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Someone, or is this case two, are finally standing by the side of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Conservatives, and Donald Trump supporters, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, better known as Diamond and Silk, said they believe Lindell made the correct decision by threatening to remove his advertisements from Fox News.
“First of all, why are they denying Mike Lindell his freedom of speech, and what is Fox News trying to hide” Hardaway said when the pair were interviewed on Newsmax’s Chris Salcedo Show on Friday. “We looked at the ad. I thought the ad was presentable. It was not political or over-political so what is the problem?”
“If he pulled his ads, I think this is going to put a little dent, probably a big dent right on Fox News,” she said.
Fox admitted that it declined to air Lindell’s ad for his FrankSpeech website and cyber symposium. Last year Lindell spent $50 million on advertising on Fox News and has spent $19 million thus far this year, Newsmax reported.
The ad is said to not make any specific claims about voter fraud but does promote his FrankSpeech website.
Richardson said people should stop “supporting people or individuals or networks” if they “do not support you.”
The CEO is pulling his ads for his MyPillow products from the network after it refused to air his ad claiming that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“Mike Lindell said he made the decision after Fox News declined to run a commercial linked to his efforts to promote his claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election,” The Journal said.
“Mr. Lindell said the commercial wouldn’t specifically mention claims of election fraud. But he has said the symposium will prove the 2020 election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump through manipulation of election machines,” it said.
Fox News did not comment specifically on Lindell’s voter fraud ad but did call his decision to stop his other ads with the network “unfortunate.”
“It’s unfortunate Mr. Lindell has chosen to pause his commercial time on FOX News given the level of success he’s experienced in building his brand through advertising on the number one cable news network,” it said.
It also bears noting that when many advertisers began to boycott Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Lindell was one of the handful that stuck with him.
“Mike Lindell was once the only or one of a handful of paid advertisers supporting @TuckerCarlson during the Media Matters boycott efforts. His symposium informational ad that Fox News refused will run on all over the internet, Newsmax, OAN, RSBN, War Room & elsewhere,” Rasmussen Reports said.
Lindell is Fox News’ biggest advertiser, according to Rasmussen, and losing him is more than “unfortunate” for the network.
This is not the first time Lindell and Fox News have been at odds with each other. At a free speech rally he held in June he shredded the network for not attending.
“I want to say one thing. Where’s Fox?” the CEO said. “This is part of our cancel culture and our free speech being suppressed. When you’ve got Fox who is supposed to be conservative, whatever, and you can’t even go on there and say anything anymore. It’s disgusting.”
Lindell, who has "private investigators" looking into Fox News, wastes no time going after the network. pic.twitter.com/122Py1F8lD
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) June 12, 2021
And Lindell appeared on Steve Bannon’s “War Room: Pandemic” podcast in April and said he had investigators looking into Fox News.
“I don’t remember seeing you on Fox recently…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?” Bannon said.
“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,” Lindell said.
“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?” he said.
And Lindell complained in May to the “Eric Metaxas Radio Show” that Fox News would not let him go on their programming to talk about his documentary “Absolute Proof.”
“I want to say one thing here — here’s things that don’t make sense,” he said. “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!”
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