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Some of America’s biggest right-leaning media have spent the last week walking back on their earlier promotion of conspiracy theories surrounding alleged voter fraud and tampering from the November 3 election.

Both Fox News and Newsmax have aired segments this week contradicting earlier stories about election fraud and claims focusing on vote machines manufacturer Smartmatic. Without specifically retracting their earlier stories, or apologising for the mistakes, the broadcasters have stopped making the earlier claims, without evidence.

Smartmatic delivered legal notices to a trio of conservative networks for promoting baseless conspiracy theories about the company. In addition to Fox News and Newsmax, Smartmatic and Dominion also issued litigation against One America News Network.

In a 3 minute pre-produced segment, 3 Fox hosts, who previously aired a variety of stories citing election fraud, played the segment on their programs in an apparent attempt to appease the litigants and Fox News’ allegations of widespread fraud.

The programs included Fox programs “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, Maria Bartiromo’s “Sunday Morning Futures” and Jeanine Pirro’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine”.

The bespoke segments were called… “CLOSER LOOK AT CLAIMS ABOUT SMARTMATIC,” where a voice over questions Open Source Election Technology Institute Director Eddie Perez, “a leading authority on open source software for elections”, who fact-checks false claims about Smartmatic that have previously been made by Fox hosts as serious allegations.

The ‘segments’ have all the appearance of a legal retraction in response to the Smartmatic company’s demands and threats of litigation.

“Fox News has engaged in a concerted disinformation campaign against Smartmatic… Fox News told its millions of viewers and readers that Smartmatic was founded by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, that its software was designed to fix elections, and that Smartmatic conspired with others to defraud the American people and fix the 2020 U.S. election by changing, inflating, and deleting votes.”

Newsmax, described in Wikipedia as “a conservative American news and opinion website”, also aired its own version of segments walking back more unproven allegation on-air hosts made about Smartmatic’s voting technology. Host John Tabacco did his best to “clarify” the network’s coverage, stressing that it “has not reported as true certain claims made about these companies”.

Newsmax debunked claims earlier made on its platforms by hosts and guests but, again, didn’t label the segments as an official retraction. One such allegation made on Newsmax claimed “Smartmatic was owned by the Venezuelan government”, which is untrue. Smartmatic is a wholly owned US private company.

The network also walked back on unfounded claims it made about the Dominion voting system.

“Dominion has stated its company has no ownership relationship with the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s family, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s family, the Clinton family, Hugo Chavez, or the government of Venezuela.”

Smartmatic, one of 2 voting machine and software manufacturers that’s been attacked by President Trump and a bevy of lawyers for supposedly rigging the 2020 election. Pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, who has been a continuous source of some of the most outlandish claims, has also been the subject of litigation. Dominion Voting Systems, has also requested a retraction from the President’s i’voter fraud’ legal team, led by Powell.

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

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    John

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Most Alternative media is “Controlled Opposition” its there to create Straw Man arguments – think “lizard man”, “Hillary eats babies” “Nano Thermite”, “Venezuelan voting machines” and anything else that can be obviously debunked.

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    Brian

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Baloney. You’re pushing propaganda. Those who are following the issues closely know that the evidence of fraud is overwhelming. The war is between the swamp (a cabal of corrupt political insiders) and its media allies (apparently including the Thaiger) and an outsider president who isn’t complicit in the activities of the deep state. There are somewhere around 75 million patriots who actually like the US who are not going to allow a corrupt stooge to be installed as fraud. That’s what’s actually going on.

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      Mister Stretch

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm

      You rave and rant and are wrong, Brian.

      You shouldn’t have taken the blue pill.

      There are 80 million patriots that voted for Mr Biden. Your boy lost two straight elections.

      By the way, don’t forget to put on your tinfoil hat before you leave the house.

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        The Land of Smiles

        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:35 pm

        It`s just unbelievable that there are people out there with IQ as low as yours. A true microcephalian. “Mister Stretch” what a telltale nick, hahaha

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          Mister Stretch

          Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 3:50 pm

          Telltale nick? Because I am 1.95cm tall, and when my friends gave me the nick I was thin, as well?

          Before disparaging my IQ scores, you might want to know what they are.

          Higher than yours, I’d bet.

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        Richard

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Fake News at it again

        • The Thaiger

          The Thaiger

          Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:14 am

          Sorry, we just have to ask… what is ‘fake’ about this story? It happened, it’s real, it’s precisely what the 3 networks did and said. Please help us understand.

    • The Thaiger

      The Thaiger

      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:10 pm

      We’re not “pushing propaganda”. We simply reported the actions of 3 networks who were making allegations but have decided to “walk them back” (legal code for ‘retraction’). Just because the ‘other’ team won an election is just democracy in action and should be celebrated. And The Thaiger is not “allied” with anyone and your assertion is insulting. We are completely free and independent media and couldn’t give a hoot who wins the US or any other election. We just get paid to report news reliably and accurately and, if and when we get things wrong, we admit it, apologise and move on.

