Conservative Newsmax officially apologized Friday for spreading unsubstantiated allegations that a Dominion Voting Systems employee tampered with voting machines to cut President Donald J. Trump’s re-election bid last year.
in the an explanation Newsmax, posted on its website, admitted that it found “no evidence” of the conspiracy theories put forward by Mr Trump’s lawyers, supporters and others that employee Eric Coomer used the Dominion voting machines, the voting software had rigged and the final vote counts The election.
“On behalf of Newsmax, we apologize for any harm our reporting on the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused Dr. Coomer and his family,” the statement said.
Dominion’s director of product strategy and security, Mr. Coomer, sued Newsmax and several pro-Trump figures in December after being flatly defamed in the right-wing media arena. In his lawsuit, which also cites the Trump campaign, Rudolph W. Giuliani, and the One America News Network, Mr. Coomer alleged that he had damaged his reputation, emotional distress, fear, and loss of earnings by making false allegations the entire project would have spread Trump’s world, which he planned to manipulate the election.
Among the allegations was an allegation that Mr. Coomer said in a phone conversation with anti-fascist activists that he would secure a victory for Joseph R. Biden Jr., the lawsuit said. In fact, Mr Coomer did not attend an “Antifa conference call” and took no action to undermine the presidential election, the lawsuit says.
Even so, hashtags demanding that Mr. Coomer be arrested and exposed have been spread on social media. Mr. Trump’s son Eric posted a photo from Mr. Coomer on Twitter, along with the false claim that Mr. Coomer said he would secure a Biden win. Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s attorney, said at a press conference that Mr. Coomer was a “mean, vicious man” who was “close to Antifa”.
And Sidney Powell, who was also one of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, replied, “Yeah, that’s right” on Newsmax when asked if Mr. Coomer said, “Don’t worry about President Trump, I did already assured He will lose the election, ”the lawsuit said.
As a result, Mr. Coomer received an onslaught of abusive messages, harassment and death threats under the lawsuit listing Ms. Powell as a defendant.
“These inventions and attacks against me have changed my life, forced me to flee my home, and made my family and loved ones fear for my safety, and I fear for theirs,” Coomer wrote in an opinion column published in The Denver Post In December.
In its statement on Friday, Newsmax said it wanted to “clarify” its coverage of Mr Coomer.
“There are several facts that our viewers should know,” the statement said. “Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered in any way with Dominion voting machines or voting software, or that Dr. Coomer ever said so. Neither has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer has ever taken part in a conversation with members of the “Antifa”, nor that he was directly involved in a party political organization. “
It was not immediately clear whether the settlement had been posted as part of a settlement. Mr Coomer’s lawyers did not respond to messages on Saturday. Newsmax said it does not comment on any litigation.
“Our statement on the website is consistent with our previous statements that we saw no evidence of software tampering in the 2020 elections,” said a spokesman for Newsmax.
Newsmax published in December an explanation Dispensing with a number of false claims about Dominion and Smartmatic, another voting technology company that has been at the heart of conspiracy theories. The explanation came after Smartmatic announced it sent Newsmax legal notices and letters Demand for withdrawals for the publication of “false and defamatory statements”.
Newsmax’s statement confirmed that “no evidence was presented that Dominion or Smartmatic used software or reprogrammed software that manipulated the 2020 election vote.”
In February, a Newsmax presenter, Bob Sellers, cut off Mike Lindell, the executive director of MyPillow and a noisy Trump supporter, when he started attacking Dominion on the air. As Mr. Lindell continued speaking, Mr. Sellers read a prepared statement saying that the election results in each state had been confirmed.
“Newsmax accepts the results as legal and final,” said Sellers. “The courts also supported this view.”
Mr. Coomer’s lawsuit, filed in Colorado, differs from a series of lawsuits that Dominion Voting Systems has filed against Fox News, Mr. Giuliani, and Mr. Lindell.