For more than a year and a half the crusade to keep Donald Trump’s cult convinced that the 2020 election was “rigged” has been supported by right-wing media outlets including Fox News, Newsmax and One America News Network (OAN). Their flagrant dishonesty resulted in the deadly insurrection in Washington, D.C. by brainwashed Trump disciples intent on preventing President Biden’s victory from being certified and undermining democracy.
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Another result of the conservative press disseminating blatant lies about election fraud was the filing of billion dollar lawsuits against them by voting systems companies:
Dominion sued Fox News for $1.6 billion.
Smartmatic sued Fox News for $2.7 billion, and later…
Added Newsmax and OAN to the lawsuit.
In addition to these lawsuits, OAN was sued by two election workers in Georgia who the network (and Rudy Giuliani) asserted had engaged in criminal misconduct while counting votes. There was never any evidence to support the charges and the network knew it. Which is why they recently settled with the election workers. And now they have aired a concession that their “reporting” was untrue. OAN admitted that…
“Georgia officials have concluded that there was no widespread voter fraud by election workers who counted ballots at the State Farm Arena in November of 2020. The results of this investigation indicate that Ruby Freeman and Wandrea ‘Shaye’ Moss did not engage in ballot fraud or criminal misconduct while working at State Farm Arena on election night. A legal matter with this network and the two election workers has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties through a fair and reasonable settlement.”
— One America News (@OANN) May 10, 2022
For the record, Georgia officials concluded that “there was no widespread voter fraud” a year and a half ago. It was OAN who continued to peddle lies about it until faced with this lawsuit. And their falsehoods fueled Trump’s “Big Lie” the election was “stolen,” wherein he had even cited the falsely accused election workers by name at his cult rallies.
This admission of “fake news” by OAN only relates to the incidents in Georgia. However, the network is still on the hook for broader allegations of defamation in the other lawsuits and they have altered their editorial stance on election fraud. In fear of further litigation, they placed a disclaimer on the air prior to a crocumentary by MyPillow’s Mike Lindell, disavowing any connection to it or its preposterous assertions. It’s title, “Absolute Proof” had the conspicuous flaw of containing no proof whatsoever. Not unlike the crocumentary by convicted election fraudster, Dinesh D’Souza.
OAN is going to have considerably more trouble arriving at a settlements with Smartmatic and Dominion. Their slander was more than just defamatory. It caused substantial financial and reputational harm. But OAN’s future is already in doubt since they were dumped by their biggest distributer, DirecTV.
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And the same problem exists for Newsmax and Fox News. These propaganda pushers need to learn that there are consequences for deliberately promulgating malicious lies.
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5 thoughts on “WATCH: OAN Concedes that ‘There Was No Widespread Voter Fraud’ to Settle Defamation Lawsuit”
Mark, do you have any idea of the size of the settlement in this case? Given that I read reports that OAN’s finances aren’t particulalry healthy right now, I’d be delighted to learn that a big fat settlement here might be pushing OAN towards a well-deserved bankruptcy. Or we can leave that step to Dominion and Smartmatic, which I hope is not far off.
I would hope one day that ”Newsmax and Fox Spews were facing bankruptcy too. While they were at it, i would LOVE to see Carlson Tucker would be indicted for treason and facing 20 years in prison. Oh yeah, throw in Sean Hannity too. Him and Tucker are very, very. poor excuses for human beings. Oh, i forgot, throw in that Laura Ingraham too. or however her name is spelled.
I should have proof-read that last comment. I should have left out the word ”would” after Carlson Tucker. You see, just thinking about that ass hat made me mess up!! I also arrange his name backward, his parents were just as stupid as he is giving him 2 last names. Carlson and Tucker are usually last names for most people.
John, the family stupidity continues: his son’s called Buckley, the poor innocent lad, presumably after William F Buckley, a noted rightwing ignoramous from the 1960s. We may presume that Tucker himself was named after Preston Tucker, the would-be carmaker who took on the giants of Detroit and lost, post-WW2.
Wow, i honestly didn’t know that. Sounds like the whole family were real wacko’s. I liked the film about Preston Tucker with Jeff Bridges playing to part of Preston Tucker. The best part of the film to me was the scene where they were testing the car they built on a race track with Tucker’s enemies were at the track watching the car go around the track and that Senator called someone on the phone and said, ” that son of a bitch Tucker built the damn thing” i think the guy that played that Senator’s part was none other than Lloyd Bridges. Correct me if i am wrong about that as its been a long time since i saw the movie. i would love to call Carlson Tucker a son of a bitch to his face. I despise that sorry excuse for a human being. I would love to see that film again, but i can’t find it anywhere on my streaming thingy. I think the full name of it was, ”TUCKER, a man and his dreams”
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