Conservative media outlets spent months amplifying outgoing President Donald Trump's lies that Democrats coordinated widespread election fraud to deliver a false victory for President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race.
The lies thrust voting software company Dominion Voting Systems into the national spotlight due to baseless claims from pro-Trump lawyers that the company facilitated the switching of millions of Trump votes to Biden votes.
Dominion has sued at least one of the lawyers responsible for spreading these lies, far-right conspiracy theorist Sidney Powell. It's also issued cease-and-desist orders from conservative media outlets like Fox News and Newsmax, who later retracted the falsehoods on air for fear of litigation.
Now, another far-right media outlet—The American Thinker—is withdrawing its lies about Dominion voting systems , complying with the company's demand to retract prior claims in a lengthy statement.
The statement reads in part:
"These statements are completely false and have no basis in fact. Industry experts and public officials alike have confirmed that Dominion conducted itself appropriately and that there is simply no evidence to support these claims."
"It was wrong for us to publish these false statements. We apologize to Dominion for all of the harm this caused them and their employees. We also apologize to our readers for abandoning 9 journalistic principles and misrepresenting Dominion's track record and its limited role in tabulating votes for the November 2020 election. We regret this grave error."
People were glad to see The American Thinker forced to rebuke its own publication.
American Thinker admits to being an unreliable source of information. May the loss of credibility be permanent. https://t.co/LL2RY4BJju— Jeff Blackwell🇺🇸 (@Jeff Blackwell🇺🇸)1610737846.0
#Dominion Man they’re going after these fraudsters, as they should. https://t.co/ShJ8vJ32c4— Saints Time (@Saints Time)1610734063.0
The apologies to Dominion are rolling in. https://t.co/4L0IvnRfJ2— Carl Quintanilla (@Carl Quintanilla)1610733026.0
While others felt the apology was insufficient.
What’s clearly missing here is: And here is how we are going to rectify this so we’ll never make these mistakes ag… https://t.co/3jZdt8X47r— David Del Grande (@David Del Grande)1610736791.0
As soon as it gets legal, they all admit that they were lying. There was no fraud. It’s infuriating. They did this… https://t.co/330r7j9LSw— Sophia Bush (@Sophia Bush)1610733336.0
We will take a moment to cover our ass before continuing with our regular programming. https://t.co/j67Ao4u72k— Imagine...A Change is Gonna Come (@Imagine...A Change is Gonna Come)1610737212.0
People called on more peddlers of right wing disinformation to issue a similar statement.
Your turn, Republican National Committee. https://t.co/emEkPs9M1k— Tim Alberta (@Tim Alberta)1610739768.0
Your turn @GOP, @GOPChairwoman, @HouseGOP, @SenateGOP https://t.co/BHuu4fLnvW— Ruth Ann wears a mask (@Ruth Ann wears a mask)1610741231.0
Time for @FoxNews to step up and clearly state every hour that there was no widespread voter fraud, DC government e… https://t.co/lBGzZaDjei— sydney (@sydney)1610733255.0
Whether or not they will remains to be seen.