Right-wing media avoids Trump leaks story, reports on Clinton's emails instead

Fox News and Breitbart focused on tin-foil hat theories instead of Trump revelations

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published May 16, 2017 1:30PM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Even as most news outlets were reeling from the revelation that President Donald Trump had revealed highly classified information to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during an Oval Office meeting, right-wing news outlets remained mostly silent on what became the story of the day.

Instead, some focused yet another conspiracy theory regarding Hillary Clinton.

According to a report by The Week, right-wing media outlets including Fox News, Breitbart and The Drudge Report avoided the story that broke Washington Post broke readership records. Instead, The Drudge Report and Fox News focused on a report by Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the family of deceased Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich. After Rich was shot and killed in Washington in July, many on the right began speculating that he may have been the source behind WikiLeaks' publication of emails that embarrassed the Hillary Clinton campaign during last year's presidential election.

Wheeler now claims that there is information on Rich's computer linking him to WikiLeaks and that neither, "the police department nor the FBI have been forthcoming," about his investigation into the circumstances behind Rich's death.

While neither Wheeler nor any of the right-wing sites breathlessly covering his claims have provided any proof of their veracity, that story was deemed sufficiently newsworthy to take precedence over the revelation that Trump had betrayed a highly classified bilateral confidence by sharing it with Kislyak and Lavrov.

If there was any doubt that Trump had indeed leaked the information, the President himself confirmed the story in a tweet Tuesday morning.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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