"Nice try" by OAN, but it definitely does not relieve them of liability. To the contrary, we warned them specifically and in writing that they would be broadcasting false and defamatory statements of fact if they broadcast the program, and they made the affirmative decision to disregarded that warning and broadcast it anyway. . . . Other outlets have refused to host it. Textbook actual malice.
James Poniewozik, New York Times Chief Television Critic:
TV's latest, most outrageously paranoid conspiracy-thriller has arrived. It has everything: cyberespionage, evil vote-stealing machines, wicked media cabals. And it aired Friday on One America News Network.
It is "Absolute Proof," a two-hour-plus disinfomercial made and hosted by Mike Lindell, the chief executive of the MyPillow company . . . Mr. Lindell paid OANN to air it multiple times starting Friday.
In it, Mr. Lindell sits behind a news desk stamped with the seal of "WVW Broadcast Network." . . . He claims that Mr. Trump not only won the election but won by such a margin that he "broke the algorithm" of voting machines.
Mr. Lindell used to sell pillows on TV. Now he's peddling dreams. . . . The content of Mr. Lindell's stolen-election case poses a challenge for a newspaper reviewer, because it is hogwash, widely discredited hogwash . . .
It's tempting just to laugh at all this. And make no mistake, you should laugh at all this! It is a healthy sign that after years of alternative facts, you have still retained some sense of reality and the absurd.
But you should also cry, a little. Because it's not hard to imagine an audience who wants to believe . . .
In fact, you don't need to imagine them. Just look at pictures from the Capitol on Jan. 6. . . . [R]idiculous does not mean harmless.
MyPillow magnate Mike Lindell is releasing a 3-hour movie Friday he claims will prove the election was stolen. If his movie fails to catch on, Lindell predicts it will mean the end times out of the Book of Revelation — "We pray and we go to heaven, it's over."— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 5, 2021
WATCH: Mike Lindell Says The 'End Of Time' Will Come If His 'Miracle' 2-Hour Documentary Doesn't Catch On https://t.co/e9gTZKqLUs— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 5, 2021
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been hiding out for nearly a month, working 21-hour days on his election fraud opus while guarded by a retinue of former Navy SEALs. A review of the pillow auteur's new production: https://t.co/ysPZf99bRq— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 5, 2021
good sign for your "news network" when you run a one minute and twenty second disclaimer before a "docu-movie" pic.twitter.com/aj40WwJvZu— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
OANN: The statements expressed in Mike Lindell’s program are opinions— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) February 5, 2021
Documentary name: ABSOLUTE PROOF
I wrote about the pillow fight: Fox, Newsmax, and OAN are dueling for Mike Lindell's attention (and cash), and risking legal jeopardy along the way. https://t.co/hfyPZGk8i4— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) February 5, 2021
‘Nice Try’: Dominion Lawyer Says, Despite Disclaimer, OAN Acting with ‘Textbook Actual Malice’ by Airing So-Called Mike Lindell ‘Report’https://t.co/bxFOS9Uc32— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) February 5, 2021
Wonder how dominion is feeling about this assistance to their lawsuit pic.twitter.com/2i2z1WpOAP— CongratsPresidentJoeBiden!🇺🇸 (@gardeningmom6) February 5, 2021
Aaron Rupar, Vox:
Dominion has already filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for baselessly linking the company with fraud, and letters the companies sent to Fox News, Newsmax, and OAN warn that similar litigation is "imminent."
Strangely, however, OAN — an upstart far-right cable network that along with Newsmax has cut into Fox News's audience by echoing Trump's big lies about the election — used extremely reckless language while promoting Lindell's special on Twitter, writing falsely that "Growing evidence of election fraud reveals that the presidency of the United States has been stolen from the American people" in a tweet that has been flagged.
Massive lawsuits of the sort that Dominion and Smartmatic are threatening have driven media companies out of business in the recent past and could represent an existential threat for OAN, even if Lindell is now compensating them for airtime.
