The parents of Seth Rich, a Democratic aide whose unsolved murder became fodder for right-wing conspiracy theories about the 2016 election, reached a settlement with Fox News, whose coverage linked Rich to email hacks that aided President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run, reports the New York Times. Joel and Mary Rich sued Fox News in 2018, accusing the news organization of “extreme and outrageous” conduct in its coverage of their son’s death, claiming that it had fueled damaging rumors about him. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Rich, a Democratic National Committee staff member, was shot in the back and killed in 2016 near his home in Washington, D.C. The case is unsolved; authorities believe it was a failed robbery.
In 2017, Fox News published an article on its website suggesting that Rich was killed in retaliation for leaking damaging Democratic emails to WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Fox News host Sean Hannity repeatedly promoted the false theory on his prime time program. Fox News retracted the article a week after it was published, saying in a statement at the time that the article had not been subjected to editorial scrutiny and did not meet its standards.