OAN was fully aware that Lindell's 'docu-movie' was full of lies, but — like Fox News, Newsmax, and others — was content to deceive its viewers in exchange for ad dollars. — Dominion attorney Thomas Clare
OAN was fully aware that Lindell's 'docu-movie' was full of lies, but — like Fox News, Newsmax, and others — was content to deceive its viewers in exchange for ad dollars. — Dominion attorney Thomas Clare
Dominion sues Newsmax, OAN, and Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for promoting election conspiracy theories
  • Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against One America News and Newsmax seeking billions in damages.
  • The far-right media fixture of the Trump era grew after hosts pushed election conspiracy theories.
  • The election technology company also sued individual OAN employees and Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne.
Tuesday's lawsuit against OAN accused it of engaging "in a race to the bottom with Fox and other outlets such as Newsmax to spread false and manufactured stories about election fraud."

"Dominion quickly became the focus of this downward spiral of lies, as each broadcaster attempted to outdo the others by making the lies more outrageous, spreading them further, and endorsing them as strongly as possible," the lawsuit said. It added that although the lies promoted by OAN were "verifiably false," they were still "devastating" to Dominion's reputation.

Dominion also accused OAN hosts Chanel Rion and Christina Bobb of amplifying and spreading false claims about Dominion. The network "deputized" Rion "as an in-house spokesperson for all Dominion-related content," the lawsuit said.

Newsmax, the right-wing outlet owned and run by Donald Trump's friend Chris Ruddy, was slow to acknowledge the reality of President Joe Biden's victory in the November 2020 election. Instead, it hosted Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, two attorneys who worked on Trump's legal team challenging the election results.

... Dominion suggested in its lawsuit against Lindell that it would soon sue OAN. OAN had aired "Absolute Proof," a conspiracy theory-filled "docu-movie" Lindell produced in an attempt to change the results of the election. Dominion attorney Thomas Clare said the company produced a "barely legible" disclaimer for the video that was "a calculated attempt to avoid defamation liability for the lies it was about to knowingly broadcast to a global audience."

"OAN was fully aware that Lindell's 'docu-movie' was full of lies, but — like Fox News, Newsmax, and others — was content to deceive its viewers in exchange for ad dollars," Clare wrote in the lawsuit.
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