Newsmax reached a private settlement and apologized to a Dominion worker who sued the outlet for defamation in December for amplifying a pro-Trump conspiracy theory scapegoating him for the 45th president’s defeat.
Dr. Eric Coomer, the manager of product strategy and security for Dominion, filed the lawsuit from over a dozen entities along with individuals late last year in the Denver County district court.
Branded by certain corners of the political correct since in cahoots with antifascist activists to put President Joe Biden to the Oval Office, Coomer reported that Donald Trump supporters called him a”traitor” and exposed him to”multiple plausible death threats” The rumors were circulated by Colorado businessman Joseph Oltmann, who claimed to have an”Antifa Conference Call”
On Nov. 17, the conspiracy concept reached the Twitter accounts of Donald Trump Jr., who tweeted the Gateway Pundit narrative attributing the statement to Coomer:”Do not be concerned about the election, Trump’s not gonna win. I left f*cking sure of this!”
Roughly three days after, Newsmax joined the fray by encouraging pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell–another defendant in the case–on The Howie Carr Show. Powell claimed to have a copy of the conference call and claimed that Oltmann’s assertions about Coomer’s presumed statements were”true,” according to the lawsuit.
She told the host that she had a copy of the telephone and made other assertions that Newsmax allegedly didn’t 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. All these allegations were capable of verification. Nevertheless, neither Newsmax nor Powell made any valid effort to confirm them prior to publishing.”
On Friday afternoon, Newsmax posted a lengthy statement on its website disavowing the asserts.
Newsmax would like to explain its coverage of Dr. Coomer and note that while Newsmax initially covered claims from President Trump’s attorneys, supporters and many others who Dr. Coomer played a part in manipulating Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting applications, along with the last vote counts in the 2020 presidential elections, Newsmax then found no evidence that such allegations were true. Lots of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive Regulations and loopholes, and each of those states certified the results since legal and final.
There are numerous facts that our audiences must be aware of. Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting applications in any way, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so. Nor has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer ever engaged in any dialog with all members of”Antifa,” nor that he had been directly 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 details of the arrangement are confidential. The notice of dismissal states that Coomer and Newsmax have”fully and ultimately settled the disputes among them.”
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The lawsuit stays active regarding the remaining defendants.
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