FACT CHECKS ARE FOR WIMPS

The right-wing news outlet Newsmax on Monday broadcast a lengthy statement to “clarify” false and baseless claims made on its platform about two vote-processing companies, Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, and the 2020 election – according to BusinessInsider.

“Newsmax would like to clarify its news coverage and note that it has not reported as true certain claims made about these companies,” John Tabacco said on the network.

Newsmax also posted the same statement on its website on Saturday. It said it had “no evidence” to back up certain election-fraud claims.

Smartmatic, a digital-security firm, has threatened to sue Newsmax, Fox News, and One America News Network over promoting false and defamatory claims that the firm engaged in or covered up voter fraud, The New York Times reported.

Clarifications that aired on Fox News and Fox Business Channel over the weekend were different from the one that aired on Newsmax. The Fox hosts Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, and Lou Dobbs used interlocutors to correct the record on various claims instead of reading a statement.

The Times said Dominion Voting Systems had also threatened to sue the Trump campaign and Sidney Powell, a lawyer who worked for the campaign who has spread lies and disinformation about the election results and the voting companies.

President Donald Trump and his allies, including Powell and his attorney Rudy Giuliani, have aggressively promoted baseless claims that the companies were part of a global cabal bent on stealing the race.