Saturday, January 16, 2021
Right-wing online opinion website American Thinker has issued a retraction of false, unsupported, and debunked stories it published about Dominion Voting Systems and the company's role in the 2020 presidential election. ... Friday's online statement, posted by American Thinker editor and publisher Thomas Lifson, was notable for its careful wording, which seemed to acknowledge that it would likely lose a defamation lawsuit by Dominion, rather than sincerely taking responsibility for publishing information it knew not to be true.
The overall tone of Friday's retraction recalls the near-identical fact checks that ran on Fox News and Fox Business in December regarding false claims made about Smartmatic, after the Florida-based voting machine company threatened litigation. Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro -- along with Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell -- had pushed unsupported claims that Smartmatic had changed votes for Trump to Biden, and suggested that Dominion Voting Systems was a front for Smartmatic. Newsmax also issued a fact check after repeating similar claims about Smartmatic.
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