New York Times media columnist Ben Smith called out the potential for a costly Smartmatic defamation lawsuit against the pro-Trump channels OAN and Newsmax as a “huge threat” to those networks’ media strategies.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House on Monday afternoon, Smith went into further detail about his weekly Times media column from Sunday. In it, he noted that voting machine companies Smartmatic and Dominion are arming themselves with powerful legal teams that could hit those cash-strapped cable news organizations with near-fatal defamation lawsuits.
On Monday, Newsmax began airing an extensive fact-check of its own previous election fraud conspiracy theories, in which the network falsely suggested Smartmatic voting machines had somehow deleted or flipped millions of votes. The stunning on-air correction followed