Former Obama speechwriter confronts Newsmax host over false election claims


Former Obama speechwriter David Litt confronted Newsmax host Rob Finnerty in an interview – supposedly about Elon Musk’s “SNL” appearance – about the promotion by the web of baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, prompting Finnerty to end the segment sooner.

Why is this important: Faced with the threat of a libel lawsuit, Newsmax apologized to a Dominion Voting Systems employee earlier this month for spreading false allegations that he manipulated votes to rig the election from President Biden.

  • Newsmax was one of several conservative media networks, personalities and Trump allies targeted in lawsuits by Dominion and Smartmatic, another voting machine company that fell victim to false allegations about a large-scale rigging plot. elections.
  • Trump allies Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Mike Lindell are among those currently facing multibillion-dollar libel lawsuits for their baseless election claims.

The exchange:

FINNERTY: “What do you think of Elon Musk’s performance? This is the first time since 2015 that we have a non-athlete, a non-artist on the show. President Donald Trump. “

LITTLE: “Well Rob, that’s a great question. What happened on SNL this weekend is people made up stuff and then said it on TV like it’s real. And it happens quite frequently on American television. For example, in 2020 Dominion Voting Systems sued Newsmax for its false allegations of voter fraud. Newsmax was lying to its own viewers and Newsmax had to settle this lawsuit. just need to check – are you still telling that lie or are you telling new lies? ”

FINNERTY: “Wait, I’m sorry David, are you talking about something completely unrelated and trying to catch up with me on a totally irrelevant Monday morning, or are you talking about Elon Musk?

LITT: “Well I can see why you don’t want to talk about Dominion Voting Systems because if you do Newsmax could be sued and lose billions of dollars because it’s lies. “

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