MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is trying to get ads back on Fox News, but the network keeps turning him down, report says

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 10: Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, speaks during a campaign rally held by U.S. President Donald Trump at the Target Center on October 10, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Mike Lindell yanked all his ads from Fox News in July after it wouldn’t run his cyber-symposium ad.
  • Since then, Lindell has pitched at least four commercials to the network, he told The Daily Beast.
  • Fox News keeps rejecting them, despite MyPillow’s prior status as one of the network’s biggest sponsors.
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After angrily pulling all his commercials from Fox News this summer following a spat with the network, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell seems to have changed his tune.

In July, Lindell, who at the time was Fox host Tucker Carlson’s biggest sponsor, said he was yanking his commercials because the network refused to air an ad for his cyber symposium. Lindell was claiming the symposium would prove voter fraud, but after the event occured in August, it was dismissed by cyber experts.

Lindell said he was pulling his ads “immediately and indefinitely,” saying “shame on Fox” for refusing to run the ad for the symposium.

“It’s unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on Fox News given the level of success he’s experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network,” the network said in a statement to Insider’s Matthew Loh at the time.

But according to a new report from The Daily Beast, the tables have turned, with Fox now turning down Lindell.

Lindell told the outlet he first approached Fox just weeks after cutting ties, in an attempt to mend the advertising relationship and promote his new social media network, FrankSpeech.

He has since pitched at least four commercials to Fox, all of which have been rejected, according to The Daily Beast.

Fox News confirmed to the outlet that as recently as this week, it had rejected two ads from Lindell, though it did not provide reasoning for the decisions.

But Lindell told Insider that Fox doesn’t like the content at FrankSpeech.com.

“Fox is only turning down ads that have frank or frankspeech in the title,” Lindell said in a message.

He told The Daily Beast that at first Fox did not want any mention of the cyber symposium or election fraud, but that commercials he pitched without these factors were also turned down.

“They said I couldn’t mention the words ‘Frank’ or ‘FrankSpeech,'” he told The Daily Beast Thursday. “It was the fastest reply we’ve gotten. But if I removed the words ‘FrankSpeech’ it might have cleared, but it would have just been a MyPillow ad, which I said I’m not doing! Outrageous!”

Lindell has been an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump and a steadfast proponent of conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, even as he faces down lawsuits from election technology companies Dominion and Smartmatic.

Fox News and some of its hosts have also been targeted by the lawsuits over their coverage of the election.

Fox News did not immediately reply to Insider’s request for comment.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell threatens to ‘go after’ investigative journalist, calling him an ‘enemy of our country’

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MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell laughs during a press conference in Des Moines, on February 3, 2020.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell threatened to “go after” an investigative journalist on Friday.
  • Lindell called Salon reporter Zachary Petrizzo an “enemy of our country.”
  • Petrizzo told Insider Lindell is “more interested in lying about a reporter than a 1.3 billion dollar lawsuit.”
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on Friday threatened an investigative journalist who wrote several exposés about him, calling him “an enemy of the country.”

In a live stream posted on his social media platform, Frank, Lindell vowed to “go after” Salon investigative reporter Zachary Petrizzo.

“I going to spend a lot more money, Zachary. I’m not out of money contrary to your little thing here,” Lindell said. “We are going after this kid.”

“Zachary is an enemy … He’s an enemy of our country,” Lindell added.

Petrizzo has written several stories about Lindell and his unsuccessful quest to prove voter fraud at the 2020 presidential election.

He recently reported that Lindell allegedly paid more than $3 million to “white hat hackers” who were meant to reveal evidence that China helped President Joe Biden “steal” the election. However, the experts did not deliver.

Salon also published an article alleging that Lindell sold a 10-seat luxury aircraft this summer to fund his defense in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit.

In a statement to Insider, Petrizzo said: “Unfortunately, Mr. Mike Lindell is more interested in lying about a reporter than a 1.3 billion dollar lawsuit against him from Dominion. Sounds like his priorities are backward! As to having me criminal charged? I wish him luck in that venture. I’ll keep my head on a swivel for the pillow police!”

“Mr. Lindell knows our Salon investigation is showing first hand that he was conned! More to come on that next week,” he added.

Insider has reached out to Lindell for comment.

Lindell has been a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump and a driving force of voter-fraud conspiracy. Earlier this year, he was sued by voting-machine company Dominion for spreading baseless election claims.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he is hiding a pro-Trump election official at a secret safe house to help her dodge a FBI investigation

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Vice News that Peters is now “holed up” in a safe house.

