_grundy

    And Chris Hayes is now discussing this story on his show now.

  • William

    Meagan Kelly defected. O’Reilly is living on a farm upstate, and Roger is taking a dirt nap. Hannity must fancy himself as the last manure conduit for the fair and balanced people. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9e458f40924ed8f1d688b17fe69e56dc59a419cea78c6dfeb43267bf0f864f5.jpg

    • rubikcube

      And as we found out last week… Bill Shine is still very much in the picture.

    • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

      You know what its like? Its like the cast of some cursed horror movie, slowly being killed off…one…by one…

      Except of course in this story, you aren’t screaming at them NOT to do that stupid thing that gets them killed. GO INTO THE BASEMENT!!!

  • WIDTAP

    “Congratulations to NPR media reporter David Folkenflik for untangling the mess.”

    Trump issues directive to cut NPR funding in 3…2…1….

  • rubikcube

    This Butowsky is a ghoul who wasn’t interested in solving any crime. Oh, and fuck Sean Hannity.

  • Snopes Shop

    Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

  • WhoCheckedRussia’sVoterID

    Did you spell it with two “t”s? That would be funny…butt…hehe. And apropos!

  • Le Chapeau

    “Wheeler was the genius behind a 2007 investigation of a “national underground network” of lesbian gangs who forced young men and women to turn gay, holding them at gunpoint. With pink guns.” Could these also be the ruthless lesbian farmers, who not only used pink guns, but threatened the innocent with fresh fruits and vegetables?

  • Ilgattomorte

    ***** TONIGHT ON FOX *****

    A Fox News Exclusive
    An anonymous White House staffer claims that he was injured by Donald Trump!

    The unnamed staffer claims that he was injured by the President while turning a corner in the West Wing. Suddenly, he was impaled by the President’s massive genitals. He was only able to avoid serious injury by grasping on to Trump’s luxurious hair. If not for that, and the additional support from the President’s unbelievably large hands, he would not have been able to recover at all.

    More on this developing story at 10PM with Hannity!

    • anomie

      ah.. the special newsflash comm found by a staffer on the desk of Scaramucci after he was so rudely escorted out. He was working so hard on that, too.

  • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

    Folkenflik = people flap or people tab in Swedish (i’ll admit, I had to look up flik). Does that have some deeper meaning? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!

    • I have it on the best authority that people do indeed fap.

      Oh, that is flap. Never mind.

  • Kerlyssa

    now i want that watership down summary

  • Zyxomma

    This would have given me a headache in the past. Fortunately, the deep breathing exercises are working.

  • Charlie Foxtrot

    If they probe this story a little bit more, a Russian gangster/govt functionary will pop out before the end of the week.

    • ExpatGirl

      Does the UK Russian Embassy and Wikileaks pushing the same theory during Hannity’s week of madness count?

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    “I have no credibilty” is the only true statement out of Butowsky’s sleazy pie hole.

    • anomie

      a rare but refreshing moment of self-awareness.

    • I’m stealing this and putting it on my business cards and resume.

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        I have to admit, I admired his honesty. It’s nice that he knows that everyone thinks he’s full of shit.

  • ryp

    I’m guessing this will go nowhere, as everyone involved is a nut job, but if I were to use Trumpanzee type logic, I’d say this is the smoking gun that lands everyone at Fox in jail.

    • Ducksworthy

      Include everybody at Fox in the treason trials next year. They are all colluding with the FSB.

  • kareemachan

    Lock ’em up!

  • Alternative Dog

    Do any of these assholes realize that Seth Rich’s family lost a loved one under horrible circumstances and that their self-serving jihad to drag that shit repeatedly through the mud only amplified the pain tenfold? Of course they don’t, because they are selfish assholes.

  • BillEGoatSmirk

    For anyone who hasn’t previously read this, it’s the letter from Seth’s parents that WaPo published back in May, where they are begging the RWNJ media to leave them and Seth the FUCK ALONE.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/were-seth-richs-parents-stop-politicizing-our-sons-murder/2017/05/23/164cf4dc-3fee-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.7264760269d2

  • akryan

    When you’re thinking, “hey maybe we can exploit this guy’s murder in a way that helps Donald Trump get elected President of the United States. let’s do it!” it’s time to rethink your values.

  • Not that the basket of deplorables will be convinced, but it certainly doesn’t make Fox or its network of inside sources look any more reputable.

    How can it not, Wonkette? After all thye just proved that fake news does, in fact exist.

  • freakishlypersistent

    These are the same credible people that believe, without a shred of evidence, that the former SOS and John Podesta were running a child sex ring out of the basement of a pizza parlor, that doesn’t have a basement.

    • Niblet58

      Sounds more like what Trump was running with his Trump Modeling Agency….

    • Covfefe

      Next you libruls are going to claim that Walmarts don’t have basements either.

  • pixeloid

    The neo-nutzies over at reddit are back on the Seth Rich story. They now have “proof” that he leaked the DNC mails to Wikileaks. Apparently every other story today is just to distract people from the REAL Seth Rich story.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6qzzny/explosive_additional_audio_seymour_hersh_confirms/

  • Serolf Divad

    “Update/Correction: Article originally misspelled Ed Butowsky’s name throughout…”

    Yeah, I was pretty sure “Ed the Butthead” was, at best, an alias.

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  • Vacuous Virgina

    I loved Butowsky in Animal House :-)

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  • What horrific act did you have to do in a past life to be saddled with a name like Butowsky? This man must be a real animal.

  • MyLovelyNose

    I think his name really is spelled Buttkissky and he changed it. A very reliable federal source told me.

  • Odd Jørgensen

    “I keep my name out of things because I have no credibility…” at least he has some kind of grounding to reality, however tenuous it might be.

  • rubikcube

    And here I thought Butowsky was being a big Buttinsky into Rich’s murder out of the goodness of his heart. Who knew his altruism would come with a price tag..?

  • Hazel Blumberg

    Benghazi!

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