Skip to comments.US Senators Call Out AT&T For Refusing To Renew OAN Contract…Cite AT&T Board Chairman’s Ties To Dominion Voting Machines
Posted on 03/23/2022 2:17:52 PM PDT by george76
Two U.S. Senators, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have written an official letter to AT&T inquiring into its politically-motivated decision to cut One America News Network (OANN) from DirectTV. Cruz and Lee both press the AT&T Board of Directors for answers regarding the “personal financial” influences that may have swayed the company’s decision.
The decision to not renew its contract with OANN was announced by DirecTV in mid-January. DirecTV, which is primarily run by AT&T, has a contract with OANN that is set to expire in early April.
In response to this major decision, President Trump spoke out at an Arizona rally, saying, “This is horrible. This is a great network. These are great people. I watch it all the time and you really get the truth. And they want to cancel them now because of politics – for purely political reasons. It’s a disgrace what’s going on.”
“I don’t think that people are gonna stand for it,” added Trump.”Maybe what we should do is not use AT&T.”
On Tuesday, Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz 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.”
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They then listed six specific facts/concerns regarding the issue:
One American News Network (“OAN”) 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.
The main concern pointed out by Lee and Cruz is that William Kennard, the Chairman of AT&T’s board of directors and executive board member of Staple Street Capital, is pushing to end its contract with OANN to benefit his personal financial interests.
The Senators then request a response to the following question within 10 business days: “Did any employee or agent of AT&T at any time convey or suggest to any employee or agent of DirecTV an instruction or request not to renew OANN?”
Maybe it ain't making any money.
That's a factor sometimes.
Already got rid of DirecTV last September and switched to streaming options instead.
Big Tech Censorship - bump for later....
I dropped AT%T 3 months ago. They wrote me a snarky email stating ‘once I was cancelled they would not let me back in’.
AT&T are a bunch of #ssholes!
The only reason I had Direct TV was because they carried OAN. I’m looking for other alternatives.
Having made carriage decisions for CATV systems…it’s all about the money. Period. It was never, ever about anything else.
And channels are greedy bastards.
Learned yesterday that as of Monday, April 4th, OANN will be dropped from Directv.
I have lodged complaints with them twice, obviously falling on deaf ears and hope they still might keep talking and bring OANN back in the near future. Wishful thinking, on my part, I suppose.
Been wondering about OANN recently in how they’ve stopped referring to PDJT as President (on their news crawl) while at the same time putting that same title in front of Brandon’s name. Furthermore, their GOP allegiance has been shifting more and more in favor of DeSantis.
In any event, I’ve just purchased a chromebook in order to retain access to OANN online around my house; and pray that losing the largest share of their audience won’t prove to be the demise of this valuable resource.
I have AT&T cable. I still have OANN.
KlowdTV is free and has OAN.
The next sound you hear is their letter scoring a 2-pointer in the AT&T executive suite wastebasket tournament.
The OANN wikipedia write-up describes it as a “far rightwing” network that “promotes falsehoods and conspiracy theories”. No love there.
Thanks. I’ll try it.
That’s what I was wondering about. Our development has bulk Uverse and I still have OAN. I wonder for how long...
My understanding is that Direct TV dropped it, not AT&T cable.
It's similar to President Eisenhower needing highways to break up the railroad monopolies where railroad lines would shut out competitors to their own rail subsidiaries.
Tell us about it April 5th.
Tipping Point With Kara McKinney is an excellent show. I turn it on immediately after Bannon’s War Room.
A difference without a distinction.
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