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WV AG believes DirecTV is playing politics with programming

January 27th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday sent a poignant letter to the CEO of DirecTV, raising concerns over the company’s recent cancellation of Newsmax.
“It’s been two years coming that this company was pressured by left-wing lawmakers to silence conservative news channels,” Attorney General Morrisey said, writing in the letter that “while some may object to the views and opinions expressed on Newsmax, the same is true of liberal-leaning channels such as MSNBC.”
It all started two years ago when two members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology sent a letter to DirecTV’s parent company and others urging it to cancel carriage of conservative media outlets.
“Giving in to demands for politically motivated corporate censorship will only breed more demands in the future,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “Neither DirecTV nor the channels it carries should face an ongoing concern over whether programming is acceptable to powerful political elites.”
Newsmax officials have said DirecTV’s decision is based on political bias. They assert it amounts to nothing more but censorship against conservative news organizations.