  • A Colorado county clerk is accused of assisting in leaking election data to a QAnon influencer.
  • Tina Peters is now under investigation by the FBI, according to reports.
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Vice News that Peters is now “holed up” in a safe house.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has said he is providing a safe house for a Colorado county clerk amid an FBI investigation into her role in an alleged plot to leak election data to a QAnon leader, according to Vice News.

The official at the center of the probe, Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, is accused of compromising voting machines and allowing someone to share sensitive data with QAnon figurehead, Ron Watkins, Insider previously reported.

Peters, a so-called “Trump Truther,” permitted surveillance cameras to be turned off for up to two months, it is alleged.

Read more: A pro-Trump county clerk is accused of helping to leak sensitive election data to one of QAnon’s leaders: reports

She is under investigation by the Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, and on Tuesday, the FBI said it was also looking into it. The FBI announced that it was working with Colorado’s District Attorney’s office “to determine if there was a potential federal criminal violation,” FBI Denver office spokeswoman Courtney Bernal told the Denver Post.

Two weeks ago, when Griswold issued an order authorizing her staff to travel to Mesa County to inspect the election system, Peters was on her way to MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s “cyber symposium” in South Dakota, Vice News reported.

Lindell told Vice News on Wednesday that, following the symposium, a member of his own security team leaked the secret location she was staying in, the media outlet reported.

Peters is now “holed up” in a new safe house, Lindell said.

“She’s worried about her safety. These people are ruthless,” he told Vice News.

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Sean Hannity plugged MyPillow while talking about Americans stranded in Kabul: ‘I bet you’re not sleeping’

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Sean Hannity.

  • Hannity hawked MyPillow while talking about Americans who haven’t been able to leave Afghanistan.
  • “I bet you’re not sleeping. I don’t even think MyPillow can do it,” he said.
  • MyPillow’s CEO is a vocal Trump supporter who has spread election conspiracy theories.
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Fox News host Sean Hannity plugged MyPillow as he talked about Americans stuck in Kabul after the Taliban’s takeover.

On his radio show, “The Sean Hannity Show,” on Tuesday, he asked rhetorically: “How would you like to be in Kabul today, as an American, and you can’t get to the airport? Where are you thinking your life is headed?”

He then added: “If you’re one of those family members, I bet you’re not sleeping. I don’t even think MyPillow can do it. MyPillow.com.”

“That’s where I go. I fall asleep faster, I stay asleep longer. These are going to be a lot of sleepless nights for so many of our fellow Americans. We’ve got to get them home.”

It was not clear whether this was as part of a paid sponsorship by MyPillow, and Insider has contacted Premiere Networks, which hosts Hannity’s radio show, for comment. The Daily Beast reported that MyPillow sponsors Hannity’s radio show.

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, has become a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump in recent months, and has often promoted baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

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Here’s what happened at Mike Lindell’s cyber symposium, from him storming offstage to Bolsonaro’s son giving him a MAGA hat signed by Trump

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Mike Lindell is a leading promoter of baseless voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

  • Mike Lindell just held a 72-hour voter-fraud “cyber symposium” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Speakers included Ronald Watkins, Steve Bannon, and the son of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Here’s what happened.
Lindell said the event would prove his voter-fraud theories

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Lindell is a staunch Trump supporter.

Mike Lindell, a leading promoter of baseless voter-fraud conspiracy theories, has spent months gathering information that he said would prove that China helped Joe Biden to “steal” the 2020 presidential election from Donald Trump.

This culminated in the MyPillow CEO holding a 72-hour “cyber symposium” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, between Tuesday and Thursday.

Lindell claimed that he had 37 terabytes of information related to voter fraud to reveal at the cyber symposium, which was livestreamed on his website, Frank. He said he’d give $5 million to anyone who could disprove the data, provided they attend the event in person.

The event featured controversial speakers, as well as a documentary played on repeat

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Steve Bannon spoke at the event.

Speakers at the event included conspiracy theorists Ronald Watkins, Raheem Kassam, and Steve Bannon, as well as the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Read more: The MyPillow guy says God helped him beat a crack addiction to build a multimillion-dollar empire. Now his religious devotion to Trump threatens to bring it all crashing down.

And in between speeches, attendees watched a series of videos. This included watching the same conspiracy theory-filled documentary four times on Tuesday, Salon reporter Zachary Petrizzo said.

