MyPillow CEO and vocal Trump supporter Mike Lindell has been one of the most frequent purveyors of former President Donald Trump's lies about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
Over two weeks after President Joe Biden's election, Lindell continues to spout the delusional fantasy that Trump is the genuine winner. A common target of his disinformation is Dominion Voting Systems, the election software company that Trump and other conspiracy theorists accused of working with Democrats to switch millions of Trump votes to Biden votes.
As a number of media outlets face litigation or the threat of it from Dominion, Lindell has found it harder to spew his delusions to an audience.
He was recently admonished on the pro-Trump Newsmax channel for repeating the Dominion lies.
Now—after weeks of claiming to have irrefutable proof of election fraud orchestrated by Dominion and Democrats—Lindell has released a documentary that he falsely claims will vindicate his absurd assertions.
The documentary played on the far-right One America News network for 12 hours straight—but it was preceded with one mammoth of a disclaimer.
MyPillow guy Mike Lindell’s big lie special on OAN begins with an epic disclaimer https://t.co/3nsoAznOUU— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1612539058.0
The disclaimer emphasizes that Lindell paid for the airtime and that:
"Mr. Lindell is the sole author and executive producer of this program and is solely and exclusively responsible for its content. ... This program is not the product of OAN's reporting."
It continues with an attempt at justifying the broadcast of Lindell's lies:
"The results in the 2020 Presidential election remain disputed and questioned by millions of Americans who are entitled to hear from all sides in order to help determine what may have happened."
Twitter mocked Lindell for the major caveat added to his documentary.
I...I thought this was satire... https://t.co/jpkKsE22MY— Marshall Harris (@Marshall Harris) 1612564435.0
If you have brittle bones or any other medical condition that could cause you actual harm if you laugh so long and… https://t.co/toXlPLthEM— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson) 1612545153.0
This is hilarious!! Omg. That is the best disclaimer I have ever heard. Absolute Proof? Or Absolute, 80 proof? https://t.co/E0BqqEPOeH— Brenda Abele (@Brenda Abele) 1612541588.0
OAN wasn't spared from backlash either.
OANN’s lawyers basically called My Pillow guy a liar, but also a paying customer, so heck with it. https://t.co/E4MtCkkneq— Grant Stern (@Grant Stern) 1612563910.0
Let me explain why this disclaimer is legally defective with an example. Imagine a warning on cigarettes that says… https://t.co/ZyOqSbw5xx— Ben Meiselas (@Ben Meiselas) 1612548858.0
They're giving this disclaimer for 90 seconds & then running documentary for 12 hours straight. Legal question: Doe… https://t.co/0AroNLqerv— Cenk Uygur (@Cenk Uygur) 1612557590.0
Sure sounds like OAN (whose reporters have railed against Section 230 on the air) is hoping to have 230-esque prote… https://t.co/5KiHGxRYfb— Mike Masnick (@Mike Masnick) 1612544779.0
Haha! They don’t want to be sued. https://t.co/86Z7dleDER— Dee (@Dee) 1612540524.0
OMG OAN's lawyers are like UM OKAY BUT AND SO... THIS! https://t.co/4LrgGWSbeo— 💻 Building the Future of Democracy🔮 (@💻 Building the Future of Democracy🔮) 1612549435.0
Wait..... even OAN said “This ain’t what we wanna be out here backin up.” DAMN! https://t.co/OI5HCcgBS6— Rico (@Rico) 1612547285.0
Lindell's documentary did not result in any information corroborating the baseless claims of widespread election fraud.