Whereas media retailers left and proper are masking election-denying MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s bonkers “symposium,” one highly effective community is totally ignoring it: Fox Information.
And the pillow mogul is ensuring everybody is aware of how pissed he’s about that.
Whereas a denizen of fraudsters, grifters, wannabe politicians and right-wing media outlets have descended upon Sioux Falls to witness the Lindell’s unveiling of “world-changing” information that can—in his phrases—drive the Supreme Courtroom to reinstate a President Donald Trump, mainstream information retailers and precise cybersecurity consultants are additionally in attendance.
Many journalists, like CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, who cowl right-wing disinformation and the way Lindell’s baseless claims of widespread election fraud have unfold via MAGA world, traveled to South Dakota for the three-day occasion.
On the identical time, different reporters have expressed shock that any journalists or cyber consultants would attend an occasion that’s “so obviously a farce.” And very like his earlier “documentaries” that promised to indicate proof of a “stolen” election, Lindell has shown little to nothing in the way of actual evidence or data as viewers enter day two of his symposium. (One skilled mentioned all he confirmed was “random garbage that wastes our time.”) As an alternative, the MyPillow mogul has devoted a lot of his stage time to ranting and raving concerning the media—most particularly his previous pals at Fox Information.
“Disgrace on you, Fox! They’re disgusting that they haven’t talked about this election!” Lindell shouted early on Tuesday. “A minimum of we all know the place CNN and all these horrible retailers come from, however not less than they assault, after which we are able to not less than get the phrase out.”
Whereas the pillow salesman has fretted about Fox for months now—complaining at size that the community hasn’t lined his dead-end mission to put in Trump again within the White Home—the unhealthy blood boiled over final month when Fox refused to air his promo for this week’s occasion. This prompted Lindell to pull all his company’s ads from the network (MyPillow spent $50 million on promoting with Fox final yr) and vow to by no means return.
Lindell, who has been hit with a $1.3 billion defamation go well with from Dominion Voting Methods over his election lies, repeatedly heaped reward on Fox’s right-wing opponents One America Information and Newsmax for sticking with him regardless of not too long ago getting hit with related lawsuits. (After Fox declined the symposium advert, each OAN and Newsmax ran the promo spot a whole lot of instances, and OAN has aired continuous stay protection of the occasion.)
After citing the lawsuits filed towards OAN and Newsmax on Tuesday, Lindell praised them for nonetheless masking his occasion earlier than pivoting to one more assault on Fox.
“I imply, it’s simply disgusting,” he seethed. “Have a look at Fox, who’s not right here. What are they, cowards? Are they in on it? I don’t know. However it’s simply unhealthy.”
At one level within the symposium, Lindell even requested the stay viewers to vote for both CNN or Fox Information as probably the most harmful media affect within the U.S. He then promised he would have a hacker flip the outcomes as “proof” of his declare that China rigged the election by utilizing Dominion voting machines to vary tens of millions of Trump votes.
All through the day on Tuesday, the Trump-worshipping businessman continued to hammer away on the community he as soon as had a really cozy relationship with, claiming “they don’t report nothing” and repeatedly yelling “disgrace on Fox.” He additionally sniped at Fox for the community’s early (and correct) call of Arizona for Joe Biden, nonetheless a lingering sore spot for MAGA diehards.
Moreover, whereas promising to disclose “such massive information” on Tuesday night that “Fox may even report it”—there was no “massive information,” not less than by way of proof introduced—Lindell bashed the community for canceling fervent pro-Trump host Lou Dobbs’ Fox Enterprise present earlier this yr.
“Look what occurred to Lou Dobbs as a result of Fox mentioned ‘OK, we’re getting sued. Lou loses his job,’” Lindell grumbled, referencing the billion-dollar lawsuits Dominion and fellow voting software program agency Smartmatic have filed towards Fox Information and its hosts. (The community has filed a movement to dismiss each lawsuits, defending its reporting and commentary about false election claims on First Modification grounds.)
In the meantime, as Lindell continued to whine about Fox, the cable-news large has turned a deaf ear.
In an announcement to CNN on Tuesday evening, a Fox Information spokesperson confirmed that the community had not despatched any reporters to cowl Lindell’s occasion. Fox protection of the MyPillow mogul’s varied antics has been nearly non-existent in latest months, regardless of his repeated makes an attempt to make MAGA-friendly information (together with a rally this summer that featured Trump himself).
In line with media monitoring service TVEyes, Lindell has solely been talked about on Fox Information 5 instances previously six months—and solely in passing. Fox’s digital website has equally ignored the pillow boss, publishing zero articles about him in latest months. (A June column from media analyst Howard Kurtz on Trump’s “wild chatter” about returning to office in August briefly talked about Lindell, who was a key catalyst for the ex-president’s delusional perception.)
And after Lindell abruptly pulled his commercials from the community final month, Fox Information responded with a diplomatic message: “It’s unlucky Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his business time on FOX Information given the extent of success he’s skilled in constructing his model via promoting on the primary cable information community.”
The one latest occasion of a Fox Information character not simply outright ignoring Lindell, nonetheless, seems to indicate some community want to discredit and shun him as a crank.
In a column for The Hill this week, Fox Information contributor Joe Concha questioned why the media has lined Lindell within the first place. Taking problem with CNN’s latest interview with the MyPillow CEO, which featured an in-depth debunking of Lindell’s election fraud claims, Concha wrote it was the “lowest of low-hanging fruit to fact-check somebody like Lindell” whereas likening the pillow salesman to flat earthers and 9/11 truthers.
Trump, nonetheless, made it abundantly clear on Wednesday that he was not happy with Fox’s choice to show a blind eye to Lindell.
“Fox doesn’t perceive that it’s lacking a score bonanza by not masking the 2020 Election Fraud, the Crime of the Century, which is being uncovered all through many states each day,” the twice-impeached ex-president declared in an announcement. “They’re additionally doing a disservice to our Nation. Folks have turned them off!”