(PresidentialWire.com)- In an effort to no doubt force One America News off the air, Reuters has published the first in a two-part hit-job against the fledgling network.
The nosy Parkers at Reuters scoured court records and discovered that AT&T has played a big role in both the creation and funding of OAN – a network which Reuters claims “continues to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Oh, yeah. This is bound to be a fair and balanced report.
Reuters explains that, in a 2019 deposition, OAN founder and CEO Robert Herring Sr. testified that the inspiration to launch One America News back in 2019 came from AT&T executives. Herring explained in his deposition that these executives wanted a conservative network other than Fox. When these execs expressed this to Herring, he “jumped to it and built one.”
Reuters explains that AT&T has “been a crucial source of funds” to One America News – pumping tens of millions of dollars into the network. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue, Reuters reports, came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including the satellite service DirecTV.
You can see what Reuters is trying to do here, of course.
In this day and age when targeted harassment of advertisers and corporations which fund right-leaning organizations is the order of the day, Reuters decided to paint a target on AT&T so left-wing agitators and advocacy groups can launch a campaign to get it to pull its funding of OAN.
Just in case that wasn’t clear, Reuters makes sure to link One American News to the January 6 “insurrection” at the Capitol, as well election fraud “conspiracy theories” and Dominion Voting System’s lawsuits against Mike Lindell, Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell.
Responding to the report, AT&T told Reuters that it has never had any financial interest in One America News, nor does it “fund” the network.
Reuters then tries to show some nefarious connection between One America News and former President Donald Trump who, they explain, frequently promoted the network on Twitter. In fact, Reuters dutifully reported that Trump plugged OAN to his 88 million Twitter followers “at least 120 times.”
Reuters then quotes John Watson, a journalism professor from American University who specializes in ethics and media law. Watson contends that, despite OAN’s relatively small audience, it still poses a threat.
“If you have 12 Americans being fed a diet of untruth, that’s 12 too many – and here, it’s literally millions,” Watson told Reuters.
Then Watson gets to the nub of the matter, telling Reuters that in a country where elections are so tight that only a few percentage points can swing things, having OAN with its “poisonous influence” out there could swing an election in a direction Watson and Reuters don’t like.