Tuesday, February 21, 2023 by JD Heyes
During the discovery phase of Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against the Fox News Channel over its coverage of figures who claimed that the machines were prone to counting errors, the broadcast company has apparently found evidence that the reports were true.
According to a Substack piece by The National Pulse editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam, Fox News lawyers have uncovered admissions from some Dominion staffers who say that, yes, they have “concerns about the security” of the machines.
He noted that some of the most crucial examples of FNC’s findings include:
— Discovery in this case has revealed that Dominion’s own employees expressed serious concerns about the security of its machines. Mark Beckstrand, a Dominion Sales Manager, confirmed that other parties “have gotten ahold of [Dominion’s] equipment illicitly” in the past.
— Beckstrand identified specific instances in Georgia and North Carolina and testified that a Dominion machine was “hacked” in Michigan. Beckstrand confirmed that these security failures were “reported about in the news.” And just weeks before the 2020 presidential election, Dominion’s Director of Product Strategy and Security, Eric Coomer, acknowledged in private that “our shit is just riddled with bugs.” Indeed, Coomer had been castigating Dominion’s failures for years. In 2019, Coomer noted that “our products suck.”
— He lamented that “[a]lmost all” of Dominion’s technological failings were “due to our complete f— up in installation.” And in another instance, he identified a “*critical* bug leading to INCORRECT results.” He went on to note: “It does not get much worse than that.”
— And while many companies might have resolved their errors, Coomer lamented that “we don’t address our weaknesses effectively!”
“These were recent (2019) messages, which don’t just provide justification for a news network covering potential exploitation of voting machines, but are enough to warrant a wider investigation of Dominion, State Street Capital, and their products and services,” Kassam wrote.
He went on to point out that, two days after the findings became public, only The Associated Press made any mention of the bombshells, but even then, just barely. The AP noted in the 10th paragraph of a story on the subject: “[Fox lawyers] also point to an email from Oct. 30, 2020, just days before the election, in which Dominion’s director of product strategy and security complained that the company’s products were ‘just riddled with bugs.'”
“So long as Fox’s corporate media competitors continue to take victory laps over filings their correspondents have clearly not read, nor reported accurately on, they will find themselves guilty of precisely what they want Fox fined $1.6bn for: making routine editorial news decisions,” Kassam continued.
“This is wanton endangerment and disregard of a so-called free press and America’s First Amendment. But then again, no one ever accused Oliver Darcy of believing in those things in the first place,” he added, a reference to CNN‘s media reporter.
During the 2020 presidential election cycle, as a reminder, some supporters of former President Donald Trump made claims of voting irregularities and fraud involving Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion is a company that provides voting technology and services to many states and counties across the United States.
Claims included the suggestion that the software had switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden, that the voting systems were connected to Venezuela and China, and that the company had ties to high-level Democrats. Dominion has denied these claims.
“A lot of Americans believe this election was rigged. They’re not saying that because they’re crazy and they’re not just saying it because they’re mad. They mean it, and that’s a potentially fatal problem for this country,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted in a monologue on Nov. 19, 2020, less than two weeks after the election. “Elections aren’t merely ‘central to democracy,’ elections are democracy. Voting is the way the public expresses its will. It’s all people have. If elections don’t work, our entire system doesn’t work.”
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