Fantasyland

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”

In better English, perhaps, I’d like to point out a curious situation within our own San Diego borders.  As many of you know, a very credible media outlet exists right here in our midst.  Not CNN in Atlanta or CBS in New York, but One America News right here in River City.  4757 Morena Blvd to be exact.  Recently, OAN (as it’s fondly referred to by those in the know) has recently made news for all the wrong reasons.  First, Dominion Voting Systems sued OAN (along with the Three Stooges of Giuliani, Powell, and Mr. Pillow not to mention Newsmax, Fox, etc., etc.).  And now in November Smartmatic has piled on poor OAN with another lawsuit.  Poor, poor OAN.  But it’s the inside story that has intrigued me and now I want to share it with you which all happened after you-know-who became the Biggest Loser.

On January 27, 2021 OAN interviewed an “expert mathematician” who claimed to uncover evidence that the 2020 election was rigged.

OAN’s Christina Bobb interviewed the man, Ed Solomon, in a segment about the 2020 election, which the Biggest Loser had lost nearly three months earlier.

In the interview, Solomon said he conducted a mathematical analysis showing that the results in Fulton County, Georgia, “can only have been done by an algorithm.” He added that the probability of Biden’s victory in the county was “1 over 10 to an exponent so large there’s not enough stars in the universe, there aren’t enough atoms in the universe, to explain the number.”

It’s not clear where Solomon got his data set. Factcheck.org compared the numbers he used in his analysis with the data available from Georgia’s secretary of state and found that they did not match. And as we all know, two audits of the ballots cast in Georgia in the 2020 election found that the Georgia results were correct.

Oh, my.  While OAN said Ed Solomon was a “mathematician,” it turns out instead that his job was installing swing sets at the time he was being touted as a mathematical genius who had the real dope on the election fraud you-know-who (the world’s Biggest Loser) was whining about.

Dominion’s lawsuit says Solomon is not an “expert mathematician” but “was in fact a convicted felon with no college degree.” The lawsuit adds that Solomon’s “current job was setting up swing sets in Long Island, New York.”  (I had to repeat this because it’s so cool to discover how stupid some of the Trumpsters are).  I’m sure Smartmatic will use the same info.

A spokesperson for Stony Brook University, with which Solomon said he was affiliated, previously told Factcheck.org that he took several math classes over the course of seven years at the school but never received an undergraduate degree.

A person who appeared to be Solomon was arrested in 2016 on drug-related charges and served two years in prison, Vice reported.

Dominion included these claims in their lawsuit alleging defamation over election conspiracy theories and is seeking over $1.6 billion in damages.

And that’s how our very own San Diego gem, OAN, provides its viewers with the unadulterated truth.  Or maybe it’s using Kellyanne Conway’s alternative facts.