The MarginPublished: Feb. 5, 2021 at 2:50 p.m. ETThe MyPillow CEO released a three-hour video detailing his baseless claims of election fraudMyPillow founder and pitchman Mike Lindell dropped his “Absolute Proof” project on Friday — which OAN ran with a lengthy disclaimer. MarketWatch photo illustration/Getty ImagesMyPillow CEO and staunch Donald Trump supporter Mike Lindell, who had been promising for weeks to drop “evidence” backing unfounded claims of election fraud and vote tampering in the 2020 U. S. presidential election, found the effort undermined Friday as the channel on which his quasidocumentary aired took pre-emptive steps to avoid appearing to vouch for its credibility. Lindell’s three-hour movie, “Absolute Proof,” which he put together over the past two weeks and had claimed would show “100 percent” that China and other countries manipulated votes in President Joe Biden’s favor — there is zero evidence to support such claims, and Biden beat incumbent Trump by more than 7 million votes, 4½ percentage points and 74 votes in the Electoral College — premiered Friday on the right-wing One American News Network, or OAN. Read: Twitter has permanently banned the corporate MyPillow account after founder Mike Lindell posted from itMuch to the amusement of many on TwitterTWTR,+0.48%,OAN aired a lengthy disclaimer ahead of “Absolute Proof” advising viewers that “the statements and claims expressed in this program are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.”Early reviews of the footage have noted there is no actual proof provided, only more of the same conspiracy theories and misinformation that Lindell has trafficked in for weeks. Indeed, several viewers shared screenshots of YouTube removing the Lindell movie for violating its terms of service, although some pro-Lindell users of the Alphabet-ownedGOOGL,+1.71%GOOG,+1.73%video service have continued to upload “Absolute Proof” to the platform. Alphabet was not immediately available for comment, but a spokesperson reportedly told Vice that the video “violated our presidential election integrity policy.”“‘The statements and claims expressed in this program are presented at this time as opinions only and are not intended to be taken or interpreted by the viewer as established facts.’”— OAN disclaimer on ‘Absolute Proof’The juxtaposition of the “opinions only” disclaimer followed by the “Absolute Proof” title screen tickled many a funnybone on Twitter, leading “Absolute Proof” to trend on Friday afternoon. Another popular joke was suggesting that the opinions expressed in the video were fueled by Absolut Vodka (which is generally 80 to 100 proof, for what it’s worth) rather than hard facts. Some critics also warned that this is really more “absolute proof” that Dominion Voting Systems has a case in its pending defamation suit against Lindell.
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