OAN correspondent who is covering the Arizona election audit has been aiding the effort since at least December, documents show

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

  • Christina Bobb, a correspondent for the far-right news network OAN, has been both covering the Arizona election audit and fundraising for the effort.
  • Bobb was aiding AZ Senate Republicans with the effort as early as December, according to new documents.
  • The controversial recount is winding down, with reports that auditors are on track to end ballot-counting this week.
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A correspondent for the far-right One America News Network, who is covering the ongoing Maricopa County election audit, has also been aiding the GOP-backed recount effort since at least December and using her visibility on the pro-Trump channel to fundraise for the controversial audit.

Audit-related documents requested and published by The Center for Public Integrity and watchdog We Are Oversight reveal that Christina Bobb, host of “Weekly Briefing” on OAN was supplying Arizona Senate President Karen Fann with witness declarations, statements, and expert testimony in early December to help bolster the Republican-led effort to undermine election results in Maricopa County, where President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump by 45,000 votes.

Fann has been spearheading the ballot-counting, which has been decried by elections experts. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has alleged security violations, software malfunctions, and personnel issues and the US Justice Department has warned the recount may even violate federal law.

In emails between Bobb and Fann from December, Bobb appears to be acting as a liaison between Fann and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, providing Fann declarations from election observers on behalf of the then-president’s attorney.

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An email from Christina Bobb to Karen Fann.

In a December 4 email, Fann also asked Bobb to pass along lists containing names of “deceased or illegal aliens” who allegedly voted that Bobb’s team reportedly said they would send. An additional document shared by the Center for Public Integrity’s Carrie Levine includes a report from Donald J. Trump for President to be presented by Giuliani, which appears to be referenced in the email.

Experts have found no evidence of any “deceased” voters, except for one Pennsylvania man accused of pretending to be his dead mother to cast a vote for Trump; baseless claims of non-citizens voting have been widely debunked.

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Emails sent between Karen Fann and Christina Bobb.

Earlier this year, the state’s GOP-controlled Senate chose Cyber Ninjas, a private firm, to carry out another count of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County. Cyber Ninjas has no previous election experience and is spearheaded by a Trump supporter who promoted false conspiracy claims last fall. The recount decision was made in spite of the county’s Republican-controlled board of supervisors objecting to it since the election had already been audited more than once by credible firms.

In addition to playing a long-time behind-the-scenes supportive role, Bobb has also been covering the audit since it began in April. BuzzFeed News reported earlier this year that Bobb and OAN are getting special access to the effort that other local outlets have been denied. The Trump-approved network was also given primary access to livestream the audit process.

In an impromptu CNN interview last week, Fann cited OAN’s live coverage of the audit as proof that the entire process has been transparent.

When CNN reporter Kyung Lah pushed back, Fann feigned insult.

“Are you saying OAN is not a credible news source?” Fann asked. “Okay, I’ll remember that. CNN is saying that OAN is not a credible one.”

But Fann was corresponding with OAN’s Bobb about the recount effort as early as December and emails released last week by American Oversight show the lawmaker was also aware that Bobb was doing her own fundraising to support the audit through a group called Voices and Votes.

Fann did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

On April 9, Bobb tweeted about her organization and asked her followers to donate to support the Arizona audit. Later that day, she said the group reached its $150,000 fundraising goal, but the correspondent has continued to solicit financial support on social media and on-air at OAN.

In May, Bobb told BuzzFeed that her employer is not “in any way” affiliated with Voices and Votes or her fundraising “other than allowing me to mention my efforts on air.” She also told the outlet that OAN has not received any perks in return for Voices and Votes’ support.

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

Though OAN’s partisanship has been well-documented, Bobb’s ongoing promotion of baseless claims about the 2020 election results, in tandem with her overt support of the partisan Arizona audit as she covers the effort for a news network, is new ground when it comes to journalistic ethics.

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

And as the Maricopa spectacle begins to wind down – AZCentral reported that auditors are on track to finish counting ballots this week – the long-term repercussions of the Arizona audit are only beginning to come into view.

On Tuesday, state senators from Georgia and a senator from Alaska visited the audit site on the tail of three Pennsylvania legislators who toured last week. An audit official told KTAR News lawmakers from Virginia and Wisconsin may also fly in later this week.

The slew of observers comes as GOP state reps across the country field growing calls for similar audit efforts of their own, more than six months after Biden unequivocally beat Trump.

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Fox News and CNN choose not to air Trump’s first official speech in 3 months

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Former President Donald Trump addresses the NCGOP state convention on June 5, 2021 in Greenville, North Carolina. The event is one of former U.S. President Donald Trumps first high-profile public appearances since leaving the White House in January.

  • Trump’s speech at the North Carolina GOP Convention on Saturday night was the first pubic address in months.
  • Both Fox News and CNN chose not to broadcast the address, Newsweek reported.
  • One America News and Newsmax both aired the speech live and in full.
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Fox News and CNN did not broadcast former President Donald Trump’s first public speech in three months, Newsweek reported.

Trump’s address at the North Carolina GOP State Convention on Saturday night was the first time the former president had made a public address since his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech in February.

