The Tail, It Goeth Between the Legs: Newsmax Settles, Apologizes to Dominion Employee

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  1. InMD says:

    Hopefully he forces the same and then some out of the other clowns.Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to InMD says:

      I kinda hope not, I want to see some big nasty judgements.Report

    • North in reply to InMD says:

      I’m just guessing here but I suspect this is a strategy. The poorer and smaller fish will be forced to retract and apologize repeatedly which builds momentum for really sticking the knife into the bigger fish with the deeper pockets.

      The right wing media is discovering that going after public figures and organizations is not the same as going after private ones and organizations.Report

      • InMD in reply to North says:

        Maybe. It’s always worth keeping in mind that the purpose of civil litigation is to compensate for or correct a wrong done to the plaintiff, where merited under the law. It isn’t necessarily so great at vindicating larger principles, and it isn’t designed to be. Coomer will need to win or force settlement on the merits on each defendant, and what works with one may or may not be relevant to the claims against the others.

        However, much like the complete and embarrassing evisceration of Trump’s fraud challenges, the more factual reality is forced into the right wing media ecosystem the more likely it is to eventually fracture and implode. That’s worth applauding, as is the reminder that the courts aren’t the bastions of ideology they’re often made out to be. There are some institutions where facts and evidence still matter.Report

  2. Newsmax issued a statement and post an apology on their website. That’s pretty weak. If they’re serious about apologizing, they need to do it on air, and some large fraction of the number of times they repeated the slander.Report

    • I have seen reports that the apology will be read on-air multiple times in the coming week, in prime spots. The apology and other statements so far have included that the vote counts were certified as “legal and final.” It would have been nice if they were required to include the word “accurate” in there.

      Meanwhile the farce in Arizona continues. Cyber Ninjas has returned the early-voting counting machines to the county, but declined to tell the county what had been done to/with the machines.Report

      • Philip H in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Meanwhile the farce in Arizona continues. Cyber Ninjas has returned the early-voting counting machines to the county, but declined to tell the county what had been done to/with the machines.

        Were I the county, I’d treat those machines and criminal evidence and bag and tag accordingly. The fact that they are back this early does suggest Cyber Ninjas didn’t find anything, because if they had it would be advantageous to hold on to them for a big splashy press conference.Report

  3. Chip Daniels says:

    ““As intended, Defendants’ fabrication quickly spread throughout various media sources. ”

    The key words here are “As intended” because the lie has done its work effectively. At this point, a majority of Republicans believe the lie, and refuse to be persuaded otherwise, even by the same sources they accepted in the first place.

    Because they want to believe it, and the lie was only ever intended to assist them in that. The lie is now a permanent litmus test in Republican Party selection system.

    So American democracy is still in a very dangerous place, where the party that holds about half the power is deeply committed to its destruction.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Chip Daniels says:

      Yes indeed. Newsmax apologizing in a written statement doesn’t change that. And even IF the statement is read on air, it will be dismissed by the audience who are primed to toss out any information that doesn’t fit with their narrative.

      This will not end well.Report