DirecTV to Newsmax: Buh-bye

Yup, they kicked Newsman in the AON, er, comp-loompas, and Republicans are howling that a private business is making, you know, business decisions:

In an emailed statement to CBS MoneyWatch, DirecTV said it is no longer airing Newsmax on the satellite service or its DirecTV Stream or U-Verse services. DirecTV said it “made it clear” to Newsmax that it wants to continue airing the network’s programming, but that its “demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs,” including for customers.

Newsmax described DirecTV’s decision as a “censorship move” to silence the conservative network. The media outlet also pointed to DirecTV’s decision a year earlier to drop another conservative network from its lineup, One America News Network, or OAN.

“This is a blatant act of political discrimination and censorship against Newsmax,” Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, said in an article published Wednesday on the media company’s website.

There’s a weird term for this: The Invisible Hand of the Marketplace. If Newsmax makes the fees to carry their programming too much for DirecTV to pay, well, the ol’ Invisible Hand gives them the finger. But never try to explain macro economics to a Republican:

In response to the dispute, 41 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to DirecTV warning that they might open hearings on the issue, according to a copy of the letter viewed by CBS MoneyWatch.

“Taken together, these two actions lead us to believe that DirecTV … is actively working to limit conservative viewpoints on its system,” the letter said, referring to DirecTV’s move to drop Newsmax and OAN.

No, DirecTV  didn’t see a return on their investment:

DirecTV, a joint venture of AT&T and private equity firm TPG, has 13.3 million subscribers, according to Fitch Ratings. The satellite service has lost millions of customers over the past decade amid competition from internet and streaming services.

Remember, Republicans believe that Free Speech is forcing everyone to listen to them.


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2 Responses to DirecTV to Newsmax: Buh-bye

  1. Mike B. says:

    If DirecTV were to want to censor right-wing stations, don’t they have the right to do so? I don’t think they’re a common carrier, and there’s not even any fairness doctrine anymore for TV (which I think was the GOP’s doing). Do talk radio stations have to carry liberal shows?

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Funny how they love capitalism until it hits them in the face.

    Liked by 1 person


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