Jair Bolsonaro’s son gave Lindell a MAGA hat signed by Trump

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Eduardo Bolsonaro gave a speech at the event.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, gave Lindell a “Make America Great Again” hat he said was signed by Trump, on Tuesday.

The hat was signed “to Mike, a great patriot,” Lindell said, adding, “Thank you, Mr. President, our real president.”

Bolsonaro then gave a speech about voter fraud in Brazil. Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that Brazil’s voting machines were used to rig the country’s elections, leading to the country’s election authority launching an investigation into Bolsonaro.

Lindell once against blasted Fox News

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Lindell was formerly one of the biggest advertisers on Tucker Carlson’s show.

Throughout the event Lindell slammed multiple news outlets – including another attack on Fox News where he implied that he wouldn’t trust the network to report the weather.

“I said the other day they should be a weather channel,” the MyPillow CEO said Tuesday, per The Washington Times. “And the next day I changed my mind because they wouldn’t report an oncoming storm.”

Lindell has clashed with Fox News several times over the past few months after the outlet stepped up its content moderation and refused to cover some of his debunked theories about the 2020 presidential election.

This culminated in Lindell pulling MyPillow’s advertisements from Fox News last month after it refused to air ads for his cyber symposium. Lindell was formerly one of the biggest advertisers on Tucker Carlson’s show.

A spokesperson for Fox News told CNN that the network hadn’t sent a reporter to cover the symposium.

Lindell invited a reporter to interview him on stage, before called him a “cancer”

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Lindell ranted about a Salon reporter from the main stage.

But Fox News wasn’t the only outlet in the firing line.

Lindell has repeatedly sparred with Salon reporter Zachary Petrizzo during interviews, phone calls, and livestreams.

After ranting about Petrizzo’s work on stage Tuesday, including calling his articles “hit jobs,” Lindell texted him later that night inviting him for an interview.

“Zach go write your garbage, and then we will interview on stage,” the text message read.

But on Wednesday, Lindell took back the offer.

“Lose my number. You are a cancer to our country,” he texted Petrizzo, before calling him “insane.”

Insider viewed screenshots of the messages.

Lindell fled the stage after a judge ruled Dominion could proceed with its lawsuit against him

Lindell rushed offstage when news broke that the $1.3 billion defamation suit voting-machine company Dominion filed against him would go ahead.

Lindell attempted to have the defamation lawsuit dismissed, but a US district judge ruled on Wednesday the suit could proceed in full.

“After news emerged at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday that his attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed was unsuccessful, Lindell was seen on video getting off his seat and rushing off the stage abruptly, disappearing behind a dark curtain,” Insider’s Cheryl Teh reported.

The livestream was instead replaced by a video reel showing articles about voter fraud, alongside an image of Lindell hugging a pillow.

A reporter was reportedly removed from the event – but snuck back in

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Lindell’s security frog-marched the reporter out of the event.

According to Salon’s Petrizzo, a reporter from far-right outlet The Gateway Pundit was “frog-marched” out of the event Wednesday afternoon.

Petrizzo told Insider that the reporter has been “super rude” and “very aggressive” towards another journalist. Petrizzo said the Pundit reporter also shoved a camera in his face and surreptitiously recorded his laptop.

The Pundit did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Lindell said he got attacked and claimed Antifa was trying to infiltrate the event

Lindell said on Thursday morning that he had been attacked on Wednesday night when he got back to his hotel room.

A Sioux Falls Police Department spokesperson told The Associated Press that his officers had taken a report about an assault at a hotel near the symposium at 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday. They did not say whether Lindell was involved in the incident.

Retired army colonel Phil Waldron said that they had received “credible threat warnings” around two weeks beforehand, and that they had “somebody working in the crowd … detecting threats.”

He added that there were “really radical folks outside trying to penetrate” the event and that attendees were exchanging press badges in the parking lot.

“The big end game is to discredit all the legislators who have had the courage to be here,” Waldron said. “They’re obviously trying to subdue the message that Mike’s trying to get out.”

“So this is a typical insurrection-type activity,” he added.

Lindell also said that his staffers had told him that “Antifa things” were trying to infiltrate the event.

Lindell’s website Frank sent out an email to subscribers Thursday afternoon with the subject: “Mike Lindell and His Cyber Symposium Attacked — Please Share Everywhere.”

The email included video footage of Lindell talking about the attack at the event and Waldron speaking about the alleged security threats.

