The media world was rumbled by the events that have happened over the past year. From COVID-19 misinformation all the way to election misinformation, there seemed to be an age where citizens couldn’t trust the information out on the internet. The 2020 election brought on the harshest onslaught of misinformation as certain states were in the sights. States like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan were all in the sights of the weapon that was misinformation. This past Thursday however, two election workers from Georgia were tired of the misinformation from particular media outlets and they are now suing the company responsible.
Gateway Pundit, classified by the New York Times as a, ‘right-wing conspiratorial website’, is on the receiving end of these two lawsuits. These latest suits follow right behind previous lawsuits against Fox News as well. Media outlets across the country seem to be divided on the previous election outcome and as a result, there are a lot of ‘media’ outlets, like Gateway Pundit, that claim that Donald J. Trump is still president of the United States.
“I want the defendants to know that my daughter and I are real people who deserve justice, and I never want them to do this to anyone else,”Ms. Ruby Freeman, ballot worker from Atlanta who filed the suit, in a statement with the New York Times.
The examples of defamation provided were, ‘crooked Democrats’ and the outrageous claim that ‘election workers pulled out suitcases full of ballots and began counting them without election monitors in the room.’ These claims follow footage that Former President Trump and his lawyer showed to a Georgia Senate Committee that showed election officials handling suitcases with supposedly 18,000 ballots and feeding them into machines. These claims were later debunked by the county and state officials but the claims never stopped. The victim also claimed that since these lies were given a platform, she and her daughter suffered countless forms of death threats and harassment from Trump supporters. To read more on how Gateway Pundit had any form of credibility, check out this article here.