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Newsmax Apologizes, Settles National Employee Lawsuit – Deadline

Newsmax has apologized to a Dominion Voting Systems employee who named the outlet in a libel suit over false allegations that it manipulated votes in the 2020 presidential race.

The complaint was lodged in December by Eric Coomer, the company’s director of product strategy and security, after being the subject of conspiracy theories being released to the right, in line with Donald Trump’s claims that the election had been stolen from him.

In a report posted on his website, the outlet said, “Newsmax would like to clarify its coverage of Dr Coomer and note that while Newsmax initially covered claims by attorneys, supporters and others of President Trump that Dr Coomer played a role in manipulating the voting machines of the Dominion, the Dominion’s voting software, and the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential election, Newsmax subsequently found no evidence that such claims were true. Many states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted numerous recounts and audits, and each of those states has certified the results as legal and final.

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Coomer’s attorney, Steve Skarnulis, confirmed the settlement but said the terms were confidential.

In his trial, filed in Colorado in December, Coomer’s attorneys wrote in their complaint that Coomer “was vilified and subjected to an onslaught of offensive messages and harassment. In response to multiple credible death threats, Dr Coomer was forced to leave his home out of fear for his safety.

In its statement, Newsmax said: “On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm our report into the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family.”

Even though the claims against Newsmax were dismissed, litigation remains ongoing as a number of other defendants have been named in Coomer’s lawsuit. They included the Trump campaign, lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as media figures and commentators like Michelle Malkin and Chanel Rion. Another outlet, One America News Network, was also named, which drew attention for its steadfast defense of the former president.

Joseph Oltmann, a podcast host identified in the lawsuit as the source of the conspiracy theories about Coomer, was also named in the lawsuit. As recounted in the lawsuit, Oltmann claimed to have infiltrated a call with an antifa member, and a man named “Eric of the Dominion” who said he would ensure Joe Biden was elected president.

In the lawsuit, Coomer’s attorneys noted: “Oltmann did not provide any explanation as to how he learned of or accessed this alleged appeal. Oltmann admitted that he had no records of them and indicated that he had no knowledge of the participants he was referring to. But Oltmann attributed the alleged statements to Coomer, and then the right-wing media amplified the media claims. After filing the complaint, Oltmann defended the allegations, saying on his podcast, “I don’t write stuff on my social media that, frankly, I couldn’t defend. I do not,” according to Colorado Public Radio.

In its statement, Newsmax said it “found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered in any way with Dominion voting machines or voting software, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have it. made. Newsmax also found no evidence that Dr Coomer ever participated in a conversation with members of Antifa, nor that he was directly involved in a partisan political organization.

Dominion Voting Systems has sued Giuliani and Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for spreading conspiracy theories about the company, and last month the company sued Fox News for $ 1.6 billion. The network defended its reports and called the lawsuit “without merit”. Fox News also asked a judge to dismiss a defamation case filed by another electoral systems company, Smartmatic. Among other things, the network maintains that their coverage was protected by the First Amendment because it focused on the claims of the then president and his allies.

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