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WATCH: OANN Reports “No Evidence Of Widespread Election Fraud” In 2020; Settles Legal Dispute

WATCH: OANN Reports “No Evidence Of Widespread Election Fraud” In 2020; Settles Legal Dispute

Far-right news outlet OANN has faced lawsuits over their coverage of the 2020 election, including spreading claims about companies that make voting machines, and other conspiracy-centered coverage that falsely suggested Donald Trump was right when he claimed the win was ‘stolen’ from him. Now, they’re admitting otherwise.

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 05: Supporters of President Donald Trump protest outside State Farm Arena as ballots continue to be counted inside on November 5, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

OANN was sued, as reported by Reuters, by two poll workers in Atlanta who accused the network of defaming them in news coverage. That suit was settled privately, with no details of the agreement disclosed.

However, in a new, short clip, OANN mentioned the settlement while very briefly covering the fact that Georgia officials have concluded there was no widespread voter fraud committed by the individuals.

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“Georgia officials have concluded that there was no widespread voter fraud by election workers who counted ballots at the State Farm Arena in November 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.”

Does this mean that OANN is done spreading election conspiracy theories? Unlikely — as you can see below, even after airing this, the network promoted Dinesh D’Souza’s conspiracy ‘documentary’ that claims to prove thousands of ballots were illegally returned by ‘harvesters.’

[Screenshot via OANN/Twitter]

As explained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the ‘documentary’ merely provides video evidence that some people returned multiple ballots, without any evidence that it was done illegally, noting that there are circumstances under which a person can legally return a ballot for someone else, and that legitimate ballots, even if returned illegally, remain legitimate.

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