Fox News originally claimed that Seth Rich was murdered after allegedly being the source of the DNC hacks and purloining the stolen data to WikiLeaks.
This false narrative would help President Donald Trump in two ways:
- It would change the election interference story into a DNC murder investigation.
- It would remove the need for Russian hackers to steal the data (since according to Fox’s version, Seth Rich was the hacker).
- It would help the President beat the news cycle, possibly ending the media or diminishing the frenzy concerning the Russia investigation.