This Friday, an appeals court reinstated a 2017 lawsuit filed against Fox News by the parents of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich. According to the Rich family, Fox pushed unverified claims about his murder and disseminated conspiracy theories suggesting his murder was linked to DNC emails released by Wikileaks during the 2016 election, Law & Crime reports.
Joel and Mary Rich say the resulting right-wing media complex’s obsession with their son’s murder caused them “emotional distress.”
Fox News retracted its initial story on Rich’s murder one week after it was published in May of 2017, saying it “was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny.”
Last year, the lawsuit was thrown out by a lower court judge who said it failed to “adequately allege essential elements of the causes of action asserted.” But this Friday, a panel of federal appeals court judges in New York said that throwing out the lawsuit was the wrong decision.
“The Riches’ complaint plausibly alleges enough facts to state a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress — for extreme and outrageous conduct by [Fox News],” the judges wrote. “We have no trouble concluding that — taking their allegations as true — the Riches plausibly alleged what amounted to a campaign of emotional torture.”
In a statement responding to the ruling, Fox News continued to insist that their coverage of Rich’s murder wasn’t misleading.
“The court’s ruling today permits Mr. and Mrs. Rich to proceed with discovery to determine whether there is a factual basis for their claims against FOX News,” the statement read. “And while we extend the Rich family our deepest condolences for their loss, we believe that discovery will demonstrate that FOX News did not engage in conduct that will support the Riches’ claims. We will be evaluating our next legal steps.”
In July of 2016, the 27-year-old staffer was shot and killed in Washington D.C. near his home. Police have ruled his murder to be the result of a botched robbery and have found no evidence that his killing was linked to the release of DNC emails.
New York’s coronavirus crisis tracked back to European travel — not China: scientists
The New York Times reported Wednesday that scientists have tracked the cases of coronavirus in New York back to travel from Europe.
The Times explained that genomes show the link to those who came down with the virus back in February.
President Donald Trump has been celebrating his decision to shut down some travel from China, though not all travel. A whopping 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States since the coronavirus crisis.
Warrant for journalists from Jerry Falwell Jr. came from Liberty University’s own police
A right-wing commentator interviewed Jerry Falwell Jr. during his show Wednesday, where Falwell said that there were two arrest warrants open for reporters who came onto Liberty University's campus.
Upon further examination of the warrant, the police officer who signed the warrant was Detective/Sgt. A.B. Wilkins 206 LUPD. The LUPD is not the Lynchburg Police Department nor is there a Sgt. or Detective A.B. Wilkins. It's the police department under the authority of Liberty University.
Trump defenders Diamond and Silk locked out of Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation
Fox Nation hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, were temporarily locked out of Twitter on Wednesday for urging people to go outside and develop immunity against the coronavirus.
“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their joint account.
A spokesperson for Twitter told Mediaite their account was locked over the tweet.