Growing evidence of election fraud reveals that the presidency of the United States has been stolen from the American people.— One America News (@OANN) February 5, 2021
Join MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for an exclusive report. Tune in to "Absolute Proof" this Saturday & Sunday starting at 8 AM ET / 5 AM PT. Only on #OANN. pic.twitter.com/1NWMIGUzFd
Mike Lindell's "Absolute Proof" special is basically just the same bonkers conspiracy theories about the election he's been pushing for three months.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 5, 2021
So far the MyPillow election fraud movie is just Mike Lindell narrating a PDF about how we should probably have a civil war. pic.twitter.com/ABarzx14rU— Will Sommer (@willsommer) February 5, 2021
Pay-per-view for Lindell's testimony under direct by Dominion's attorneys is going to be through the roof.— Dr. Liz Giorgetti Katzen (@LizKatz10622929) February 5, 2021
The algorithms that determine how much he is being sued for are about to change at 11:15 tonight.— siluah (@siluah) February 5, 2021
left: Mike Lindell's broadcast— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
right: the stock image he used
OOOHHHH SCARRRRY COMPUTE CODEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
It's like a fucking Look Around You episode but not funny pic.twitter.com/1vPBxKNhmP
Hol'up this is in the PDF— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
They state this like this is a known fact... uhh... that was a DC, this don't make no sense...purplemonkeydishwasher....need....air....send...help pic.twitter.com/RikNegSyQn
BRB hacking UNATCO With a Cisco 7960 pic.twitter.com/n23UenqPhm— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
An algorithm is the system of rules for calculating data. So, is he saying that the election broke math? I know finding a unified theory has been difficult on a quantum level, but simple addition? Computers can calculate pi to 3.1 trillion digits. But 1+1+1+1+...was too much?— Gene Myrick (@flootchy) February 5, 2021
just some of the conspiracy theories that have been credibly mentioned in the pillow man's "docufilm" so far:— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
-chinese-controlled voting machines
-domestic collaborators w/china
-dead people voting
-undoc. immigrants voting
these 33 seconds should give you a feel of the pillow man's election fraud "docu-film." no, i did not add the music pic.twitter.com/zLlA2M28SW— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
you can find that amazing image here https://t.co/AdC4Seamx4— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
Now he is bringing on Russell Ramsland, who also has a "cyber security company" I'll let the website speak for itself— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
"This tier creates a cyber “cloak of invisibility” for untraceable and untrackable searches and stealth" pic.twitter.com/AisIjBBzzA
hey guys what if we remove all the 0 and just add up all the 1s? wouldn't it be easier to store the program as 152341234?— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
49 minutes into Mike Lindell's "doc" Absolute Proof and this guest is the first one to make me scream out loud. On the left is Shiva Ayyadurai. Amongst other things, he has claimed he invented email at the age of 14. Will definitely be doing an episode of @gadflypod on him soon. pic.twitter.com/xuRIdGATxw— Dusty Wilson (@DustiestWilson) February 5, 2021
HOLY SHIT I ACCIDENTALLY REFRESHED AND THE VIDEO WAS REMOVED BY YOUTUBE— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
Don't worry tho, I downloaded it we ain't done yet pic.twitter.com/dQbE2cFKHU
He has two alternative streams up on his personal website and this at the bottom pic.twitter.com/X3sutnZzhq— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
lol lindell didn't even identify this guy, who said in an unrelated comment that he's a former michigan state senator pic.twitter.com/4ddLSD6SG2— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
legitimately surprised it took 40 minutes for venezuela to come up pic.twitter.com/R8b2oZ88UC— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
lol dominion voting systems is going to ruin the mypillow guy. just annihilate everything to his name. ive never seen a man shoot himself in the foot for three hours before— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
the pillow man and a lawyer named matt deparno literally spent six straight minutes whining about this tweet from the michigan attorney general pic.twitter.com/WrLvHhh9u2— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
"this is gonna reveal all the evil in our country, all the criminals in the country, all the ones that tried to suppress this. and that's just from social media like jack dorsey, like mark zuckerbuck" pic.twitter.com/v84Dq9xIBj— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) February 5, 2021
"the Dominion tells you how to connect the machines to the internet"— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
this is a screenshot of what is on screen pic.twitter.com/zByWW0QeLy
"What does an Ethernet Cable get you? to the internet"— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
Hey Verizon I have an ethernet cable does that mean I can stop paying you? pic.twitter.com/FWi2bWCSLD
China? yes— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
Seriously this acting performance, is Tom Cruise in a suit like Tropic Thunder again? pic.twitter.com/6CjATxFGUF
"This was the biggest fraud...the biggest crime against humanity"— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
ummm.... *z3dster screeches Jewishly* pic.twitter.com/lAsVS9rOQH
Seems legit— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
He brought on "Mary Fanning" to show proof of a hack pic.twitter.com/edVplQpeg5
Not the most massive cyber attack in history but true the founding father's did not knowing anything about cyber warfare— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
I'll give it a 50% true pic.twitter.com/Hya9v1Ncn2
*drools outside of mouth* pic.twitter.com/BKYCGY3vfF— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
(Patriotic music in background)— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
"Progressisvinsim(sic) is the front door to communism" pic.twitter.com/17CSwrPrRl
Terry Turchie, former FBI agent who retired in 2001, is now on— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
Also something happened shortly after his retirement that makes me questions how good he was at Counterterrorism... pic.twitter.com/lwtXoVhgPt
They used a few seconds clip.— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
The whole 1:30 hour video has random cuts through out it like this one pic.twitter.com/YUyCLIyW3w
and now the closing of this shit show— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
His final message that everyone should share the video and that he thinks SCOTUS is watching his video
BBM and Google+ were both shuttered year ago
The President of Malta isn't "I.C. Wiener", not sure who you spoke to pic.twitter.com/801ab0xH8A
it has credits, wonder if there is a preview of the next film in the MyPillow Cinematic Craziverse pic.twitter.com/rqMZwT8cAL— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
There is music, sounds vaguely like the A-Team Theme Song pic.twitter.com/8Hk1STjzBo— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
AND IT'S OVER— zedster (@z3dster) February 5, 2021
No hidden credit scene at all
I demand that the employees of whichever Minneapolis production company was contracted to shoot and edit this also produce an oral history/ behind the scenes of this production.— Nick Mortensen (@nickmortensen) February 5, 2021
I'd even take a mockumentary as I am sure I would never know the difference.
David Hogg says he's starting a pillow company, taking on MyPillow's Mike Lindell https://t.co/yM48KYN69A— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 5, 2021