OAN scrubs conspiracy articles about Dominion voting machines from its website
For months now, One America News Network (OAN) has backed former President Donald Trump's most outlandish, baseless claims regarding the 2020 presidential election — namely his repeated attacks on Dominion Voting Systems.
Now, according to Business Insider, the network appears to be quietly distancing from the former president's rhetoric by removing content related to the voter fraud conspiracy theories Trump pushed for several months.
According to Yahoo, "the 'Dominion Voting Systems' category tag included now-deleted stories based on groundless allegations, such as [former Trump campaign attorney Sidney] Powell claiming Dominion had a 'vote switch algorithm,' Giuliani claiming the supposed algorithm created a specific margin for Biden's victory and an interview with someone claiming a Dominion executive has secret ties to Antifa."
Much of OANN's coverage focused heavily on the conspiracy theories that were included in Powell's lawsuits. The network came under fire for its reporting on the election-technology company after employees began receiving death threats over conspiracy theories about the election. The outlet's decision to remove content may be due to the impending threat of litigation. Back in December, Dominion defamation attorney Tom Clare sent out letters demanding "public retractions and apologies" for the damaging content the outlet posted.
In a Zoom press conference, Clare said, "These false allegations have caused catastrophic damage to this company. They have branded Dominion, a voting company, as perpetrating a massive fraud. Those allegations triggered a media firestorm that promoted those same false claims to a global audience."
On many occasions, OANN echoed Trump's tweets and other falsehoods. The former president also had a habit of tweeting articles and media from the outlet to circulate more false claims.
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