The recent revelation that telecommunications giant AT&T has played a key role in creating and sustaining One America News (OAN), known for its far-right views and allegations of spreading misinformation about the 2020 election, has angered the NAACP.
A statement from the NAACP CEO and President Derrick Johnson He said: “We are outraged to learn that AT&T has been investing millions of dollars in OAN since the network was launched. AT&T has caused irreparable damage to our democracy. Newspapers should inform the American public about the truth, not right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories. ”
The network is an ongoing source of conspiracy theories that falsely claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from a former president. Donald TrumpAs well as misinformation about the COVID-19 epidemic.
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Reuters quoted testimony testimony in 2019 from the founder of OAN Robert Herring Sr., Reported that corporate executives were inspired to launch the network in 2013.
“They told us they wanted a conservative network. There was only one of them, which was Fox News and on the other hand there were seven of them [leftwing] Side. When they said that, I jumped on it and made one, ”Herring testified, according to Reuters.
Since 2013, AT&T has provided millions of dollars to OAN. Herring said AT&T offered him 250 250 million in 2019. The price of OAN will be “zero” without any contract from Direct TV, which is currently 70 per cent owned by AT&T, but was wholly owned by the corporation until February 2021.
A spokesman for AT&T told Reuters Jim Grayer OAN declined to answer questions about the company’s role in financing because of the privacy agreement.
NAACP has criticized AT & T’s statement on corporate diversity, equity and inclusion, saying the company championes those values.
In a NAACP statement, Jackson said, “For a corporation that fuels OAN, a network that continues to spread lies about the 2020 election and the Jan-January uprising, AT&T’s standards can no longer be a functional and flat imitation.”