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OAN settles with Ruby Freeman

May 10, 2022

OAN was one of the the media outlets spreading the lie that Ruby Freeman mishandled Georgia ballots during the 2020 election to help rig the vote. She sued some of those media outlets and MAGA leaders for defamation. OAN now has settled, leaving Giuliani as a defendant.

As part of that settlement, OAN is running retractions, admitting its lies. The courts remain one part of our society where hard evidence either comes out, or doesn’t. It’s worth reading a bit how those conspiracy theories were conjured. It would be hopeful but foolish to think this will cause many MAGA cultists to rethink how they are being systematically misinformed.

Update: A previous version of this post was put up before I saw the news about OAN’s retractions.

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