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Dominion Voting Systems Hits OANN, Newsmax, With Defamation Lawsuits

After Dominion Voting Systems started suing news outlets and individuals for defamation for falsely accusing the company of using their machines to change the outcome of the 2020 election, we saw a rise in caution for presenting these stories. Mike Lindell was even cut off mid-speech on some right-wing media.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: Chanel Rion of One America News Network speak’s to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany during a White House press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House held a press briefing as Donald Trump continues to challenge the results of the 2020 Presidential election. [Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images]

However, a few news networks, including OANN and NewsMax, have kept up their coverage of the 2020 election, continuing to insinuate that there was something crooked or unfair about it. Dominion, it seems, is done with this.

The company announced its lawsuit on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Dominion’s legal counsel, Stephen Shackelford, released the following statement:

“As detailed in our complaints, OAN, Newsmax, and Patrick Byrne have knowingly and continuously sold the false story of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, with Dominion cast as the villain, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Newsmax and OAN both endorsed, repeated, broadcast, and amplified a series of verifiably false lies about Dominion to serve their own commercial purposes. Patrick Byrne is responsible for bankrolling and promoting a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion that reached millions of people worldwide. We are suing to set the record straight, to vindicate Dominion’s rights, to hold the Defendants accountable, and to recover damages for the devastating economic harm done to Dominion’s business.”

The complaints themselves don’t hold back in addressing exactly what these networks are accused of doing to the company. Here’s an excerpt from the complaint against Newsmax. Full complaint here (pdf).

“Spurred by a quest for profits and viewers, Newsmax—a competitor to media giant Fox—engaged in a race to the bottom with Fox and other outlets such as One America News Network (OAN)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 complaint against OANN includes a quote from a former producer, Marty Golingan, who said that most employees at OANN didn’t really believe the things they were saying about Dominion, and that “maybe if they sue us, we’ll stop putting stories like this out.”

These add to the list of entities Dominion has sued for defamation, including Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell.



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