The controversy surrounding the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election results caused a number of high-profile personalities to stake their reputations – and indeed their fortunes – on assertions that widespread fraud occurred, and the fallout from those decisions continues apace.
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has been among the loudest voices claiming that the November election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, and according to Mediate, he revealed on Friday that he has engaged the services of private investigators to probe why Fox News will not permit him to appear on air to discuss the evidence he says he has amassed to prove just that.
During an appearance on the War Room: Pandemic podcast, Lindell discussed the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against him by Dominion Voting Systems over his election-related accusations when the subject of Fox News and the family dynasty that oversees it arose. Podcast host Steven Bannon queried Lindell about his noticeable absence in recent months from on-air appearances on the cable network, asking:
Why are the Murdochs afraid of Dominion? Why is Mike Lindell not on Fox and why do they seem to say, hey, when Dominion says something, we’re just gonna shut up about it and talk about Biden’s tax bill?
The pillow magnate replied, “You know, I’m gonna have those answers soon, ’cause I’ve hired private investigators and I’ve spent a lot of money on them to investigate everything,” adding, “the bots and trolls, who’s behind them? Why is Facebook involved, Wikipedia involved? And then the big question: why isn’t Fox having people on? Why isn’t Fox on there talking about Dominion and Smartmatic and the election fraud?”
Lindell expanded on his suspicions about what he views as the cable news network’s reluctance to address election fraud claims, hinting that Fox may be among a number of entities engaged in a conspiracy against Trump, according to Business Insider.
The New York Post reported that Lindell says he has plans to bring his own legal action against Dominion Voting Systems in the coming days that will allege that the company is quashing free speech by filing a series of defamation complaints against parties such as attorney Sidney Powell and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, to name a few.
Last month, Dominion also filed a $1.6 billion defamation suit against Fox News, a fact which Lindell argues should result in his return to the network’s airwaves, telling the Eric Metaxas Radio Show in March, according to Business Insider, “Let’s just talk about Fox. You’re already sued! It’s too late to close the gate. The cows are already out of the barn!”
Since entering the fray over the outcome of the 2020 election, Lindell’s company has been the target of boycott campaigns that have succeeded in persuading upwards of 22 retailers to drop MyPillow products, something which has reportedly cut sales by $65 million, according to the Post.
Though he has pulled no punches in taking aim at Fox News in recent days, it is worth noting that My Pillow remains the top advertiser on the network’s primetime ratings powerhouse Tucker Carlson Tonight, making for an awkward intersection of interests, indeed.