Liberals thought they finally had the magic bullet that would take down Fox News.
One lawsuit working its way through the court system threatened some of Fox’s biggest names like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs.
And then Fox News made a confession in court that no one saw coming.
Last October, Fox News settled a lawsuit with the family of murdered former DNC staffer Seth Rich.
Fox News agreed to pay the Rich family millions of dollars to settle after the Rich family sued over a story on Foxnews.com that fueled the conspiracy theory that Seth Rich was murdered for his role in handing over emails obtained from the Democrat National Committee to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.
Hannity and Dobbs promoted the theory on the air and were set to be questioned under oath as part of the lawsuit.
Fox News settling made all that go away.
But New York Times media columnist Ben Smith reported that Fox settled the case under the condition that the settlement not become public until one month after the November election.
“Fox’s decision to settle with the Rich family came just before its marquee hosts, Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity, were set to be questioned under oath in the case, a potentially embarrassing moment. And Fox paid so much that the network didn’t have to apologize for the May 2017 story on FoxNews.com,” Smith wrote.
“But there was one curious provision that Fox insisted on: The settlement had to be kept secret for a month — until after the Nov. 3 election. The exhausted plaintiffs agreed,” Smith added.
Fox News critics pointed to the story as one of the centerpieces of their argument that Fox was not a real news network.
This was a story Fox News clearly got wrong as they admitted as much in court with the financial settlement to the Rich family.
But the Russia collusion story was a media-wide debacle that extended far beyond Fox News.
And so far no one has been held accountable for that fiasco, particularly not Ben Smith, the former Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed who chose to publish the dodgy Russia dossier that launched the entire hoax.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.