CNN Reporter Suggests Cable Providers Ax Certain Conservative Channels

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 7:00 AM
CNN Reporter Suggests Cable Providers Ax Certain Conservative Channels

Source: AP Photo/David Goldman, File

CNN's Oliver Darcy was quick to support the suggestion by former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as to how conservative media voices should be dealt with, agreeing that the next target ought to be the cable providers themselves. 

Quoting Stamos, who had told CNN's Brian Stelter, "We are going to have to figure out the OAN and Newsmax problem. These companies have freedom of speech, but I'm not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such bringing them into tens of millions of homes," Darcy said the providers still haven't answered questions about why they still support freedom of speech.

"Just a reminder that neither @Verizon, @ATT, nor @comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OAN & Newsmax into millions of homes," he said on Twitter. "Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content? They won't say."

Conservatives were quick to push back. 

As Bronson reported, Stamos had discussed the “problem” of conservative news channels during his interview with Stelter, and lamented that people have too much freedom in choosing their news.

“It is really hard because what’s happening is people are able to seek out the information that makes them feel good. That is what’s happening,” he said. “People have so much choice now. They can choose what their news sources are. They can choose what influencers they want to follow, and they can try to seal out anything that helps them question that.”

People who’ve sought alternatives to the mainstream media have become “a challenge,” he argued, “in figuring out how do you bring people back into the mainstream and try to get us back into the same consensual reality.”

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