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DirecTV dropped OAN today, rejecting GOP pleas to keep right-wing network

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OAN previously sued DirecTV, saying channel removal could force the network to shut down.​


One America News has officially been removed from DirecTV, as the TV provider resisted pressure from Republicans to keep the right-wing network in its channel lineup. A DirecTV spokesperson confirmed to Ars today that the channel removal went ahead as scheduled.

OAN's future is in doubt as the network's owner has said losing the DirecTV deal might force it to shut down. DirecTV previously issued a notice to users stating that OAN would leave DirecTV's satellite channel lineup and the online service DirecTV Stream after April 4. The removal also affected A Wealth of Entertainment (AWE), another channel owned by OAN parent company Herring Networks.

DirecTV announced it wouldn't renew its carriage deal with OAN after pressure from advocacy groups that pointed out OAN "is a major supporter of the Stop the Steal movement," spread "election fraud lies that claimed the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump," "stok[ed] violent calls for the attack on the US Capitol," and airs "wall-to-wall COVID-19 disinformation." US Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) had also questioned DirecTV owner AT&T and other TV providers about why they carry OAN, Newsmax, and Fox News.

DirecTV has since expanded its deal with Fox by offering Fox Nation streaming as a premium add-on. When asked whether it will keep Newsmax, DirecTV told Ars, "As we do for every network in our lineup, we'll evaluate and make decisions as we approach each contract's expiration." The DirecTV spokesperson also said, "I'm not at liberty to provide the expiration date of the contract [with Newsmax]."

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People that want that sort of conspiracy theory level nonsense will still find it, including OANN's website.

But this is good news in that DirecTV just got tired of dealing with their bullshit.
 

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DirecTV announced it wouldn't renew its carriage deal with OAN after pressure from advocacy groups that pointed out OAN "is a major supporter of the Stop the Steal movement," spread "election fraud lies that claimed the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump," "stok[ed] violent calls for the attack on the US Capitol," and airs "wall-to-wall COVID-19 disinformation." US Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) had also questioned DirecTV owner AT&T and other TV providers about why they carry OAN, Newsmax, and Fox News.



Terrific. You don't like an opinion, cancel it!
 

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People that want that sort of conspiracy theory level nonsense will still find it, including OANN's website.

But this is good news in that DirecTV just got tired of dealing with their bullshit.



And advocacy groups had nothing to do with it?
 

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Deliberate disinformation, misinformation, and mal-information about the election results are not merely "an opinion". They are LIES!
Big difference.



Who appointed "advocacy groups" disinformation czars?
 

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Its the free market at work. Even when you don't like it.


Cancel Culture is not exactly free market at work. It is more like censorship by the gilded crowd
 

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DTV could drop OAN and FOX NEWS among a host of other fare and I still wouldn't spend another dime on their services.
 

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It is amazing how often "conservatives" flip from free market to all of a sudden something not going their way is "censorship."



Is it censorship or not?
 

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Cancel Culture is not exactly free market at work. It is more like censorship by the gilded crowd

Now, why should we value the "opinion" of someone who openly admits spreading Putin propaganda all around DP when that opinion has to do with things like a capitalist economy in a country that actually kinda tries to govern itself according to its constitution?

At any rate, I do have to give you a tiny bit of credit: the most standard Putin-aligned GOP propaganda claim would have required you to start whining about free speech. That would have been even dumber than whining about "cancel culture".



DirectTV is free to do business with whom it pleases. OANN is free to negotiate deals with any carriers it pleases. Whiny MAGAs are free to start their own potential carriers. But they are not free to force someone else to help them spread their vile bullshit.

Is it censorship or not?

Is Direct TV the United States government?

Is a hammer a quasar?

In other words, please request a meeting with whomever curates your daily propaganda and urge them to come up with an angle that is less gratingly stupid. You didn't have to go there, but you did. Any more stupidity and this thread will collapse into a singularity.
 

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Where? It's not on my directv anymore. :)

But it is there, shuffle on over to their website and read all the conspiracy theory insanity to your heart's content.
 

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These antiAmerican outlets disguised as news should not be allowed in the first place.
 
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