I’d bump the apology thread, but who cares?
The story gained traction among conservative outlets following WikiLeaks’s release of hacked Democratic emails, hacks which U.S. intelligence believe were also conducted by Moscow.
As late as 2017, then-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly texted a “60 Minutes” producer to say Rich’s death was “a contract kill, obviously,” claiming that Rich was a supporter of Clinton’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Fox News’s Sean Hannity also frequently promoted the conspiracy theory in 2017. Fox eventually retracted a report that Rich had been in contact with WikiLeaks after one of its main sources backtracked on his claims.
Great job, all around. I know this will get lost in the daily noise of the ■■■■■■■■■ but it’s worth a look. Also, there will be zero accountability for any individuals or news agencies that flogged this flaming garbage, long after it even had the thinnest shred of credibility, beyond the point at which the Rich family literally sued a news network over it. So thanks!