About a dozen OAN employees have quit in recent months as some staffers don’t believe the stories run on air, report says

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A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia.

  • The New York Times reported that about a dozen staffers have recently exited One America News.
  • According to the report, some One America News employees are skeptical of their own network’s reporting.
  • The network leans heavily in favor of ex-President Donald Trump and has peddled false claims.
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Employees of the cable network One America News do not believe all of the claims that are aired on it, according to a report by The New York Times.

According to the Sunday report, about a dozen staffers have left the network in recent months following the January 6 riot at the US Capitol that left five people dead. The network for months aired, repeated, and speculated on the former president’s false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election.

There is no evidence to suggest any substantial fraud influenced the election. President Joe Biden won the election by beating Trump in key battleground states.

“Many people have raised concerns,” Allysia Britton, a news producer who recently left the network told The New York Times. “And the thing is, when people speak up about anything, you will get in trouble.”

Charles Herring, the president of OAN, confirmed to The Times that about 12 staffers had recently departed the network, but said they were “low-level” staffers.

Marty Golingan, an OAN producer since 2016, said the “majority” of his colleagues at the network did not believe the claims of voter fraud that were being run on the network. After the insurrection, he said he feared that his work at the network helped lead to the January 6 attack on the Capitol when he saw someone there had a flag with the network’s logo.

“I was like, OK, that’s not good,” Golingan said. “That’s what happens when people listen to us.”

As USA Today reported in January, some media analysts have connected rhetoric espoused on conservative networks, including Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax to the actions that took place in Washington on January 6.

At a December 5, 2020, rally about a month before the Capitol riot, Trump showed rallygoers a report from OAN that alleged hundreds of thousands of votes had disappeared in the state of Georgia, which was won by Biden. As USA Today reported, there is no evidence for such a claim.

The network last year doubled down on baseless conspiracy theories about Dominion Voting Systems, even after the company sent a letter threatening to sue it for defamation. But as Insider’s Jacob Shamsian previously reported, the network in January quietly removed articles about election conspiracy theories from its website, including articles about Dominion, Smartmatic, and pro-Trump lawyers Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and Lin Wood.

Herring defended the network’s reporting to The New York Times.

“A review process with multiple checks is in place to ensure that news reporting meets the company’s journalist standards,” Herring said. “And, yes, we’ve had our fair share of mistakes, but we do our best to keep them to a minimum and learn from our missteps.”

Two former employees also interviewed by the Times said they believed the network’s coverage was unbiased. In total, 16 current and former employees told The New York Times they believed the network had aired misleading or outright false information.

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Georgia’s GOP lieutenant governor rules out Senate run but says ‘Trump’s divisive tone and strategy is unwinnable’ for the future of the Republican party

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Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, a Republican, speaks on the floor of the State Senate.

  • Geoff Duncan, the lieutenant governor of Georgia, called Trump’s strategy “unwinnable” going forward.
  • Duncan, a Republican, on Sunday said he wouldn’t run for US Senate in 2022.
  • Trump lashed out at members of the Georgia GOP for refusing to help him overturn the election.
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Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican, said Sunday the strategy that propelled Trump to the nation’s highest office in 2016 wouldn’t work for Republicans moving forward.

“Republicans don’t need election reform to win, we need leadership,” Duncan said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “I think there’s millions of Republicans waking up around the country that are realizing that Donald Trump’s divisive tone and strategy is unwinnable in forward-looking elections.

“We need real leadership, we need new focus, a GOP 2.0 that includes moderates in the middle, to get us to the next election cycle,” he added.

Duncan said Trump’s refusal to concede the election and continued spread of unfounded conspiracy theories about the election did damage to the GOP.

“It hurt Republicans in any sort of conversation around election reform,” he said. “We lost credibility. Those were 10 weeks that we can’t take back. January 6th was a pivot point for this country and for this party. And, look, we’ve got four years to win back the White House. We’re not going to do it with a divisive tone.”

Ducan told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd that he had been “disgusted” by the former president’s phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, also a Republican, in which Trump asked him to “find” the needed votes to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in the state.

The Fulton County district attorney in February announced she had opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to interfere in the Georgia election.

“We had played for almost 10 weeks with President Trump and his entire apparatus attacking us here for running a fair and legal election,” Duncan said of Trump’s attacks on Georgia officials in the final months of his presidency.

He said he would “stay out of the way of the law and let them do their job” during the investigation into his conduct.

Also during his Sunday appearance, Duncan said he had ruled out a rumored run for US Senate next year.

“My family and I have talked about it, and we’re not going to run for the US Senate seat,” he said. “We’re going to stay focused on being the lieutenant governor here in Georgia. And we’re going to focus hard on trying to rebuild this party and refocus GOP 2.0.”

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