The event also included prayers and the national anthem

Before launching into a series of speeches, the second day of the symposium started with morning prayers and the national anthem, The Dispatch’s Khaya Himmelman said.

The size of the audience dwindled over the course of the event, according to reports

Salon’s Petrizzo reported on the first day of the event there were “a ton of Republican state legislators and their staffs.”

But not many attendees stayed until the end of the symposium.

Petrizzo said the next day that the crowd had mostly left. “Only about half of the crowd here on day two is back for the third day,” he added Thursday.

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Mike Lindell said his cyber symposium would prove voter fraud. One cyber expert said it was just full of ‘random garbage that wastes our time.’

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Mike Lindell claimed he had 37 terabytes of information related to voter fraud that he was going to reveal.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s 72-hour “cyber symposium” failed to produce legitimate evidence of voter fraud, cyber experts who attended the event said.

Lindell said he would reveal new information proving that China helped Joe Biden to “steal” the 2020 election from former President Donald Trump at the event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lindell claimed he had 37 terabytes of information related to voter fraud that he would reveal. He said he’d give $5 million to any cyber expert, politician, or reporter who could refute the data, provided they attend the event in person.

Read more: I asked MyPillow whether it sells customer data to political committees. Mike Lindell called back – and things got interesting.

Lindell’s claims were meritless, according to Rob Graham, a cyber expert who attended the symposium. “He gave us experts NOTHING today, except random garbage that wastes our time,” Graham tweeted Wednesday.

He added: “All day Mike Lindell has been on stage saying the cyber experts are happily working on packet captures. We are not. We haven’t been given the packet captures we were promised.”

Packet captures are intercepted network data obtained by other hackers. Lindell claimed the packet captures from the November 2020 election could be unencrypted to reveal evidence of voter fraud.

Harri Hursti, another attendee and election security expert, doubled down on criticism towards the event. He told The Washington Post that Lindell’s symposium was “a big fat nothing and a distraction,” adding that, “they have fed us with garbage just to control the narrative.”

Cyber expert Josh Merritt, who said he was hired by Lindell to study data for the event, told The Washington Times that the data his team had access to wasn’t enough to prove that China hacked the election.

On day two, the crowd “wasn’t having it” and mostly left as a result, tweeted Zachary Petrizzo, a Salon reporter who also attended.

A staunch ally of Trump, Lindell has been a superspreader of conspiracy theories about the election being “stolen,” despite no evidence of voter fraud.

This led to Lindell being sued by voting-machine company Dominion for $1.3 billion for saying it “switched” votes from Trump to Biden. Retailers have pulled MyPillow’s products, and Lindell said he’d received death threats.

The pundit’s relationship with conservative cable outlet, Fox News, similarly soured after the network refused to air advertisements promoting Lindell’s symposium.

Some of Trump’s most influential supporters attended the event. These included conspiracy theorists Ronald Watkins and Steve Bannon, as well as the son of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.

While Bannon is pro-Trump, Salon reported that he, too, was skeptical about Lindell’s claims, stating that he needed to see additional evidence.

One expert in cyber security and technology told the outlet that even if Lindell’s data claims were correct, he could face legal charges. “You can’t just pull this kind of information from a remote, you have to have a physical device sitting there that is providing this information,” the expert said.

The expert said the only way Lindell could have accumulated the kind of data he claims about voter fraud is by inserting a physical device that can “watch information that is going in and out of a network,” which is wiretapping and a breach of federal law.

Lindell did not respond to the specific concerns raised by the expert, Salon reported.

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Jair Bolsonaro’s son gave Mike Lindell a MAGA hat ‘signed by Trump’ at event talking about voter fraud

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Mike Lindell is a leading promoter of voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

  • Jair Bolsonaro’s son gave Mike Lindell a MAGA hat he said was signed by Donald Trump.
  • Eduardo Bolsonaro claimed Trump had signed it the day before he went to the MyPillow CEO’s event.
  • The hat was signed “to Mike, a great patron,” Bolsonaro said.
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The son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gave MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell a Make Great America hat signed by former President Donald Trump.

Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is also a politician, attended part of the 72-hour “cyber symposium” held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by Lindell, who has been a leading promoter of voter-fraud conspiracy theories.

After stepping onto the stage the early hours of Tuesday, Bolsonaro gave Lindell a red MAGA hat which he said Trump had given him when they met on Monday.

