Following a disagreement with Fox News earlier this summer, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell appears to have changed his mind.
Lindell, who was Fox anchor Tucker Carlson’s biggest sponsor at the time, announced in July that he was pulling his advertising after the network refused to show an ad for his cyber symposium. Lindell said the symposium would establish voter fraud, but cyber experts disregarded his claims after the event in August.
Lindell said he would deleting his commercials “now and indefinitely,” calling Fox’s refusal to broadcast the symposium ad “shameful.”
“It’s regrettable Mr. Lindell has chosen to suspend his commercial time on Fox News considering the level of success he’s had in establishing his brand by advertising on the number one cable news network,” the network said at the time, according to Insider’s Matthew Loh.
The tables have now reversed, according to a fresh report from The Daily Beast, with Fox apparently rejecting Lindell.
Lindell told the newspaper that he approached Fox just weeks after the two parted ways, hoping to repair the advertising arrangement and promote his new social media network, FrankSpeech.
According to The Daily Beast, he has subsequently submitted at least four commercials to Fox, all of which have been rejected.
Fox News confirmed to the site that it had rejected two ads from Lindell as recently as this week, though it did not provide any explanations.
However, according to Lindell, Fox does not approve of the content of FrankSpeech.com.
“Fox is only rejecting commercials with the words frank or frankspeech in the title,” Lindell wrote in an email.
He said The Daily Beast that Fox first refused to mention the cyber symposium or electoral fraud, but that commercials he pitched that did not include these elements were also rejected.
He told The Daily Beast on Thursday, “They stated I couldn’t say the terms ‘Frank’ or ‘FrankSpeech.'” “It was the quickest response we’ve ever received. It would have cleared if I omitted the words ‘FrankSpeech,’ but then it would have just been a MyPillow commercial, which I stated I wouldn’t do! Outrageous!”
Even while he confronts litigation from election technology companies Dominion and Smartmatic, Lindell has been a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and a consistent proponent of conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 election.