CNN’s head of media desk Oliver Darcy has launched a campaign of pressure on cable and satellite providers to take the conservative Fox, Newsmax and OAN channels off the air.
Darcy published a large “analysis piece” in which he reports, “We regularly discuss what the tech giants have done, how they have poisoned the public debate by giving large platforms to unscrupulous figures who have lied, misled and promoted conspiracy theories. But what about the big TV companies – the platform providers for Newsmax, One America News – and yes, Fox News? Ultimately, it was these lies they were spreading that helped those supporting President Trump not believe the truth – that he lost in a fair, bona fide election. Yes, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin are responsible for the lies they pumped into their audiences. But the television companies that broadcast those lies to millions of American homes also bear some share of the responsibility.”
Darcy demands that television providers be subjected to at least the same standards of “social responsibility” (in the old days and in less liberal places it was called censorship) as social media. Darcy points out that AT&T (which controls CNN), CenturyLink, and Verizon are providers of One America News, AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Comcast, Charter, and Dish are providers of Newsmax, and all are also providers of Fox News.
Darcy reports that the providers have not provided responses to his inquiries. He is outraged, “Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, at least acknowledge some responsibility for the content they distribute, and they have published very clear rules of online conduct. Why do we expect less from television companies?”