Far-Right Blog Gateway Pundit Files for Bankruptcy Amid Lawsuits Over False 2020 Election Claims

The Gateway Pundit, a far-right conspiracy website, files for bankruptcy amid defamation lawsuits over false claims about the 2020 US election, highlighting the legal consequences faced by media outlets that spread misinformation.

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Far-Right Blog Gateway Pundit Files for Bankruptcy Amid Lawsuits Over False 2020 Election Claims

Far-Right Blog Gateway Pundit Files for Bankruptcy Amid Lawsuits Over False 2020 Election Claims

The Gateway Pundit, a far-right conspiracy website known for promoting false claims about the 2020 U.S. presidential election, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid a string of defamation lawsuits. The website's parent company, TGP Communications, is seeking bankruptcy protection in Florida, with founder Jim Hoft blaming "progressive liberal" lawsuits for the move.

The Gateway Pundit has faced lawsuits from two Georgia poll workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, over false claims of ballot fraud, as well as a lawsuit in Colorado from Eric Coomer, a former employee of Dominion Voting Systems, over false vote-rigging claims. "This is a common tool for reorganization and to consolidate litigation," Hoft said of the bankruptcy filing, denying any admission of fault or culpability.

Despite the financial pressure from the lawsuits and a substantial decrease in website traffic in recent months, Hoft has vowed to continue publishing The Gateway Pundit. "We are not going away. We are more committed than ever to bringing the truth and fighting for the future of this country," he stated.

Why this matters: The bankruptcy filing of The Gateway Pundit highlights the legal consequences faced by media outlets that promoted misinformation about the 2020 election. It also emphasizes the ongoing efforts to hold accountable those who spread false claims that undermined public trust in the democratic process.

The Gateway Pundit's bankruptcy comes as other right-wing media outlets, such as Fox News, One America News, and Newsmax, also face lawsuits related to their coverage of the 2020 election. In a recent high-profile case, Fox News agreed to pay $787.5 million to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems over false claims made on the network.

Key Takeaways

  • The Gateway Pundit, a far-right conspiracy website, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • The website faces lawsuits over false claims about the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • The bankruptcy filing is a tool to consolidate litigation, according to the website's founder.
  • The Gateway Pundit vows to continue publishing despite financial pressure from lawsuits.
  • The bankruptcy highlights legal consequences for media outlets that promoted election misinformation.