Newsmax Disavows List of Election Conspiracy Claims While Determining Defamation Lawsuit by Dominion Employee Initially Referred as’Antifa’
Newsmax reached a private settlement and apologized to a Dominion employee who resisted the socket for defamation in December for amplifying a pro-Trump conspiracy concept scapegoating him for its 45th president defeat.
Dr. Eric Coomer, the manager of product strategy and security for Dominion, filed the lawsuit against over a dozen entities and individuals late last year in the Denver County district court.
Branded by certain corners of the political right as in cahoots with antifascist activists to put President Joe Biden to the Oval Office, Coomer stated that Donald Trump assistants called him a”traitor” and subjected him to”multiple credible death threats”
On Nov. 17, the conspiracy theory reached the Twitter account of Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted out the Gateway Pundit narrative attributing the statement to Coomer:”Do not be worried about the election, Trump is not gont win. I left f*cking sure of this!”
Roughly 3 days afterwards, Newsmax joined the fray by encouraging pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell–another defendant in the event –on The Howie Carr Show. Powell claimed to get a copy of the conference phone and asserted that Oltmann’s assertions about Coomer’s presumed statements were”true,” according to the lawsuit.
She told the audience which she had a duplicate of the telephone and created other assertions which Newsmax allegedly didn’t even question or fact-check.
“Powell hadn’t any’copy of the telephone’ or recording,” the lawsuit states. “Dr. Coomer hadn’t’disappeared’ And Dominion hadn’t closed its offices. These allegations were capable of confirmation. Yet, neither Newsmax nor even Powell made any valid effort to verify them before publishing.”
On Friday afternoon, Newsmax posted a lengthy statement on its site disavowing the asserts.
Newsmax would love to clarify its coverage of Dr. Coomer and notice that while Newsmax originally covered claims by President Trump’s attorneys, supporters and many others who Dr. Coomer played a role in controlling Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting software, and the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential elections, Newsmax then found no evidence that such allegations were true. Many of the states whose outcomes were contested with the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive exemptions and loopholes, and every one of those states certified the results as lawful and closing.
There are lots of facts which our viewers must be aware of. Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting software at all, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so. Nor has Newsmax discovered any evidence which Dr. Coomer ever engaged in any dialog with all members of”Antifa,” nor that he had been immediately involved in any partisan political organization.
Steve Skarnulis, Coomer’s attorney, supported the settlement in an email to Law&Crime, but he said that the conditions of the agreement are confidential. The notice of voluntary dismissal states that Coomer and Newsmax have”fully and finally settled the disputes .”
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The lawsuit stays active as to the remaining defendants.
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