DirecTV has decided to remove cable news channel Newsmax from its offerings. The decision has been met with backlash from conservative media members, with many claiming the satellite provider was “de-platforming” conservative voices.
On Wednesday, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy appeared on The Howie Carr Show to discuss the situation and claimed DirecTV got exactly what it wanted.
“This is a blow. Their de-platforming of us was more than symbolic. It was vicious,” Ruddy said. “We’ve been on AT&T DirecTV for over five years, never had a real problem. We were up for renewal on our cable agreements — and like a lot of start-up channels — we weren’t paid a license fee.
“You can really only make it in cable with license fees. All the top 100 channels get paid. And we now have a big audience. We’re the fourth-highest cable news channel, top 16 of several hundred channels, and every other cable operator agreed to pay us a very small fee. DirecTV said ‘We’re not gonna pay you a dime. We’re not gonna pay you a penny. We’re paying you nothing.’ Then they wanted half our advertising block and all sorts of crazy stuff, and they understand that basically not having money, they demonetized us, which effectively censors us, and that was the goal.”
Ruddy later claimed the satellite provider offered 22 “liberal-leaning” news channels but said both OAN and Newsmax — which are “right-leaning” — have been “de-platformed” in the last year.
DirecTV reportedly balked at paying Newsmax a carriage fee because the cable outlet streams its programs for free, pointing to its offering on Roku as an example of why it shouldn’t offer the cable channel — which launched in 2014 — a subscriber fee.
“On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” a DirecTV spokesperson said.
The decision by DirecTV has been met with opposition from Congressional Republicans. 42 Republican representatives sent a letter to DirecTV questioning the decision.
“I am sure that DirecTV will claim that removing Newsmax from their lineup of channels was purely a business decision, but that is hard to accept when liberal news channels like Vice Media continue to remain on the air,” the letter authored by Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) and co-signed by 41 others said. “Vice is a ratings failure for DirecTV, yet they continue to profit from their relationship with DirecTV.”
Fox News, Sean Hannity Will Host a Town Hall Event with Donald Trump
The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Former President Donald Trump will again skip the Republican debate, which NewsNation is hosting next week. However, he will still be on television, just in another capacity.
According to Deadline, Trump will participate in a Fox News town hall on Tuesday, one night before the next Republican debate. The event will be in Davenport, IA, at 9 p.m. ET.
Furthermore, Sean Hannity, who is coming off moderating the debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, will be hosting the pre-taped event.
Meanwhile, the other Republican candidates will be at the Frank Moody Music Building in Tuscaloosa, AL, for the debate, with Elizabeth Vargas, Megyn Kelly, and Eliana Johnson serving as moderators.
Nikki Haley, DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy are expected to participate in the event, but it remains uncertain whether Chris Christie will meet the qualifications to attend.
NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo and Dan Abrams Spar Over Mediaite Story
“You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Chris Cuomo stated he’d consider voting for former President Donald Trump because he’s open to voting for anyone. However, he had an issue with Mediaite leaving out key context for his remarks.
“Your outlet, and a lot of other ones, did what you often criticize, which is they didn’t contact me,” Cuomo told Abrams. “They didn’t want context.”
Abrams quickly pushed back, saying that Mediaite did not need to contact him over his comments.
“Wait, why do they need to contact you?” Abrams said. “What is there to contact you about? You said what you said in the interview. It speaks for itself. What do they have to contact you about?”
Cuomo then responded, telling Abrams that any credible reporter would be asking follow-up questions to ensure they had context for the comments.
“When you are going to cover what somebody said, you call if you’re a responsible reporter and say, ‘Hey, did you say this? And what did you mean when you said this?’” Cuomo added.
Again, Abrams defended Mediaite and stated that they did not need to offer follow-up questions to Cuomo’s remarks.
“What do you mean, ‘Did you do this?’ You’re not denying you said it,” Abrams told Cuomo. “You don’t call when someone makes a comment on their show. You don’t have to say, ‘Did you say it?’ You know they said it.”
Tucker Carlson Quietly Steps Down from Board of The Daily Caller
“His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects.”
The Daily Beast reported Thursday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson quietly stepped down from the board of The Daily Caller. Carlson co-founded the media organization in 2011 and has held a chair position for over a decade.
Nonetheless, citing an unreported tax filing, the report notes that Carlson disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2022. Still, the precise timing is unclear.
Carlson did not comment on his removal from the board but attempted to diminish The Daily Beast and the reporter.
“You’re still working for The Daily Beast? How old are you?” Carlson asked.
Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller had kept the news hidden until recently. The nonprofit submitted its annual registration with the state on December 7, 2022, and Carlson’s name appeared as a director.
The nonprofit did not include his name in the annual registration they filed earlier this month. Additionally, on their September 2022 tax return, they omitted to list him as a board member.
Neil Patel, co-founder and chairperson of The Daily Caller, has been serving on the board with Carlson since the beginning. He expressed in a statement to The Daily Beast that Carlson was too busy for his five-hour-a-week board position and had reached his term limit without providing any additional explanation.
“We love Tucker,” the statement said. “He’s our founder. His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects, so we moved him to an honorary role.”