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Alternative fact of the Week: Conspiracy theorists go nuts on a murder victim

Alternative fact of the Week: Conspiracy theorists go nuts on a murder victim

Alternative facts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are relatively benign, as when President Donald Trump insisted his inauguration drew record crowds when photographs show that no, it didn't. At other times, they are a cynical attempt to affect policy, such as the gross exaggeration, "Obamacare is in a death spiral" when no, it isn't. But there is something truly despicable about using the murder of a 27-year-old to spin some grand conspiracy theory about email in order to cast doubt on Russian interference in the last election.

Until this week, most Americans probably never heard of Seth Rich. He was killed near his home in Washington, D.C. last summer in...

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