Newsmax is a “news” outfit so far right it makes Fox looks reasonable. Or at least scared that they’ll lose audience share. Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, is so far up the conspiracy theory colon that he is turning into a tapeworm. You’d think they would be perfect for each other, da?
Not so fast.
A Newsmax host on Tuesday walked off camera in the middle of an interview with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell after the businessman and vocal supporter of former President Trump refused to stop voicing unsupported claims of fraud in the 2020 election.
Anchor Bob Sellers, along with fellow host Heather Childers, attempted to interview Lindell on conservative complaints of “cancel culture” after Twitter permanently suspended his account last week over his continued efforts to advance allegations that the vote was rigged in favor of President Biden.
Sellers actually tried to commit journalism on Lindell:
“Mike, thank you very much,” Sellers says as Lindell tried to talk over him, repeating Lindell’s name multiple times in an attempt to get his attention.
“You’re talking about machines that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those kinds of allegations,” Sellers continues. “We just want to let people know that there’s nothing substantive with what we’ve seen.”
Sellers then goes on, reading from a written statement as Lindell attempts to speak over him, “And let me read you something there: While there were some clear evidence of some cases of vote fraud and election irregularities, the election results in every state were certified and Newsmax accepts the results as legal and final, the courts have also supported that view.”
And finally he’d had it, asking his producers to get him out of there:
Sellers then interrupts, “Can I ask our producers, can we get out of here please? I don’t want to have to keep going over this…,” to which Lindell again attempts to talk over him.
While Childers once again attempts to get a hold of the interview, Sellers gets up from his chair and walks out of the camera’s view.
Forbes (“Capitalist Tool”) has picked up the story, though with not as many details as the Hill. I expect other media will start reporting it — it is almost a classic man-bites-dog story.
I’ve been Dan K for a long time here, but I went away while I was in the Peace Corps (Kenya) and then while I was working as a Foreign Service Officer. But that’s all behind me now.