Newsmax next to back down under legal threat

After the right wing echo chamber broadcast and amplified Trump’s wild claims of election fraud by the Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, they were threatened with legal action. Smartmatic posted on their website the basis of their complaint.

According to Smartmatic’s demand letters, these organizations could have easily discovered the falsity of the statements and implications made about Smartmatic by investigating their statements before publishing them to millions of viewers and readers. Smartmatic had nothing to do with the “controversies” that certain public and private figures have alleged regarding the 2020 U.S. election.  Multiple fact-checkers have consistently debunked these false statements with stunning consistency and regularity. 

“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence.  This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “Our efforts are more than just about Smartmatic or any other company.  This campaign is an attack on election systems and election workers in an effort to depress confidence in future elections and potentially counter the will of the voters, not just here, but in democracies around the world.”

Since its founding in 2000, Smartmatic has designed and implemented secure election technologies in twenty-five countries and helped election management bodies record over five billion votes without a single security breach, and where every single vote is auditable.

Smartmatic’s only involvement in the United States in the 2020 election was as the manufacturing partner, system integrator, and software developer for Los Angeles County’s publicly owned voting system.  Election processes conducted using Smartmatic technology have been praised by The Carter Center, The Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), and the United Nations development Programme (UNDP).  Smartmatic is an approved vendor of the United States Department of Defense and a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. 

Fox News lawyers clearly ordered three of their most incendiary hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro to air the same clip of someone denying all their previous allegations.

Now Newsmax, the news channel of choice of those who think that Fox News has become a Commie hellhole, has come out with an even more abject apology, also clearly ordered by their lawyers because the guy doing it looks like he’s in a hostage video. The wild things he is being forced to deny make for hilarious listening.

It appears that Dominion is weighing a lawsuit against White House counsel Pat Cipollone and President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Are we going to see a similar walk back by these two in the next few days?


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Multiple fact-checkers have consistently debunked these false statements with stunning consistency and regularity.

    Scary how large the conspiracy is, right?

  2. says

    OANN hasn’t folded yet, though.

    And yes, Dominion is being sued by Eric Coomer, who is the security director of Dominion. He specifically names “the Trump campaign, lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin, the website Gateway Pundit, Colorado conservative activist Joseph Oltmann, and conservative media Newsmax and One America News Network.”


  3. mediagoras says

    According to the embedded tweet, “This is what happens when you’re about to get sued for your entire network.” Yes, but that’s only part of it. The greater part is they understand they would most likely lose a defamation suit. Specifically, they know they were negligent—at the very least—in broadcasting false statements as fact, and they believe there was harm to the targets (indeed, that was part of the motivation). Also, their so-called retraction was lamer than the original “reporting.” No doubt there is a lack of integrity in much of the media, but they are the lowest of the low.

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