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Elon Musk denies interest in buying OAN despite claim

The conservative One America News Network (OAN) claimed Elon Musk is considering buying it. Musk denied it.

On Thursday, OAN Chief Executive Officer Robert Herring tweeted“We just got a call from someone very close to @elonmusk saying they would like to speak to us about buying @OANN.”

OAN then retweeted Herring’s claim from his verified account.

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Robert Herring/Twitter

People were very skeptical about Herring’s claim.

“Did the person have ‘BA BA BOOEY!’ at the end of the call?” wrote one.

Musk is embroiled in an ongoing saga over his bid to buy Twitter. He offered to buy the social media platform for $44 billion in April. The board accepted this.

More recently, Musk has been reluctant to complete the transaction. He requests Twitter to provide him with more information about bot and scam account activity on the platform. If he does not comply with this request to his satisfaction, he threatens to withdraw the offer.

Within an hour, Musk responded to Herring’s tweet to appear to deny that he was interested in buying OAN.

“Just Twitter,” he answered.

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Robert Herring/Twitter

Elon Musk/Twitter

The amusement only grew after Musk denied wanting to buy the right-wing network, which was being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 billion for lying about fraud in the 2020 election.

“You’re retiring from another, aren’t you?” wrote @LOLGOP.

Memes and jokes filled the comments.

“I got the same call… only it was about the sofa I posted on NextDoor.” answered @MattDThompson.

As of this writing, Herring has not deleted the tweet. OAN did not immediately respond to a request for comment submitted through the contact form on its website.


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*Initial publication: June 9, 2022 at 1:18 pm CDT

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