GOP Senators Demand Answers From DirectTV After Dropping Newsmax

A group of Republican Senators is demanding answers from streaming cable TV provider DirecTV after it dropped conservative news outlet Newsmax from its lineup. DirectTV claimed it dropped the news outlets to cut costs and avoid paying Newsmax the license fee it demanded.

Senate Republicans are, however, not buying into the explanation over fears that DirectTV dropped the media outlet in an act of political censorship. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) wrote a letter to DirectTV saying that the decision appeared to be the latest example of big business censoring politically disfavored speech at the request of liberal Democrats.

“Congress and the public have a right to know the extent to which DirecTV’s decision to drop Newsmax was politically motivated, including whether the company succumbed to pressure from administration officials or Democrats in Congress,” the GOP senators wrote in the letter.

The senators took aim at DirectTV’s claims of cutting costs while pointing out that the cable TV provider allegedly pays substantial sums to numerous channels that are “politically left-of-center” even when they have far lower ratings than Newsmax.

“… It has been alleged that DirecTV refused to pay any net sums whatsoever to Newsmax — and expressly stated that it never would pay any net sums to Newsmax — even though explicitly liberal stations with substantially fewer viewers were receiving millions of dollars from DirecTV,” the senator said.

The senators also addressed the letter to AT&T and TPG, which owns 70% and 30%, respectively.

According to the Washington Times, the senators are demanding that DirecTV, TPG, and AT&T turn over any communications their employees had with federal, state or local government officials, President Joe Biden’s White House, and the campaign arms of the Democratic Party regarding Newsmax, and One America News Network (OANN), another conservative outlet dropped by News max in 2022.

Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy described the move as “a blatant act of political discrimination and censorship.”

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