Fox News, a station once loved but now much-maligned by the former president, broadcast a pre-taped episode of “Watters’ World” instead of Trump’s address.

CNN dedicated a segment to analyzing the importance of the address instead of actually airing Trump’s speech, Newsweek said.

Read more: Fox News isn’t even pretending to be a news network anymore. It’s time for consumers to force cable providers and advertisers to drop the network.

Fox News was once Trump’s favorite news channel, but he has repeatedly trashed it in recent years. He has called it “unwatchable” and has urged his followers to watch “anything else,” Insider’s Yelena Dzhanova reported.

One America News (OAN) and Newsmax are now battling it out for pro-Trump viewers, Insider reported. Both of the conservative networks decided to air the former president’s speech live, Newsweek said.

MSNBC showed some of the address, with a correspondent speaking over the remarks, Newsweek added.

Insider reached out to Fox News and CNN for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

During the address, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd for the Senate seat being vacated by three-term Sen. Richard Burr in 2022.

The endorsement came after Tar Heel native Lara Trump, the wife of presidential son Eric Trump, declined to run for the seat, Insider’s John L. Dorman reported.

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Conservative media outlets feud as OAN accuses pro-Trump Newsmax of being a ‘left-leaning’ network

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A screenshot of a One America News segment exploring whether Newsmax is “left-leaning.”

  • A host on One America News has accused Newsmax of being a “left-leaning organization,” Newsweek reported.
  • He said that Newsmax did not back former President Donald Trump strongly enough after the 2020 election.
  • Both stations are openly supportive of Trump and are popular in right-wing circles.
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As an increasing number of conservatives move from Fox News to outlets further on the right, the battle for pro-Trump views is well underway for One America News (OAN) and Newsmax.

So much so that an OAN host has challenged the right-wing credentials of pro-Trump Newsmax by calling it a “left-leaning organization,” Newsweek reported.

In a recent segment, journalist Pearson Sharp accused Newsmax of professing to be conservative but not backing former President Donald Trump strongly enough.

Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch talks about his dad, Tucker Carlson, Trump, and why he plans to stick around

“Then there was Newsmax, which likes to project an image of being home for conservative, right-leaning or at the very least center-right news,” Pearson Sharp said. “A place where anyone who’s tired of Fox’s increasingly left-wing angles can find a fresh take on news. But is that really the case?”

Sharp then moved on to criticize Newsmax for its coverage of the 2020 election results.

“If you dig deeper under the Newsmax image of so-called conservative news, you’ll find a very different, much more left-leaning organization,” he said.

“Newsmax threw Trump under the bus and buckled almost immediately, declaring Biden the next president, despite all the evidence of massive fraud and without waiting for the contested battleground states to finish their investigations,” Pearson added.

Newsmax has an editorial policy of “being supportive of the President [Trump] and his policies,” the network’s founder told The New Yorker. The former president, in turn, has often sung the praises of the media outlet.

There is little indication to suggest that it has a left-wing bias.

It was famously sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems after consistently promoting false claims about the 2020 election being rigged, Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported.

OAN is also popular in conservative circles, and more explicitly prides itself on its pro-Trump credentials than its rival. The media outlet has described itself as one of the “greatest supporters” of Trump, The Hill reported.

OAN, like Newsmax, has also been praised by the former president and is well-known for promoting baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud.

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Dominion’s lawyers demand Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Parler preserve posts by Trump and other far-right figures, ahead of threatened defamation lawsuits

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Lawyers for Dominion Voting Systems sent letters Thursday to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Parler, asking them to preserve posts by more than a dozen high-profile far-right individuals and news outlets ahead of threatened defamation lawsuits.

“A number of posts on your website must be preserved because they are relevant to our client’s libel claims; these claims are based on false accusations that Dominion rigged the 2020 election,” lawyers from the firm Clare Locke, which represents Dominion, said in the letters.

The lawyers said that, between November and January, then-President Donald Trump, his campaign, attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Lin Wood, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, prominent QAnon adherents Ron and Jim Watkins, and far-right commentator Dan Bongino all posted content that could be relevant to Dominion’s defamation lawsuits.

Read more: Election-fraud liars are scrambling to avoid lawsuits, but they can’t retract the damage they’ve done

Dominion makes voting machines and has been the target of conspiracy theories, extensively amplified by Trump and his allies, that the company rigged the election.

Last month, Dominion filed defamation lawsuits against Giuliani for $1.3 billion and Powell for another $1.3 billion, and had sent letters threatening to sue various pro-Trump media figures.

In the letters, Dominion’s lawyers said “more will follow.”

Dominion also asked the social media companies to preserve posts and data from the accounts of: Fox News and Fox anchors Sean Hannity, Jeannine Pirro, Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs; far-right news outlets One America News Network, The Epoch Times, Rebel News, Newsmax, and Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly; Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis; former national security advisor Michael Flynn, entrepreneur Jovan Pulitzer, discredited election analyst Russell Ramsland, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, and conservative talk radio host John Catsimatidis.

Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Dominion sends letters threatening defamation lawsuits to Sean Hannity, Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and other pro-Trump media figures

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