US media reported last month that Newsmax, described as a conservative TV channel, has been broadcasting disinformation regarding the January 2021 siege at the US Capitol. According to the AP report:
July 18. 2022 Washington (AP) — A conservative TV channel is presenting viewers with an “alternate universe” of how the deadly siege at the U. S. Capitol unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, a new research report finds. Newsmax has broadcast at least 40 false claims or conspiracy theories about the attack since June, when a House committee began televising its evidence about the role former President Donald Trump and his allies played in the day’s events, according to NewsGuard, a tech firm that monitors misinformation. “If you’re watching Newsmax, you may come away with an entirely different feeling of what happened at the hearings, and what happened on Jan. 6,” NewsGuard analyst Jack Brewster said of the findings. Many of the falsehoods, presented by anchors, reporters and guests who include Republican members of Congress, have been repeatedly debunked. Newsmax did not comment on the report. Anchors and guests have claimed that there were only a few hundred rioters or that they were “unarmed,” despite photos taken from that day and federal charges that show some were armed with guns or used pepper spray, flagpoles and stun guns as weapons. The Department of Justice estimates at least 2,000 people entered the U. S. Capitol. Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified last month that Trump had been informed protesters were armed with weapons.
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Newsmax, the magazine and Web site that Mr. Ruddy founded more than a decade ago, is the right-wing populist’s Time or Newsweek. With a paid circulation of 230,000, the magazine reaches more homes than The Weekly Standard or National Review, two of the higher brow pillars of American conservatism, by offering what Mr. Ruddy says is “news that Americans in the heartland would like to see.” He and his editors mix cover pieces with articles like “The Jesus Question: Will He Ever Return” and “Heartland Warrior: Michele Bachmann’s Passionate Stand for American Values” alongside items about Ann Coulter’s decision to turn down “Dancing With the Stars.” Among news sites that draw large conservative audiences, only FoxNews.com has more visitors, according to Nielsen, and Newsmax’s e‑mail alerts go out daily to 3.2 million people.
More. recently, the station has been deemed a “Pro-Trump network.”