Newsmax lost 13 million customers last night when Direct TV took them down. This follows the removal of OANN, another conservative channel.
Newsmax’s Greg Kelly said they removed two conservative channels last night and want Fox News removed. Meanwhile, 22 liberal/leftist stations remain. Mr. Kelly said that Democrats in Congress demanded it be taken down.
According to the television provider, the decision came down to Newsmax asking for rate increases, which “would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” the Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona reported.
Freshman Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) said this week that the TV provider’s inability to come to agree with Newsmax over cable fees signaled “a political decision to censor conservative media, which is a red flag for the First Amendment.”
“I am sure that DirecTV will claim that removing Newsmax from their lineup of channels was purely a business decision, but that is hard to accept when liberal news channels like Vice Media continue to remain on the air. Vice is a ratings failure for DirecTV, yet they continue to profit from their relationship with DirecTV,” Hunt said in a letter to the company.
Direct TV plans to fill the space with new content. They had this planned for some time.
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