This week Donald Trump’s ultra-rightist media echo chamber suffered a crushing blow. One America News Network was informed by DirecTV that its contract would not be renewed when it expires in April. That is a devastating development because DirecTV is OAN’s biggest source of both audience and revenue.
There is considerable cause to believe that OAN cannot survive without DirecTV’s patronage. The channel would not have even existed but for DirecTV’s former parent corporation AT&T bankrolling the shameless Trump-fluffers at OAN.
However, as time went on, maintaining a relationship with the struggling network has become more of a financial risk than benefit. OAN is currently being sued by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic software for propagating Trump’s lies about election fraud. Separately, they are being sued by two former Georgia election workers who are victims of Trump’s election deceptions that were prominently pushed by OAN.
It was inevitable that Trump would feel compelled to wax hysterical about the OAN debacle. After all, it is the TV home of his official spokes-shill, Liz Harrington, who makes nearly daily appearances, like this one. So the day after the DirecTV announcement, Trump took the opportunity to lash out at his cult rally in Arizona, praising OAN and confessing that “I watch it all the time,” and laughably that “You really get the truth.” Plus, it’s cute that this slobbering endorsement of OAN is being aired by Newsmax, as can be seen in the video below:
“All I can tell you is that the people that are telling the truth in America, like One America News (OAN), are being threatened. Does everybody like One America? I love One America. By the way, these cameras, you know they’re back there, they’re covering this, they don’t like hearing this stuff. Do you see the red lights? They go off one after another as soon as I’s gonna mention CNN and how bad their ratings are. You see the CNN camera go off.”
Trump’s fairy tale about camera lights going off is one of his standard lines at these rallies. And of course, it is utterly fictional. But his gushing affinity for OAN is the real thing. There is nothing that Trump likes better than moon-eyed TV hacks drenching him with adoration. But he was just getting started. He continued:
“But you know what? One America News has done a great job. And here’s the story, what just happened. The woke executives, I don’t know what the hell they’re doing. They have so much debt. AT&T is a company that is in serious trouble. And they need AT&T, and AT&T is saying that they may no longer agree to carry this network that’s doing very well. You know why? Because people told them not to do it. So maybe what we should do is not use AT&T.”
Trump’s goto insult against any enterprise that he dislikes is that they are failing, no matter how successful they are. Conversely, he builds up those he favors, such as his saying here that OAN is “doing very well.” They aren’t, and never have been. However, Trump is, once again, demonstrating his ignorance by attacking AT&T, which no longer owns DirecTV. Consequently, AT&T had nothing to do with DirecTV’s decision to cut ties with OAN.
Nevertheless, Trump is urging his cult disciples to boycott AT&T. Although he goes about it in a typically bizarre, Trumpian manner wherein he rants that “I’m not gonna use the word ‘boycott.’ I will not say ‘Boycott AT&T,'” in his passively aggressive voice that clearly indicates his desire to provoke a boycott.
The good news is that Trump is an increasingly impotent character who can’t even influence the behavior of his most devoted and glassy-eyed fans. He has called for a boycott of AT&T in the past, without any discernible impact. The same goes for his unheeded decree to quit Twitter. He is, in fact, the undisputed King of Cancel Culture, attempting to incite boycotts against numerous other companies that he has deemed enemies. The only problem for him is that no one appears to be listening, and none of his targets have suffered in the slightest. So sad!
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Trump alludes to One America News Network getting dropped by DirecTV and laments that the channel is "threatened" by "the woke executives" at AT&T. He goes on to suggest people should boycott AT&T. pic.twitter.com/0lho5yV0g0
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13 thoughts on “Poor Baby: Trump Throws Tantrum at Rally Over DirecTV Dropping OAN, His Favorite Propaganda Channel”
“Woke”…weird thing that it’s supposedly a bad thing to be. “Woke”, as in, “I awoke to reality”?
Or, “I finally woke to the truth & stopped believing the lies he’d been telling me.”
Why is it considered bad to be “woke”? I don’t understand.