The hat was signed “to Mike, a great patron,” Bolsonaro claimed. Lindell said: “Thank you Mr President, our real president.”

Read more: The MyPillow guy says God helped him beat a crack addiction to build a multimillion-dollar empire. Now his religious devotion to Trump threatens to bring it all crashing down.

Lindell, who said in April that he still spoke to Trump about once a month, is a leading promoter of baseless voter-fraud conspiracy theories that posit that China helped Joe Biden “steal” the presidential election from Trump.

Lindell has claimed that he has 37 terabytes of information related to voter fraud, which he planned to reveal at the cyber symposium, which is being live-streamed on his website, Frank.

Lindell said that he’d give $5 million to anyone who can disprove the data, provided they attend the event in person.

Similar to Trump in the US, Jair Bolsonaro has suggested that Brazil’s electronic voting machines were used to rig the country’s elections.

Brazil’s electoral authority has announced that it’s investigating Bolsonaro, who has been president since 2019, over the debunked claims.

During his speech on Tuesday, Eduardo Bolsonaro criticized the media for depicting Brazil as “racist”, “against women,” and “dictators.”

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Eduardo Bolsonaro gave a speech about alleged voter fraud in Brazil.

“The left in Brazil copy the left in [the] US,” Bolsonaro said. He called his father “the most hated president ever in Brazil.”

After Bolsonaro’s speech, former Trump advisor Steve Bannon said that Brazil’s 2022 election was the “second most important election in the world.”

“Bolsonaro will win unless it’s stolen by – guess what – the machines,” Bannon added.

He called Bolsonaro’s opponent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, “a criminal” and “the most dangerous leftist in the world.”

Lula, a founding member of the Workers’ Party who was Brazil’s president between 2003 and 2010, was convicted in July 2017 on charges of money laundering and corruption.

He was was sentenced to 12 years in prison in April 2018 but was freed in November 2019 when the Supreme Court ruled his imprisonment was unlawful.

Lula has denied wrongdoing and claimed the prosecution was politically motivated.

Last week, an opinion poll put him 13 points ahead of Bolsonaro.

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Dominion says OAN defamed the company by airing MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s ‘Absolute Proof’ election fraud video

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MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2021.

  • Dominion has sued One America News, saying it defamed the company by airing Mike Lindell’s videos.
  • The MyPillow CEO made four “docu-movies” that purport to show Dominion rigged 2020 election results.
  • While OAN put a disclaimer on one of the videos, Dominion says it doesn’t make any sense.
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On Tuesday, Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against One America News, a right-wing media organization that has pushed conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

The lawsuit takes special aim at MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, whose “docu-movies” purporting to prove election fraud have been broadcast on OAN’s platforms.

“Mike Lindell has used at least 30 hours of OAN airtime to broadcast lies about Dominion through his ‘documentaries’ Absolute Proof, Scientific Truth, Absolute Interference, and Absolutely 9-0,” the lawsuit says. “OAN knowingly broadcast lies about Dominion to a global audience by inviting Lindell on the air, where it knew he would repeat those lies.”

Dominion already had sued Lindell, a staunch supporter of former president Donald Trump, in February. Lindell has falsely claimed that Dominion, in collaboration with a host of shadowy international hackers, rigged its election machines against Trump in favor of now-President Joe Biden.

The pillow mogul has continued to push his conspiracy theories, recently saying that Trump would be “reinstated” as president in August and, just this week, hosting a “cyber symposium” about the election.

Dominion said in Tuesday’s lawsuit that OAN, too, ignored warnings, and “knowingly lied to its audience” in broadcasting Lindell’s videos.

“OAN was fully aware that Lindell’s ‘docu-movie’ was full of lies and recklessly disregarded the truth about the 2020 election but deceived its viewers nonetheless,” the lawsuit says. “Why? At least in part to please Lindell, who was (and remains) one of OAN’s biggest advertisers. And it also allowed OAN to curry favor with President Trump.”

OAN played a disclaimer suggesting it knew Lindell’s claims were false

The media organization first aired Lindell’s three-hour video “Absolute Proof” in February.

It slapped a disclaimer on the video saying that Lindell was “exclusively responsible” for the content, and that its contents “are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.”

Dominion said in its lawsuit that the disclaimer was incoherent and wholly insufficient, and that it was functionally an extension of the network’s prior “reporting.” The lawsuit includes numerous screenshots of social media posts from OAN promoting the video as showing evidence of election fraud.

