AT&T "told us they wanted a conservative network." A Reuters report released today, "How AT&T Helped Create the Far Right in One America News," said the telecom giant played a key role in creating and financing OAN, a network that continues to spread theories. Conspiracies around the 2020 elections and the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
AT&T has absolutely no financial interest in the success of OAN and does not "fund" OAN. When AT&T bought DirecTV, we refused to load OAN on that platform, so OAN sued DirecTV. Four years ago, DirecTV reached a commercial agreement with OAN, like hundreds of other channels, and like OAN, with other TV providers offering their programming. DirecTV offers a variety of programmes, including several news channels that offer different viewpoints but do not program or control the programs on the channels. Any suggestion otherwise is wrong. Reuters described one of the lawsuits as a "former O&T employee working against OAN," apparently referring to a racist case in which San Diego Superior Court jury member Jonathan Harris hired a former employee last year, in which he paid nearly $290,000 in compensation.
A lawsuit scandal sparked AT&T's request to create a "conservative network," Reuters writes:
OAN founder and CEO Robert Hering testified with testimony that inspiration for the launch of OAN in 2013 was taken from directors AT&T executives. "They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven more on the other side [on the left]. When they said that, I just jumped in there and made one."
Since then, AT&T lawsuits have shown to be an important source of current funding for OAN, generating tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Ninety percent of OAN's revenue comes from a contract with AT&T television operating systems, including the DirecTV satellite station, according to an OAN accountant's testimony in 2020. "OAN's influence increased in late 2015, when it began covering Trump's rallies live," Reuters wrote. At a time when some media still saw the famous New York businessman as one of the long-time contenders for the presidency." "The network continues to gain Trump's attention and often provides a friendly platform for his Republican allies. Trump, as president, has often asked his supporters to watch OAN." ad
Herring Claims quid pro quo
Another lawsuit cited by Reuters is Herring Networks v. AT&T. The case was filed in the US District Court for Central California in March 2016 and dismissed in March 2017 at the request of the parties. The lawsuit alleges that AT&T misled Herring about its intent for the U-versy TV platform. "When the parties negotiated and agreed, AT&T convinced Herring that U-vers TV - AT&T's new television distribution service - would continue to grow and develop. But, unbeknownst to Herring, AT&T decided that DirecTV" on the contrary, for example, moved customers AT&T TV to the DirecTV system.”
The lawsuit alleges that AT&T promised to place Herring channels on DirecTV in exchange for Herring support, and lobbied government regulators in favor of AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV.'s $65 billion "but after it AT&T Herring supported and purchase completed, AT&T failed to deliver on its promise to include Herring channels on DirecTV.
In a May 2016 statement in this case, Herring Networks president Charles Herring described Father Robert Herring's son in an October 2013 meeting with AT&T executives, Aaron Slater and Ryan Smith, who told the court: & T, Randall Stevenson, confirmed: “The channels will become AT&T channels.” To put our networks under the terms of the “contract” between AT&T and DirecTV. AT&T, the parent company of Dallas, Texas, to provide the “contract” to Herring. I accepted Mr. Slater’s offer On behalf of Herring ("the right deal").
AT&T Herring Lounges
In May 2014, AT&T announced an agreement to purchase DirecTV. Shortly after the announcement, Charles Herring visited AT&T's office at Los Angeles He told the court:
At that hearing, Mr. Slater told me that Randall Stevenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, no longer wanted to proceed with the contract...because Mr. Stevenson had not. They want to influence their purchases and negotiations with their DirecTV counterparts, CEO and CEO Mike White.Instead, Stephenson said Stevenson allowed Mr. Slottor to make an offer of Differ for Herring. Slator suggested that if Herring publicly supported AT&T during the acquisition, AT&T would have DirecTV carry Herring Networks after the acquisition.
"Charles agreed to slater's terms," and both parties agreed. DirecTV pays out more than $100 million in licensing over five years. "At AT&T's request and with the consent of the parties, Herring did everything AT&T asked the government to do for the purchase," the lawsuit says. AT&T/DirecTV] In exchange for the Comcast/TWC merger, AT&T "submitted a summary report to the FCC," and "called for AT&T to use OAN news programs for positive clarification." Purchase and support for other issues affecting AT&T's business. “Announcement
A 2016 statement by Charles Hering recounts another meeting he had in October 2014 in the District of Columbia with James Ciccone, AT&T Chief External Affairs and Legislation. Mr. Ciccone told me that he was responsible for ensuring that AT&T successfully completed DirecTV purchase, Mr. Cicconi thanked me for Herring's work in support of the purchase.Mr Slator reiterated what he gave me a few months ago, and Mr. Cicconi confirmed that since Herring has completed his transaction, AT&T will transfer Herring Networks to DirecTV after the purchase.One of its senior executives at AT&T Inc said in Dallas, Texas, has the power to make good on that promise on behalf of AT&T Inc. Put OAN on your channel list for two years. It launched just over two weeks after a federal judge announced a joint requirement to dismiss Herring's lawsuit against AT&T. Litigation was needed when AT&T's DirecTV agreed to pay OAN."Support for the merger was not a condition or part of the content agreement," an AT&T DirecTV spokesperson told Ars today.DirecTV also has a herring network called A Wealth of Entertainment, which was Formerly known as Wealth TV .
The OAN value without DirecTV will be "zero". In August, AT&T shut down its DirecTV service after six years of mismanagement as nearly 10 million customers canceled the company's television service. AT&T still owns 70% of DirecTV, but the satellite provider is now more independent than the parent company. Reuters quoted the court as saying that "the decision to extend the contract [with OAN] after it expires depends on DirecTV." 90 percent of Herring Network's revenue, she said, the company's book value — net worth — is $16.6 million. DirecTV deal, OAN value will be "zero". p>
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