Conservative outlet OAN won't recognize Biden as president-elect until Congress certifies

The conservative outlet One America News (OAN) will not recognize Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE as president-elect until Congress certifies the Electoral College vote.

CEO Robert Herring tweeted that “our investigations indicate there was fraud in voting” so the network will not decide to recognize Biden’s victory over President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE until Jan. 6, at the earliest.


That announcement comes after the conservative outlet Newsmax announced this week that it would honor the Electoral College vote and begin referring to Biden as “president-elect.”

Many Republicans had held off on recognizing Biden’s victory as Trump has challenged the outcome in court.

The president and his allies have made unsubstantiated claims about the election having been stolen from him through widespread fraud.


But the Electoral College vote this week was a tipping point for many Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday congratulated Biden on his victory for the first time and is privately urging his caucus to not join an effort led by Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing Shelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race MORE (R-Ala.) to protest the results when Congress meets to certify the election on Jan. 6.

Trump has promoted both Newsmax and OAN as conservative alternatives to Fox as he’s grown frustrated by the cable giant’s coverage of his allegations of fraud. Trump’s allies on the network, such as Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPoll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election 9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 MORE, have promoted his claims but the news division has reported on the matter with deep skepticism.

Newsmax and OAN have seen an opening to try and peel away some conservative viewers from Fox with more stridently pro-Trump content.

Newsmax and OAN have seen some increases in viewership but are far behind Fox, which remains the cable news ratings king.