Satellite Censorship?

Signage for the Newsmax on display at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting on May 28, 2022. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Satellite television provider DirecTV dropped conservative news network Newsmax at midnight Wednesday, sparking complaints of cancel culture and censorship. Is it?

Newsmax cries censorship.

Newsmax has accused the satellite provider of deplatforming the channel for political reasons, now roughly a year after DirecTV dropped One America News Network (OAN)—another right-leaning news channel that grew in prominence during Donald Trump’s presidency. 

Newsmax has long trafficked in 2020 election denialism. In 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed defamation lawsuits against both Newsmax and OAN, accusing both of damaging the electronic voting machine’s reputation by claiming it helped rig the 2020 presidential election in President Joe Biden’s favor.

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