Not-so DirecTV: Cable Provider Drops Newsmax Despite Claims of Targeting Conservatives

Nick Kangadis | January 25, 2023
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Say you’re biased without saying you’re biased. DirecTV, it’s your turn!

‘Okay, we’re getting rid of the conservative news outlet Newsmax, but we’re going to blame it on fee negotiations.’

Cable television giant DirecTV dropped Newsmax from its channel lineup after negotiations stalled on Tuesday.

Predictably, a DirecTV spokesperson spoke with far-left outlet The Daily Beast almost immediately after Newsmax was officially dropped from their service.

Related: Newsmax's Chris Salcedo Slams Media for Silence on Dem Anti-Semites

“On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” the DirecTV spokesperson claimed.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy downplayed DirecTV’s claim about fees, calling the move “political discrimination and censorship against Newsmax.”

“The most extreme liberal channels, even with tiny ratings, get fees from AT&T's DirecTV, but Newsmax and OAN need to be deplatformed,” Ruddy said.

Related: WATCH: DirecTV Drops Newsmax Months After Getting Rid of ...

A group of Republican congressmen wanted to question DirecTV’s motives should Newsmax have been dropped. The politicians believe that the actions against Newsmax, as well as the one already undertaken against fellow conservative outlet OAN, is direct targeting of a specific ideology.

“If Newsmax is removed from DirecTV,” Rep. Wesley Hunet (R-Texas) began in a letter questioning DirecTV’s actions, “in less than a year House Republicans will have lost two of the three cable news channels that reach conservative voters on a platform that primarily serves conservative-leaning areas of the country.”

 

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