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Newsmax Boss: AT&T Doesn’t Want Us Reaching Liberals & Independents

“AT&T owns DirecTV, and they removed us from 13 million homes.”

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Deals between cable and satellite television providers and television networks can often be complex and involve negotiations over a variety of factors such as distribution rights, advertising revenue, and programming costs. 

Last month, DirecTV dropped Newsmax from its lineup after a dispute over carrier fees. Newsmax TV often features opinions and perspectives that align with the views of the Republican Party. It has been described as having a “pro-Donald Trump” bias and has been criticized for spreading misinformation. 

NewsMax TV is owned by Newsmax Media, which was founded by Christopher Ruddy. On Sunday, Ruddy joined WLW’s Bill Cunningham to discuss the controversy involving the removal of his network from millions of homes. 

“AT&T owns DirecTV, and they removed us from 13 million homes,” said Ruddy. “This is the second conservative channel they have removed in the past year. You may recall One America News Network (OAN) was removed and that all happened after Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats wrote a letter to AT&T and other cable companies saying why are you keeping OAN, NewsMax, and Fox News, we want them deplatformed for misinformation in the election.” 

The 2020 U.S. Presidential election was marked by a significant amount of misinformation and false information being spread, particularly through social media. This included false claims about voter fraud, manipulated images and videos, and misleading information about the voting process and results. The spread of misinformation was fueled by various factors, including partisan interests, foreign interference, and a proliferation of false news stories on social media platforms.

“It’s very similar to the story that we’re hearing about Twitter where the government worked with the FBI and Twitter to censor and trick conservatives and conservative organizations, it’s a frightening thing that’s taking place in America,” Ruddy said. “We’re fighting back and we’re urging other people to fight back.” 

Ruddy stated that the American public deserves to hear different opinions represented in the media. He said those opinions promote diversity of thought. He also said the media plays a crucial role in shaping public opinion and providing information to the public.

“We are the fourth highest-rated cable news channel,” he said. “Our Nielsen numbers also show that half of our audience is Democrat and independent voters. They don’t like that we’re reaching those folks. Hunter Biden’s laptop, they basically told us that it was Russian disinformation. It’s now confirmed it is his laptop. Newsmax was banned from all sorts of social media, we were not allowed to cover that story. This is a violation of basic Constitutional rights.”

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Norah O’Donnell to Host CBS Evening News From Republican National Convention

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th.

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As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin, CBS Evening News will be on location with Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Milwaukee.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th. On the first two days of the convention, the program will offer extensive coverage of the event with in-depth analysis and also the latest developments of the campaign of President Joe Biden.

O’Donnell will also anchor primetime coverage from 8-11 PM ET as former President Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination for President. Joining O’Donnell in primetime are chief political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS News will feature extension coverage of the event. Tony Dokoupil will be on location for the network’s morning show. Other personnel covering the convention for the network include Weijia Jiang, Major Garrett, Robert Costa, Ed O’Keefe, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Jake Rosen, and Olivia Rinaldi.

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Greg Gutfeld Executive Producer: We Won’t Be Wall-to-Wall Republican National Convention Just Because We’re in Milwaukee

“If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that.”

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Fox News is taking its entire primetime lineup to Milwaukee for the upcoming Republican National Convention. And while Greg Gutfeld will be on location, that doesn’t mean the convention will be the only topic of conversation.

Gutfeld! will air at 11 PM ET — an hour later than its usual time — during the convention to make way for a special news program hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

But the late-night show will be in the Wisconsin city speaking with a panel of usual guests. And with that usual cast of characters means that the content of the program isn’t likely to change from its usual format.

“It’s people who Greg loves and has good chemistry with,” Executive Producer Tom O’Connor told TVNewser. “I don’t think it’ll be wall-to-wall RNC coverage for the whole hour, either. If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that. That’s stuff that Greg always wants to talk about.”

O’Connor added that “It was an easy decision” to move Gutfeld! to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention. He continued by noting that Greg Gutfeld being more comfortable as the host of the show allows for more on-location programs.

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Tucker Carlson Network App Coming to Smart TVs

“Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live.”

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Tucker Carlson has been off TV since his April 2023 ouster from Fox News. That’s about to change with the launch of an app for his Tucker Carlson Network.

In an email to subscribers, the Tucker Carlson Network revealed “Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live. When this app is released, you’ll be able to watch Tucker on your TV at any time.

The Tucker Carlson Network app will join a growing field of smart TV apps in recent months. Nearly every network news outlet has a free, ad-supported TV streaming app with products like NBC News Now, ABC Live, and the recently rebranded CBS News 24/7.

It is unclear if the new app will require a subscription to the network to watch the various video programs being produced by the former cable news host.

Currently, subscriptions to the platform cost $9 monthly or $72 for the entire year.

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