Newsmax reporter pickets Fox News for its refusal to air Mike Lindell's ads promoting his symposium on unproven election-fraud claims

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  • Conservative cable outlet Newsmax sent a reporter to picket Fox News.

  • Fox News refused to air ads about MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's upcoming voter-fraud symposium.

  • The one-man protest took place in front of the NewsCorp building in New York City.

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Conservative cable outlet Newsmax this week sent a reporter to picket in front of Fox News over its refusal to air commercials from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Salon reported.

Lindell's ads were for an upcoming event, scheduled for August 10 in South Dakota, where he said he would reveal new information about voter fraud in the 2020 election. An ally of former President Donald Trump, Lindell has been a leading voice in spreading conspiracies theories about the election being "stolen" despite no evidence of voter fraud.

"Newsmax is airing these ads," Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield said on Wednesday. "Apparently, free speech and pro-Trump messaging is considered fringe at Fox, but not here."

He added, "We've been airing Mike Lindell's ad, and when they refused, Fox, we sent out our Newsmax correspondent Mike Carter to ask the people why they think Fox News is so afraid of Mike Lindell."

Carter launched a one-man protest in front of the NewsCorp building.

"Why does Fox News hate a good night's sleep?" he said.

A video posted to Twitter showed Carter in action, carrying a picket sign with Lindell's face under the word "Banned!"

"Here at Newsmax, we believe in a good night's sleep, so we're running that ad," Carter said. "And today, we're taking Fox News to the mattresses ... We have a Fox News alert, we have a banned pillow salesman."

Lindell's relationship with Fox News soured after the November election. He said the network was "unwatchable" after it announced Biden's victory. He championed other conservative networks, including Newsmax. Lindell said he would pull all of his company's ads from Fox News, which counted MyPillow among its biggest sponsors.

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