Update: 2/2/23: Newsmax isn’t being censored because of their politics. They were demanding payment for a service that was streamed for free. They don’t have the viewership to make it worth the network’s while.
Newsmax, the conservative cable news network, starting December 31, is going to be pulled off pay-TV cable, including Atlantic Broadband, Central Pennsylvania’s Blue Ridge Communications, Cincinnati Bell, and Hargray Communications.
Is it censorship?
Last February, House Democrats pressured TV carriers to stop hosting Fox, OAN, and Newsmax. Leftists, who network with groups like MoveOn, continually call networks and ask them to drop these three channels.
Conservative network One America News Network (OAN) was pulled from Direct TV last year.
Newsmax said in a statement, “Despite our high ratings with personalities like Greg Kelly, Eric Bolling, Sean Spicer, Lyndsay Keith, Dick Morris, Alan Dershowitz, and more — it is clear that Blue Ridge doesn’t like Newsmax’s point of view.”
OAN still has Verizon FiOS as a major carrier, while Newsmax is still on the base tiers of DirecTV Stream, Direct TV, the Dish Network, and Sling TV.
Atlantic Broadband said in a statement, “While we worked in good faith to negotiate a new agreement, Newsmax insisted on unreasonable terms and conditions that would have resulted in increased TV fees for all Atlantic Broadband customers even though Newsmax is available for free for other viewers… This is unfair to Atlantic Broadband customers, including those who enjoy the channel. Because we could not reach a new agreement, the channel is no longer offered on our lineup.”
The Streamable reports:
It’s uncertain if the carriage disruptions are part of an expiration of a master carriage deal with the National Cable TV Cooperative (NCTC) or due to the fact that Newsmax has been accused of supporting former president Donald Trump’s “Big Lie.” Many people, like progressives and media watchdog groups, have recommended pay-TV operators drop channels that support this dangerous narrative.
Either way, Newsmax seems to be in trouble in one form or another.