More people need to be “woke up” & quickly!
Sunny, to be “woke” to Trump is to be alert to what Trump is. A socio-psychopath whose con artist whose ways help him pocket more money. We can only hope that Trump’s personal PAC , “Save America” wakes up to this.
Sunny, amongst zombies it’s a very bad thing to be awake. They’d see how stupiod and ugly they are.
Ok ~ so woke, as in eyes open, IS a GOOD thing!
Then we surely need to wake their ugly butts up!! B4 they vote for those liars, thieves & anti-democracy, UNAmerican thugs with the (R) after their names! They need to open their dam* eyes & see the ugly truth, cuz’ their bad choices will hurt us all, like not vaccinating/masking has. They too, will suffer when tyrants take over, but too dim to know that now — later is too late!
You bring up a salient point about tyrants, Sunny: sooner or later, they all turn on their own supporters, often in decidedly brutal fashion. Think Stalin with his mass starvation of peasants and purge of the Red Army, think Hitler with his Night of the Long Knives, when he literally butchered the Brownshirt private army of his erstwhile lieutenant, Ernst Rohm. Hitler’s particularly apropos when looking at the GOP, because Hitler was backed by the wealthy conservative German establishment; the industrialists and politicians thought they could control him once he was in power. Big mistake.
Damn Retrumplican assbites have twisted so many words/phrases to mean opposite …good is bad…bad is good. It’s like in “Alice Through The Looking Glass” ~ a scary story indeed!
“Woke”. “CRT”. Wonder what they THINK it means?? Oh wait, they can’t think about anything ~ GOP Rule #1 is now, “Close your mind & Open your wallet”.
The wealthy. The hater/racists. The gun-loving militia types (who THINK they’ll get to keep their guns after fascist authoritarians they vote for are in power).
Only the wealthiest ones will be happy in 10yrs time — the rich always being able to leave if/whenever they choose, so never, ever suffer with us common folks. Their only problem is not enuff of them to vote their paid-for Party into Office. They have to trick a whole lotta’ gullible/dumb regular folks into doing what’s against their own best interest.
“Dejá vu!!?” Didn’t they do that crap with the Tea Party?
I recall all those protests by “Tea Party” (even the name was calculated). Major protests over idea to tax ONLY people making $250,000 & up for programs needed to help regular working class & poor Americans. Yet, I scoured the crowds & saw NO ONE who’d have to actually PAY that tax! Instead, saw only people who were more likely to benefit from it. What I did NOT see in those crowds of angry people yelling, was any rich people! ($250,000 was alot of money back then.)
The wealthy will never be found protesting ~ that’s “beneath them”. They will however, pay consultants & organizers & will pay to have protesters bussed in to protest for them. The wealthy don’t have the numbers to represent majority & garner sympathy ~ need to have people protesting that regular folks can see & relate to.
At that time, long ago, I was confused why people who weren’t gonna pay this tax & would benefit, were against it?? That’s when I started paying more attention to politics, gov’t. Began really looking into such things. Guess it’s when my eyes began to open? Was never dumb, just hated politics (still do!) & thought I didn’t need to know about that bullshit, that media & others would keep gov’t “in check”. I’d just study/vote in elections.
The “end of my innocence.”
Even Trump should be able to understand that AT&T did what they did for economic reasons. The number of customers who threatened to switch to other carriers represented more revenue than OANN was bringing in. The number of potential former customers exceeded the number of people who watched that non-news station.
It’s simply “good business ractice” & badic economics, right? Bottom line & all that jazz.
Trump’s supposedly a businessman ~ so he should understand that. Ha! His real “business” is being a conman, grifter, slimeball & cheat!
How did Trump become a millionaire? He started with a $billion$.
I just did a channel check on my Directv here in Texas and found that they
HAVE NOT yet removed OANN from their line-up.
DirecTV is not renewing OAN’s contract which expires in April. So you’ve got a couple of months more to go.
Thanks for the update, I had thought that the removal was immediate, because
of the way TFG was reacting.
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