Newsmax moves to distance itself from Trump’s baseless claims of US election fraud

(AP)
Right-wing cable news network Newsmax has issued a statement to distance itself from unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud related to Dominion Voting Systems and the Smartmatic voting software after weeks of reporting on the broadcast of conspiracies following the 2020 presidential election.
In a statement posted on the network's website and aired in a video statement read Monday by Host John Tabacco, the network is trying to "refine its reporting and state that it has not been reported as true" , several claims supported by its guests and contributors.
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Its statement went on to say that the network found "no evidence" that either companies manipulated the election results or that the companies had business relationships or relationships with Democratic House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, the Venezuelan government George Soros. "Or a foreign government or corporation."
The network's statement follows Smartmatic's legal advice that Newsmax, One America News Network and Fox News are forced to withdraw their coverage after Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and right-wing allies mistakenly linked Smartmatic to states where Donald Trump's legal team challenged election results Has.
Mr. Giuliani has falsely claimed that Dominion was "a front for SMARTMATIC that really did the arithmetic" to get results in "Michigan, Arizona and Georgia and other states".
A statement by Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said the network "has no evidence of its attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence".
"This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine lawfully conducted elections," he said. "Our efforts affect more than just Smartmatic or any other company. This campaign is an attack on electoral systems and electoral officials to deplete confidence in future elections and potentially the will of voters not only here but in democracies around the world. "
The New York Times reported that Smartmatic has retained defamation attorney J Erik Connolly, who successfully resolved a beef producer's lawsuit against ABC News following the "pink slime" controversy in 2017.
Dominion also hired defamation attorney Tom Clare, who threatened to take legal action against the networks on behalf of the company.
In a letter dated December 16, the company proposed the "coordinated media circus and fundraising program" led by Ms. Powell and others, which has put the lives of the company's employees at risk and has caused enormous damage to the company.
"Your extravagant allegations are proven to be false," said the letter, which noted that Ms. Powell's allegations about the company were not brought to court, "and effectively denied Dominion the opportunity to make the" false allegations. " refute their litigation. "
"While you are entitled to your own opinion, Ms. Powell, you are not entitled to your own facts," the letter said.
The Dominion letter also asked Ms. Powell to keep documents, emails, messages, records, and other notes related to her claims - an indication of a possible libel claim litigation.
If she refuses to withdraw her allegations, "it will be viewed as additional evidence of actual malice," warns the letter.
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