DirecTV is dropping One America News Network from its lineup, in order to cancel conservative voices.
DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-tv providers, announced that it would not renew its contract to carry One America News Network as a TV provider.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the satellite TV provider informed OAN’s owner, Herring Networks Inc., that after their contract expired; it would no longer carry the two channels of the company. The second channel, A Wealth of Entertainment, describes itself as a lifestyle channel with a focus on high-end products.
A representative for DirecTV said in an email statement that it reached the decision “following a routine internal review.”
The choice was made in response to a coordinated effort by media firms and activists in favor of censorship to get OAN removed from DirecTV. In November, six organizations—including GLAAD, Free Press, and Common Cause—joined forces to create a letter demanding that AT&T and DirecTV cut all links with the platform and that DirecTV dump OAN.
The letter reads, “We are deeply disturbed to learn that AT&T helped establish and fund OAN, a purveyor of racial bigotry, conspiracy theories and calls for anti-democratic violence that endanger lives.”
“The company cannot continue to talk out of both sides of its mouth. It cannot speak to promoting values of equality and justice 11 while also funding a channel spreading conspiracy theories and applauding insurrection,” the letter states.
Ultimately, the spokesperson said that the majority owner of DirecTV has faced calls to drop OAN for its support of conservatives.
Soon, OAN will be available only to a few hundred thousand subscribers to smaller cable providers and streaming providers.
OAN host Pearson Sharp called the company a “radical Marxist corporation,” saying, “Over the last few years, we’ve watched as countless independent, freethinking, and conservative organizations were shut down and censored by the radical left. Regrettably, that toxic cancel culture is still alive and well, and it’s coming after One America News.”
Two Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee submitted a letter to the members of the AT&T Board of Directors, expressing “grave concern for the future of journalism and political discourse in America.” They called the decision “highly troubling and disappointing,” that the service was bowing to pressure from “powerful left-wing voices.”
From the beginning, the network has positioned itself far to the left as the Biden administration plot continues to “censor and silence” OAN.
At a rally in Florence, Arizona, former president Donald Trump attacked AT&T and urged his fans to boycott their goods.
“Maybe what we should do is not use AT&T,” Trump said.
“All I can tell you is the people that are telling the truth in America like One America News are being threatened,” Trump continued.
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