DirecTV has decided to no longer carry One America News (or ONAN as we call it here. * snicker *), that that pretty much will be a death blow to those fascists:
DirecTV announced Friday evening that it would be severing ties with One America News later this year, pulling the conservative news channel from millions of homes and dealing a significant blow to the pro-Trump network.
The channel, which rose to prominence during the Trump administration and has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and coronavirus pandemic, will be dropped from DirecTV in early April when its contract expires…
…The move figures to be a big financial loss for the fringe network. An OAN accountant reported in 2020 that 90 percent of the channel’s revenue in the previous year stemmed from subscriber fees paid by DirecTV and other AT&T-owned platforms, according to Reuters.
So before we break out the champagne to celebrate a small improvement in the media landscape, let’s not forget:
AT&T has been repeatedly criticized for playing a foundational role in building up OAN into a Trump-friendly alternative to Fox News. Though DirecTV is now its own company, AT&T owns 70 percent of the satellite provider.
Without the estimated tens of millions of dollars in revenue from AT&T, an OAN accountant said in sworn testimony that the network’s value “would be zero,” reported Reuters. A spokesperson with AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
And there’s the rub. Media consolidation is a major problem for us. Watch for AT&T chicanery because their corporate plans still require having a Fox News of their own.
I can’t wait to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the violation of free speech. /s
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Cutting the cord and dropping cable and satellite companies is one option, but not one that saves the consumer a whole lot of money when you have to add in the cost of all the streaming services you’d need to subscribe to just to get close to what you had before. It’s pretty much just shifting the income from one set of giant media franchises to another. Clowns to the left of us, jokers to the right, here we are, stuck in the middle.
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I know for years I wanted an a la carte of options for teevee and now streaming gave it to me and I wish that there was something in between.
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