On Monday, 16 civil-rights, human-rights and media-justice organizations called on the top executives at @AT&T and @DIRECTV to cut business ties with @One America News Network, the propaganda channel responsible for spreading anti-democratic disinformation, promoting COVID-19 conspiracy theories and fueling racism. In a letter addressed to AT&T CEO John T. Stankey and DIRECTV CEO Bill Morrow, the groups write that the companies’ support of OANN directly undermines their public commitments to race equity. The letter also notes that both AT&T and DIRECTV bear responsibility for providing the channel with a nationwide TV platform to spread election lies and deadly health disinformation. The letter reads, “We call on DIRECTV to stop carrying OANN and for AT&T to do everything in its power to denounce and remove OANN from its lucrative platform.” Queer News Tonight previously reported that AT&T helped plan and fund the creation of the network.
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