Remember when OAN reporters, notably Chanel Rion (Wikipedia), who has her own self-aggrandizing dot-com website which I won’t promote with a link) were allowed to ask nerfball questions during press conferences when Trump was president? Once Trump lost the election the far-right network was and still is a perpetrator of the Big Lie along with another fringe cable network, Newsmax.
Now thanks to the settlement of a Georgia lawsuit OAN was forced to admit that there was no widespread voter fraud, but this was only limited to the Georgia election officials and what OAN falsely accused them of doing.
The headlines about this convey the wrong impression. For example:
You can watch the OAN reporter give the network’s 36 second report (here) about this which contained absolutely no apology whatsoever. Not only that, and most significantly, there was no admission about there being no widespread voter fraud anywhere in the country.
On the screened for a split second just prior to this note that the chyron under the heading “Election Integrity” is a promotion for the movie “2000 Mules” by Dinesh D’Souza which, as described by IMDB is a “documentary on the alleged criminal voter fraud and ballot stuffing during the 2020 USA Presidential Election, which may have changed the legitimate outcome.” Thus while issuing a mealy-mouth mea culpa out of one side of their sniveling Trump groveling mouth they are clearly sending the opposite message just before they broadcasted the information about the settlement about what they really want to convey about their belief in The Big Lie.
Below is a link to the video.
Once the reporter began to talk the chyron changed to this:
I do not think that using this chyron was accidental. I think it was meant as the equivalent of the reporter crossing his fingers behind his back telling viewers that he is being forced to say the words but doesn't really mean them. His saying merely that “a legal matter with this network and the two election workers has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties through a fair and reasonable settlement” doesn’t provide much information. I can assume the on air report was part of the settlement but what we don't know is whether the network had to pay damages. I hope they were ordered to pay a large settlement to the Georgia election officials.
Consider my comments below as an addendum to this diary.