Speaking to The New York Times, current and former employees of the pro-Trump One America News Network (OAN) told the outlet that they don’t trust the network to tell the truth.
Marty Golingan, an OAN producer since 2016, said that he worried his work at the network may have helped inspire the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He also said that others disagreed with the network’s coverage.
“The majority of people did not believe the voter fraud claims being run on the air,” Golingan said, adding that when he saw a Capitol rioter flying a flag sporting the network’s logo, “I was like, OK, that’s not good.”
Former OAN news producer Allysia Britton told the Times that she was “one of more than a dozen employees who had left OAN” due to the Capitol attack.
“This is insane, and maybe if they sue us, we’ll stop putting stories like this out,” Golingan said, referring to a lawsuit brought against Fox News by voting tech company, Dominion.
As The New York Times’ Rachel Abrams points out, OAN continues to broadcast segments questioning the validity of the 2020 presidential election.
“There’s still serious doubts about who’s actually president,” OAN correspondent Pearson Sharp said in a March 28 report.
“OAN has also promoted the debunked theory that the rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 were left-wing agitators. Toward the end of a March 4 news segment that described the attack as the work of ‘antifa’ and ‘anti-Trump extremists’ — and referred to the president as ‘Beijing Biden’ — Mr. Sharp said, ‘History will show it was the Democrats, and not the Republicans, who called for this violence.’ Investigations have found no evidence that people who identify with antifa, a loose collective of antifascist activists, were involved in the Capitol riot,” Abrams writes.