A bizarre, politically-motivated lawsuit filed today against Fox News has been eagerly exploited by rival CNN.

Naming the network, correspondent Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky, a past contributor, the suit reads like a sensationalistic political diatribe. It claims collusion between the White House, Fox News and a GOP donor to push a “fake” story related to the 2016 murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

Perhaps most peculiar is that plaintiff Rod Wheeler appeared on Fox as recently as two days ago and seemed perfectly happy to be there:

As a Fox contributor for 15 years, why would Wheeler throw away a long relationship for a suit with little likelihood of succeeding?

And with three New York-based attorneys racking up billable hours, who is paying his legal bills?

First reported by NPR (with the unsurprisingly-slanted headline of “Behind Fox News’ Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale”), it was then gleefully picked up by CNN.

Led by chief partisan attack dog Brian Stelter, CNN spent the entire day exploiting the situation, expressing supposed concern for the family of Seth Rich:

Media reporter Oliver Darcy has also been tweeting about it regularly, with some attempt to include responses by Fox and Budowsky:

For your summer reading pleasure, here’s the filing:

Fox Suit by mlcalderone on Scribd

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