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DeSantis: Congress Must Probe AT&T for Deplatforming

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From Newsmax, 1-31-23

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for a congressional investigation into the AT&T DirecTV decision to drop Newsmax. DeSantis, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, made his comments Tuesday during a press conference in Sarasota, Florida.

It seems that the One America News and the Newsmax are being targeted,” DeSantis said. “And so I think it does warrant [congressional] investigation.”Last week AT&T DirecTV shocked congressional Republicans and conservatives across the nation when it abruptly removed Newsmax, the fourth highest-rated cable news channel, watched by 25 million Americans, from its channel lineup.

AT&T’s move was the second time in a year it deplatformed a conservative channel, canceling the popular OAN last April.”I really think this is something that the Congress needs to look at and I think they need to ensure that there’s not intellectual discrimination going on when it comes to what people are able to view,” DeSantis said.

DirecTV cited “cost-cutting” reasons in removing Newsmax and OAN, at the same time it continues to carry 22 liberal-leaning news channels. Most of these channels have tiny audiences and DirecTV continues to pay all of them hefty license fees.DeSantis said he was not buying the excuses.

“They’ll give different rationales for why they don’t want to do it,” he said. “But the reality is they have so much other content that is very lightly viewed and yet they keep it on.”Newsmax has said that DirecTV refused to negotiate with it on a fair price for fees, telling the network it would never pay any license fees to it. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, noting that all other cable news channels get paid fees, said that AT&T DirecTV’s action was “political discrimination” and “a blatant act of censorship.”
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Actions to Take Now
1. DirecTV customers: Call them toll free at 877-763-9762to cancel.Important: Newsmax is not negotiating with DirecTV. Newsmax did not want excessive fees – about a $1 a year only. CNN gets $14!  DirecTV also replaced NEWSMAX with a channel that has no news and no ratings. Also, NEWSMAX’s livestream is ending soon on other platforms, so unless you get it on DirecTV, you will have to cancel their service.
2. AT&T customers: Call toll free at 888-855-2338, for any of their cellphones, wireless products, or services, demand they end their censorship of NEWSMAX or you will cancel.
3. Go to our online petition and get more info at: iWantNewsmax.com.
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