May 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Newsmax apologizes to Dominion employee for false voter manipulation claims

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Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy. Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

Newsmax apologized to a Dominion Voting Systems employee for airing false allegations that he manipulated the 2020 presidential election results.

The big picture: Eric Coomer, Dominion's security director, in return dropped Newsmax from a defamation lawsuit, which he filed "after being named in false charges as a key actor in 'rigging' the election," AP writes.

  • Coomer started receiving death threats due to the claims, per AP.

What they're saying: "On behalf of Newsmax, we would like to apologize for any harm that our reporting of the allegations against Dr. Coomer may have caused to Dr. Coomer and his family," the conservative news network said in a statement Friday.

  • "Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting software in any way, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so."
  • "Many of the states whose results were contested by the Trump campaign after the November 2020 election have conducted extensive recounts and audits, and each of these states certified the results as legal and final."

The statement was also read on air.

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