On April 5, DirecTV dropped One America News Network (OANN).
OANN was charged by mainstream media as being a right-wing extremist outlet where commentators peddled conspiracies about a Russian hoax, hydroxychloroquine, election fraud and Dominion’s vulnerable voting machines, Hunter’s laptop, and other “outlandish” claims that are now … proven true.
OANN was content many Americans turned to when Fox affirmed Biden’s results.
And OANN was seen as an extension of President Trump’s voice to the nation. He tweeted their content over 100 times and called on them favorably during press conferences.
For those indiscretions OANN had to be punished. Silenced.
The takedown started with a hit piece by Reuters in October 2021. AT&T, the majority owner of DirecTV, was accused of financially subsidizing OANN, a claim it denied. But that was enough to turn the cancel culture machine on attack mode.
DirecTV buckled to the pressure.
Reuters gleefully announced in January 2022 that DirecTV would cripple OANN.
Other outlets piled on and gloated over the financial strain OANN was put under, with the Daily Beast, for example, citing the mass exodus of talent from OANN.
The left is all for diversity unless it’s diversity of political thought and debate.
Now let’s do Newsmax and Fox next. pic.twitter.com/qgmo0ye1au
— She Defends Democracy (@my15kids) April 1, 2022
DirecTV has 160+ channels. The left couldn’t let OANN be one.
It should be no surprise that AT&T/DirecTV banished conservative voices.
Senator Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to AT&T questioning its conflict of interest in the OANN debacle. Via TheFederalist, Grassley laid out the conflict in six bullet points:
- One America News Network (‘OANN’) is being sued for alleged defamation by Dominion Voting Systems.
- Dominion Voting Systems is owned by Staple Street Capital.
- William Kennard is on the executive board of Staple Street Capital.
- William Kennard is also the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors.
- AT&T owns 70% of DirecTV, and controls two seats on DirecTV’s board of directors.
- DirecTV has decided not to renew its contract with OANN.
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