2 election officials sue far-right website for spreading false information about voting
On Thursday, two Georgian election officials filed a lawsuit against The Gateway Pundit, a far-right website, for accusing them of “committing electoral fraud to alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.”
Why is this important: This is one of the first lawsuits by individual election workers against media companies for spreading false information about the 2020 election.
- Previously, some voting companies had sued conservative media outlets such as Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News.
Catch up quickly: The Gateway Pundit ran articles claiming that the two election agents, Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, “were involved in a conspiracy to commit electoral fraud. They continued to post these untruths long after they broke. are proven to be false, “according to a press release.
- The website reportedly identified the workers by name and posted their photos online, claiming they interfered with the election results in favor of President Biden.
- Former President Trump specifically mentioned Freeman by name during his Jan. 3 appeal with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where he attempted to overturn Biden’s victory in the state, according to the New York City. Times.
Details: The costume “seeks to hold [The Gateway Pundit] responsible for some of their conscious lies – their false and endlessly repeated accusations that Ms Freeman and Ms Moss committed voter fraud, ”the lawsuit says.
- The plaintiffs claim that the website disseminated false information that Freeman and Moss conspired to remove the poll observers from the room where they counted the ballots, produced “secret suitcases” full of illegal ballots and ran these ballots through the counting machines “several times”. “
- Freeman and Moss seek compensatory and punitive damages from The Gateway Pundit.
What they say : “I could not have imagined the lies The Gateway Pundit would tell about me, causing people to harass me and my family and threaten us with violence,” Freeman said in a statement.
- “I want the accused to know that my daughter and I are real people who deserve justice, and I never want them to do this to anyone else.”
- Gateway Pundit did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
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