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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lindell said the event would prove his voter-fraud theories
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
Speakers at the event included conspiracy theorists Ronald Watkins, Raheem Kassam, and Steve Bannon, as well as the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.