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Tue Apr 16, 2024, 01:39 PM Apr 16

OAN and Smartmatic settle election defamation case [View all]

Source: CNN

By Marshall Cohen and Oliver Darcy, CNN

Voting technology company Smartmatic and the far-right network One America News said Tuesday that they had settled a defamation lawsuit stemming from the outlet’s lies about the 2020 election. “The case has been resolved pursuant to a confidential agreement,” OAN attorney Chip Babcock told CNN.

Both parties declined to share details about the settlement. The case against OAN was one of a spate of lawsuits filed against right-wing outlets in the aftermath of the election. In the wake of the 2020 presidential contest, pro-Donald Trump outlets spread lies wrongfully suggesting President Joe Biden had not been legitimately elected president. Smartmatic filed its lawsuit against OAN in 2021, alleging that the right-wing conspiracy network “victimized” the company and spread lies about its role in the 2020 election to “increase viewership and revenue.”

The development comes one year after Fox News reached a massive settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, another voting technology company that was similarly smeared in 2020. Fox News paid more than $787 million to end that lawsuit, becoming the largest publicly known defamation settlement in US history. Smartmatic still has pending lawsuit against Fox News, the smaller conservative channel Newsmax, and several pro-Trump figures who also pushed lies about the election.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/16/media/oan-smartmatic-settlement/index.html

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Not happy OrangeJoe Apr 16 #1
What if Smartmatic uses the money to continue the pursuit... Mawspam2 Apr 16 #2
Not good enough OrangeJoe Apr 16 #6
Exactly what I was thinking. Good lawyers are $$$$$! nt TeamProg Apr 16 #7
LOL Mysterian Apr 16 #8
Corporations duty OrangeJoe Apr 17 #10
Might bear watching for any personnel changes at the network in the coming weeks. Torchlight Apr 16 #3
Inspired jimfields33 Apr 18 #12
Take the money. OAN viewers oasis Apr 16 #4
Exactly right OrangeJoe Apr 17 #11
Both Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems BumRushDaShow Apr 16 #5
They're still on an OTA digital channel here ArkansasDemocrat1 Apr 16 #9
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