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AT&T and DIRECTV Gets Slammed for Deplatforming Newsmax

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AT&T and DIRECTV are getting slammed for deplatforming Newsmax from its TV channel offerings.

The criticism is coming from Republican members of Congress and the public.

A number of Republican members of Congress have sharply criticized the companies including the possibility of holding hearings on the decision to silence the conservative TV network. The canceling of Newsmax from DIRECTV follows the elimination of One America News Network (OANN) last year.

During an interview on Newsmax, Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott said, “Absolutely. We’ve got to get to the bottom of this. This is censorship by companies like AT&T of conservative voices … this has got to stop.”

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy supports the idea of holding hearings as well.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also criticized DIRECTV.

AT&T is a majority shareholder of DIRECTV.

The public is reacting by posting pictures of DIRECTV equipment in the garbage.

Most concerning for the companies is the fall in AT&T stock price following the decision to dump Newsmax.

AT&T stock has dropped almost 7 percent since DIRECTV cancelled Newsmax.

I pointed out that AT&T censorship of Newsmax violates the company’s stated values.

The fact that DIRECTV pays 22 liberal networks with most having lower ratings than Newsmax shows the decision is political and not business.

The criticism of AT&T and DIRECTV is justified because it’s a political decision aimed at getting rid of a conservative voice which is fundamentally unAmerican.

The board of directors of AT&T must take action to put Newsmax back on air otherwise a shareholder lawsuit will most likely be facing the company.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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