OAN's Chanel Rion made pro-QAnon remarks on a QAnon program - 2020-07-15

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F0.png OAN's Chanel Rion made pro-QAnon remarks on a QAnon program July 15, 2020, Eric Hananoki, Media Matters

One America News correspondent and conspiracy theorist Chanel Rion appeared on a QAnon program last month and lent credence to the QAnon conspiracy theory, stating that its central figure "is Q anonymous for a reason, for a very good reason, and I think that people need to respect that." One of Rion's colleagues, OAN correspondent Jenn Pellegrino, also said last month that "a lot of people that I know, including people in our office, have mentioned" QAnon "quite a bit."

Rion is the chief White House correspondent for One America News, an avowedly pro-Trump network that has been repeatedly praised by the president. In recent months, she has become infamous for serving as a source of softball questions during White House press briefings.

Rion has also used her OAN platform to forward pro-Trump conspiracy theories. In March, for instance, she pushed the absurd conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was created in a North Carolina laboratory. That claim originated from "Greg Rubini," a conspiracy theorist and QAnon supporter (BuzzFeed News later reported that he is a fraud whose real name is Greg Palusa).

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{{cite news | first = Eric | last = Hananoki | title = OAN's Chanel Rion made pro-QAnon remarks on a QAnon program | url = https://www.mediamatters.org/one-america-news-network/oans-chanel-rion-made-pro-qanon-remarks-qanon-program | work = Media Matters | date = July 15, 2020 | accessdate = July 25, 2020 }}