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        Brian

        Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm

        It’s something you don’t have the resources to investigate yourself. I don’t blame you for that — that would be very difficult, especially considering that it’s an international issue. But you are simply repeating what you are given, uncritically, as long as it comes from a source deemed by authorities to be credible. That’s pushing propaganda.

        It’s easy to see how harmful this behavior would be on an interpersonal basis, like if you were to uncritically relay information that you had been told without verifying them for yourself. “Joe is a murderer” or whatever, words coming from your lips as if you know something, when in fact you’ve just being handed a script. You wouldn’t do that yourself, but for some reason we consider it normal when news organizations do it.

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          No jokes please

          Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 1:17 am

          You are absolutely right, Brian. They are just parroting what the fake news outlets are broadcasting. There is a consistent pattern that whenever there is no transparency, those who are behind the con will dismiss any doubts anyone may have as a “conspiracy theory”. It`s like a magic wand – they call it a “conspiracy theory” and you will retract all you said, ashamed. In the 1970s, people who maintained that smoking leads to cancer were branded as conspiracy theorists by the tobacco industry.

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            Mister Stretch

            Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 7:55 am

            The world is so much scarier with you two thinking the way you do.

        • The Thaiger

          The Thaiger

          Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 1:46 pm

          Again, in the case of this story, we merely ‘parroted’ what 3 conservative media networks said… not ‘mainstream’ or left-wing media. Sometimes, actually most times, a spade is a spade. Reporting what someone says, accurately and without editing, is the foundation of journalism and news. We are a media company and like to follow big ‘media’ stories, of all sorts. American media has its own partisan style. The Thaiger does NOT have a partisan style. Whilst we may do a well-labelled editorial now and then, we pride ourselves on reporting news in a timely and accurate fashion. what has occurred in the US with the presidential election is of absolutely no personal interest to The Thaiger. But the story is worthy of coverage, from a historic and political point of view.

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            WAW

            Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 9:40 pm

            That $15.00 MAGA hat was the best investment Nick Sandmann ever made.

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        Red

        Friday, December 25, 2020 at 9:45 am

        You cannot argue with these people. You would have more luck arguing with a rabid dog. It is an exercise in futility.

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      Stephen M Byrne

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 1:12 am

      Right On!

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      J West

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Legal language and definitions are what confound average folk. Often legal terminology is confusing for non- lawyers when used where similar colloquial words and terms mean profoundly different things in the lingua franca of a courtroom proceeding.

      Example, when Bill Clinton testified during his trial over the Monika Lewinski affair, ” I did not have sex with that woman”. Average persons laughed, thinking they’d caught Bill in a lie.

      After all, hadn’t she testified that they’d had fellatio in the Oval Office? Did she not produce his semen on a blue dress she’d worn? “Gotcha red handed”, said the knowledgeable public. ” Not so fast” replied the barristers. ” What is the definition of sex”? , they countered.

      The public would soon witness the aquittal of Bill Clinton on that charge, because in law, fellatio is not defined as “having sexual relations”, as the charge had read. The public went away, stupified. “How can that be”? Because the law has its own lexicon, that’s why.

      So, when we hear the leftist media claim ” There is no evidence of mass fraud”, these are the weasel words of politics. The definition of mass fraud is a widespread coordination of officers conspiring. It doesn’t mean there weren’t thousands of cases of voter fraud extant.

      For those non lawyers who pick a favorite media and appoint them as final arbiter of truth, I suggest calm. It all ain’t as it seems. Which is why the US election hasn’t been officially decided by the lawyers.

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      Joe

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      There will always be lowly educated and mentally challenged people like Brian in every society, people who believe that alien lizards are to be found inside politicians’ bodies, flat earthers, Trump supporters, vaccination deniers etc etc.

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      Richard

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      Must be a liberal who wrote this piece, you said it pushing propaganda. Just yesterday in Georgia the fraud was proven. Even had a network engineer who in real-time hacked into the voting machines which are claimed to not be internet connected. Also shown was where voting totals were switched in favor of Biden.

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    WAW

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    The opera is not over until the fat lady sings !

    • The Thaiger

      The Thaiger

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      I think she’s already removed her horned hat and Queen Bodacia body armour and halfway to the nearest bar for a long drink.

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        WAW

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:23 pm

        “ We the people “

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    JJ

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    It’s been entertaining watching all the Conservative Trump sycophants in America pull a 180 and separate themselves from the election conspiracies. It is horrifying that anything that comes out of the wrong person’s mouth is assumed as fact without any evidence in the US.

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    Ronny

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6:37 am

    You are a complete fool Brian to believe in Trump and his endless lies. Trump is evil, the worst US president ever who has without any proof told endless lies to try and subvert democracy because he cant deal with failure
    A loser like you who support him.

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      John

      Friday, December 25, 2020 at 5:18 am

      Spot on.

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