advertisement
Forums

 

AAPL stock: Click Here

You are currently viewing the 'Friendly' Political Ranting forum
one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 06, 2021 12:51PM
....reuters just broke the news....90% funded by AT&T.....


Special Report: How AT&T helped build far-right One America News

....One America News, the far-right network whose fortunes and viewership rose amid the triumph and tumult of the Trump administration, has flourished with support from a surprising source: AT&T Inc, the world's largest communications company.

A Reuters review of court records shows the role AT&T played in creating and funding OAN, a network that continues to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic.

OAN founder and chief executive Robert Herring Sr has testified that the inspiration to launch OAN in 2013 came from AT&T executives.

“They told us they wanted a conservative network,” Herring said during a 2019 deposition seen by Reuters. “They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [leftwing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”

Since then, AT&T has been a crucial source of funds flowing into OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, court records show. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including satellite broadcaster DirecTV, according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant.

Herring has testified he was offered $250 million for OAN in 2019. Without the DirecTV deal, the accountant said under oath, the network’s value “would be zero.”

Dallas-based AT&T, a mobile-phone and Internet provider, also owns entertainment giant Warner Media, which includes CNN and HBO. AT&T acquired DirecTV in 2015 and in August spun off the satellite service, retaining a 70% share in the new, independently managed company. AT&T’s total U.S. television subscriber base, including satellite and streaming services, fell from 26 million in 2015 to 15.4 million as of August.

AT&T spokesman Jim Greer declined to comment on the testimony about OAN’s revenue streams, citing confidentiality agreements. He said that DirecTV broadcasts “many news channels that offer viewpoints across the political spectrum.”

We have always sought to provide a wide variety of content and programming that would be of interest to customers, and do not dictate or control programming on channels we carry,” Greer said. “Any suggestion otherwise is wrong.”

Although the contracts are confidential, in court filings Herring cited monthly fees included in one five-year deal with AT&T. According to an AT&T filing citing Herring’s numbers, those fees would total about $57 million. Greer said that figure is inaccurate, but declined to say how much AT&T has paid to air OAN, citing a non-disclosure agreement.

Herring and his adult sons own and operate OAN, a subsidiary of their closely held San Diego-based Herring Networks. Their AT&T deal includes Herring’s other network, a little-watched lifestyle channel, AWE. The Herrings declined interview requests.

Herring, who just turned 80, is a self-made businessman who amassed a fortune in the circuit board industry, then turned to television and boxing promotion. OAN’s influence rose in late 2015, when it began covering Trump rallies live, at a time when some of the media still saw the New York celebrity businessman as a longshot presidential contender. The network continues to shower Trump with attention and often provides a friendly platform for his Republican allies...........



funded by..............?!



_____________________________________

I reject your reality and substitute my own!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/06/2021 01:08PM by NewtonMP2100.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2021 12:59PM
Wow, that’s big!
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: hal
Date: October 06, 2021 01:01PM
wow - @#$%& is gonna hit the fan...
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 06, 2021 01:04PM
“They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [leftwing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”

Umm...even if you consider CNN and MSNBC to be "leftwing networks", what are the other 5?

The History channel? HGTV?
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 06, 2021 01:11PM
Sell, sell, sell...
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: hal
Date: October 06, 2021 01:23PM
Quote
btfc
Sell, sell, sell...

currently at 27.17 - I wonder how it's gonna do in the next few days
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: Buzz
Date: October 06, 2021 01:24PM
I wonder how many AT&T mobile and TV customers are gonna switch?

I sure would.
==
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: p8712
Date: October 06, 2021 01:42PM
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: October 06, 2021 01:46PM
Quote
pdq
“They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [leftwing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”

Umm...even if you consider CNN and MSNBC to be "leftwing networks", what are the other 5?

The History channel? HGTV?

If an episode of This Old House showed the installation of solar panels, then they would obviously be a commie-socialist, radical, left-wing network.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: October 06, 2021 01:51PM
Ok. I'm switching from ATT for 3 different cell lines.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 06, 2021 01:59PM
Bias may show through, but CNN and MSNBC are intended to be news.
Fox, OAN, and Newsmax are intended to be lying, @#$%&-slinging propaganda machines.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 06, 2021 02:04PM
Nothing will happen or change.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: rgG
Date: October 06, 2021 02:39PM
I wrote off ATT a long time ago





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 06, 2021 03:06PM
ATT won’t lift a finger to bring DSL out here 2.5 miles from town on a US highway.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 06, 2021 04:34PM
"Mr. Herring retired in 2000, after selling Herco Technology. He sold the company for... $122 million. He had met a Russian woman during this time. The couple became engaged and got married. This is the third wife for Robert Herring.

"...since Trump began his march to the White House, One America’s owner, Robert Herring Sr., a millionaire who made his money printing circuit boards, has directed his channel to push Trump’s candidacy, scuttle stories about police shootings, encourage antiabortion stories, minimize coverage of Russian aggression..."

"...Herring repeatedly urged against running stories critical of Russia. (Herring’s online streaming company, KlowdTV, features a package offering just Herring’s own channels and RT (Russia Today)"

"'Wouldn’t it be better if we started working with Russia, than to keep blaming them for everything,' Herring tweeted...'Lift sanctions, no NATO on their borders'.”


-------------------------------------------

"A San Diego federal judge Friday dismissed a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by the owners and operators of San Diego-based One America News Network against MSNBC and political commentator Rachel Maddow.

Last summer, the liberal host told her viewers that the Trump-friendly conservative network “really literally is paid Russian propaganda.”

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant dismissed Herring Networks’ suit with prejudice, ruling “there is no set of facts that could support a claim for defamation based on Maddow’s statement,” made during a July 22, 2019, segment of her show."
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 06, 2021 04:34PM
I was glad to leave DirectTV/AT&T TV NOW, and those weird channels didn't help keep me around at all.



=wr=
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 06, 2021 05:53PM
Quote
wave rider
I was glad to leave DirectTV/AT&T TV NOW, and those weird channels didn't help keep me around at all.

This revelation might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back with regard to deciding whether I should cancel my DirectTV.



It is what it is.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: October 06, 2021 06:00PM
Would love to dump att landline, mobile and internet service but they are the only game in town in the rural area where I live. With mediocre service and high prices.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: October 06, 2021 06:17PM
Quote
Buzz
I wonder how many AT&T mobile and TV customers are gonna switch?

I sure would.
==

Waiting to see how my work supplied phone on T-Mobile works in my area.
Heard in the past that they has spotty service near me, admittedly that was before
the merger with Sprint.

Dave



Welcome to Dave's BBQ!

Many have eaten here....

Few have died
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 06, 2021 07:57PM
If this is true - I'll await more information than count on a single article - then it will be our move to tmobile.

We have 5 AT&T lines, but 5 unlocked phones that can all work fine on Tmobile.

Need to confirm my sister has decent Tmobile coverage, then we are gone.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: one is the loneliest number?!....the pro-Trump 'One America News' funded by AT&T....
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 06, 2021 08:27PM
Im all in on ATT, phones, FiOS, DTV -- and its great.

This news doesn't thrill me in the least... interesting to see the fallout. But I'm also not considering leaving or switching.





Edited 999 time(s). Last edit at 12:08PM by jdc.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login

Online Users

Guests: 126
Record Number of Users: 186 on February 20, 2020
Record Number of Guests: 5122 on October 03, 2020