The disclaimer was “nothing more than a ploy – a hollow attempt to try to avoid liability for what it knew to be a film about the very same false and utterly baseless allegations OAN itself had created, endorsed, and spread for almost four months,” the lawsuit says.

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US President Donald Trump listens as Michael J. Lindell, CEO of MyPillow Inc., speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2020.

Dominion’s attorneys also said that the disclaimer amounted to evidence that OAN “knew or recklessly disregarded” the truth – a legal threshold for defamation lawsuits.

The network broadcast “Absolute Proof” 13 times over four days, the lawsuit notes.

Following “Absolute Proof,” Lindell made more videos pushing false conspiracy theories about Dominion’s role in the election. OAN aired “Scientific Truth” and “Absolute Interference” in April. It also aired “Absolutely 9-0” – which purported to show how the Supreme Court would overturn the 2020 election results – in June.

OAN did not include a disclaimer when airing any of those sequels, according to the lawsuit.

Lindell has stood by his false claims and asked the judge to dismiss Dominion’s February lawsuit against him. He has also filed a counter-suit against Dominion.

Attorneys for OAN did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Newsmax reporter pickets Fox News for its refusal to air Mike Lindell’s ads promoting his symposium on unproven election-fraud claims

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

  • Conservative cable outlet Newsmax sent a reporter to picket Fox News.
  • Fox News refused to air ads about MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s upcoming voter-fraud symposium.
  • The one-man protest took place in front of the NewsCorp building in New York City.
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Conservative cable outlet Newsmax this week sent a reporter to picket in front of Fox News over its refusal to air commercials from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Salon reported.

Lindell’s ads were for an upcoming event, scheduled for August 10 in South Dakota, where he said he would reveal new information about voter fraud in the 2020 election. An ally of former President Donald Trump, Lindell has been a leading voice in spreading conspiracies theories about the election being “stolen” despite no evidence of voter fraud.

“Newsmax is airing these ads,” Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield said on Wednesday. “Apparently, free speech and pro-Trump messaging is considered fringe at Fox, but not here.”

He added, “We’ve been airing Mike Lindell’s ad, and when they refused, Fox, we sent out our Newsmax correspondent Mike Carter to ask the people why they think Fox News is so afraid of Mike Lindell.”

Carter launched a one-man protest in front of the NewsCorp building.

“Why does Fox News hate a good night’s sleep?” he said.

A video posted to Twitter showed Carter in action, carrying a picket sign with Lindell’s face under the word “Banned!”

“Here at Newsmax, we believe in a good night’s sleep, so we’re running that ad,” Carter said. “And today, we’re taking Fox News to the mattresses … We have a Fox News alert, we have a banned pillow salesman.”

Lindell’s relationship with Fox News soured after the November election. He said the network was “unwatchable” after it announced Biden’s victory. He championed other conservative networks, including Newsmax. Lindell said he would pull all of his company’s ads from Fox News, which counted MyPillow among its biggest sponsors.

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A man pretending to be a fan trolled MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell while he filmed a TV interview

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Mike Lindell.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was interrupted by a heckler during a live TV interview last week.
  • The man, who was pretending to be a fan, gave Lindell numerous backhanded compliments.
  • Lindell has been at the forefront of baseless election fraud claims.
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A video online shows the moment MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was interrupted by a heckler as he tried to give a live TV interview last week.

The heckler, pretending to be a fan of the Trump supporter, approached him while he was on holiday and called out, “Love you man, you’re a true patriot,” according to Mediaite.

The man, who goes by @BillRodens on Twitter, later shared the encounter alongside the caption: “Me and Mike Lindell! I love this man!”

Lindell, who was wearing a suit and tie paired with khaki shorts, quickly responded: “I’m live on TV right now.”

The man continued to give the MyPillow CEO numerous backhanded sarcastic compliments, telling him: “Don’t let the libtards call you names. Don’t let them call you an ethically dubious pillow pusher. Don’t let them call you a marginally brain-addled corrupt goofball. You’re doing great,” according to Mediaite.

“Don’t let them push you around or call you names like the completely clueless crazy old man who believes everything he sees on the internet,” he added.

Watch the encounter below:

Lindell, who remains a staunch Trump supporter, is currently the subject of a $1.3 billion libel lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over his election fraud claims.

Last week, the MyPillow CEO said that his company would be pulling its ads from Fox News after a disagreement over a proposed commercial in which he wanted to these claims.

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