(FiveNation.com)- Add yet another defendant to the long list of entities being sued by Dominion Voting Systems.
Earlier this week, the voting machine company sued two conservative media organizations as well as the former head of Overstock.com for defamation. All the statements they are claiming to have done damage to the company are in relation to the 2020 presidential election.
Dominion filed separate lawsuits this week again Patrick Byrne, Newsmax and One American News. The company claims the two media companies and the former CEO of Overstock.com all made multiple claims that were false about their voting machines being manipulated to change votes from former President Donald Trump to current President Joe Biden.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Newsmax lawsuit states:
“Newsmax helped create and cultivate an alternate reality where up is down, pigs have wings, and Dominion engaged in a colossal fraud to steal the presidency from Donald Trump by rigging the vote.”
Dominion’s lawsuit against One America News has to do with a programming series that followed the presidential election. The series was called “Dominionizing the Vote.” The company said that series was “exclusively devoted to defaming Dominion.”
Two reporters from the news organization were also named in the lawsuit — Christina Bobb and Chanel Rion. Dominion claims in their suit that the reporters and the news organization “recklessly disregarded the truth; indeed, OAN knew the statements it repeatedly broadcast about Dominion were lies.”
They further criticized OAN for allowing Byrne to go on its station as an “expert” on Dominion’s voting systems. In the OAN lawsuit, Dominion claims:
“Byrne has a long prior history of fabricating fantastical stories without ever providing a shred of evidence to support their truth, in order to serve his own personal interests.”
Newsmax has already come out and defended itself in the public. They sent a statement to the media organization The Hill that said after the presidential election, they “simply reported on allegations made by well-known public figures, including the President, his advisors and members of Congress.”
“Dominion’s action today is a clear attempt to squelch such reporting and undermine a free press.”
Many other organizations have also said that Dominion is trying to overstep with these lawsuits. They say that their standing as a media organization gives them the right to report on what’s being said. If they aren’t able to do that, then they are in essence being prevented from reporting on the news.
A court shouldn’t rule in favor of Dominion if they are just claiming that news organizations are spreading false information about them — if those news organizations are reporting on what other people are saying. That’s the basis of a free press, and something that separates the United States from other countries such as China, North Korea and Iran.
News organizations have the right here in America to report on the news, and what people are saying. Companies like Dominion shouldn’t be able to hold those organizations liable for defamation.