The life-cycle of false news stories is often based on a series of lies being repeated by other journalists. One news outlet publishes a scoop. Other news organizations pick it up. Sometimes, the stories grab steam and hit one of the major television news outlets. From there, the story can explode.
Such is the case of the false report that One America News (OAN) employs journalists who are paid by Russia to spread propaganda in America. The claim was ludicrous, but it went viral after the initial report on The Daily Beast when MSNBC’s most popular show host, Rachel Maddow, repeated the story on an opening segment of her show last week. The claims are demonstrably false and could have been easily cleared up had Maddow’s team reached out to OAN for comment or clarification. Instead, they ran with the story.
Now, OAN is fighting back with a letter sent by counsel Miller Barondess, LLP, demanding a public retraction. The letter was sent to Maddow, The Daily Beast, and others involved in the sensational “fake news” reporting.
According to the letters sent to the progressive outlets:
You falsely claimed – without a shred of evidence – that OAN “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.” That is false. OAN has never received a single penny from the Russian government. The assertion that OAN is paid to disseminate propaganda on behalf of a foreign government is more than a mere falsehood – it amounts to an accusation of treason. Your comments were beyond the pale and unbecoming of a reporter at any respectable news organization.
OAN is a family-owned, patriotic news outlet that has been growing rapidly since it formed in 2013. Their credibility has been growing as well with references from prominent political figures, including several mentions by President Trump. In a world dominated by progressive news outlets, OAN remains a vibrant and necessary counterpoint for conservatives in America.
The greatest threat to the narratives spread by progressive journalists like Rachel Maddow is the truth. As OAN grows, they become more of a target for the left. It’s refreshing to see them standing up for their good name.
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
Thank you and God bless!
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