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Newsmax is a conservative Republican-oriented global news portal whose website has more than 13 million readers a month. [1] It is run by wingnut hack and conspiracy theorist[2] Christopher Ruddy, and principally lives on the Internet on news site sidebars. It was formed on September 16th, 1998, and also has four main sections: the main section, Newsmax Health, Newsmax Finance, and Newsmax World. They also have a print magazine. Its website is dominated by wingnutty shock news,[3] moral outrage,[4] conspiracies,[5] and trashy advertising for dubious "get rich quick" schemes, quack medicines/workout programmes, and publications that feature ads for similar products.[6] Christopher Ruddy, its CEO, has tried to make the network somehow even crazier and less fact-based than a major competitor to Fox News, and has even hired a few former Fox News hosts.

Newsmax is popular with the type of people who read WorldNetDaily; both outlets feature similar worldviews of an idealized conservative God-fearing America besieged by godless libruls, filthy sodomites, evil terrorists, immoral atheists and diseased illegal aliens. However, they managed to even out-wingnut WND when one of their contributors called on the military to overthrow Obama in a coup,[7] saying that it would "restore and defend the Constitution". Yes, removing a President elected by the largest margin in decades and replacing him with a junta would restore the Constitution.

Distinguished contributors to Newsmax include David Limbaugh (brother of Rush Limbaugh), Michael Reagan (the adopted son of Saint Ronnie), "Doctor" Laura Schlessinger, and (quack) Doctor Russell Blaylock. They'll also spend some time now and again giving airtime to bunk medicine, like chelation therapy.[8] They conducted an interview with Pat Buchanan about a book he wrote complaining that America has become less white and Christian, with the interviewer taking him very seriously.[9]

In 2015, Christopher Ruddy had a change of heart and donated to the Clinton Foundation, following nearly two decades of anti-Bill Clinton advocacy. Ruddy also criticized Clinton Cash, a book written by conservative author Peter Schweizer with accusations of corruption of Bill and Hillary Clinton due to their donors.[10]

In November 2020, Newsmax saw a large boost in popularity following the 2020 US Election, specifically when Fox News conceded that Joe Biden won over the incumbent Donald Trump, infuriating many of their supporters. Trump, before getting banned by Twitter for inciting violence in the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot retweeted tons of random people to go to Newsmax, as Newsmax still falsely claimed that he "won" the 2020 U.S. presidential election in a landslide. [11] [12]

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