One America News Network (OANN) recently received confirmation that its contract with satellite television company DirecTV was not being renewed. When he received word that the carrier was dropping the conservative network favorable to President Donald Trump, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) responded by publicly calling for a boycott of the provider.
A DirecTV spokesperson said that after a “routine internal review,” the provider would not plan on entering into a new contract at the expiration of its current agreement with OANN.
Sen. Paul responded by posting on Twitter that he canceled his contract for services at his home with DirectTV and asked his followers, “Why give money to people who hate us?” Paul’s tweet has received more than 64,000 likes and 13,000 retweets.
OANN’s contract with DirecTV expires in April, and the decision not to renew made by their largest distributor is sure to be devastating to the news outlet. After the 2020 election, many supporters of President Trump turned away from media giant Fox News in favor of OANN and Newsmax.
Fox News Channel maintains its position as the top-rated cable news channel. Rival CNN has seen a steep drop in its place among media outlets since President Trump left office and the rioting at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
Fox News Channel began the year as the nation’s top primary cable network, moving past ESPN into the lead position. The network averaged 1.4 million total viewers during the first week of this month. The channel has consecutively drawn more viewers than CNN and MSNBC over the last 21 weeks. Since last January, CNN has seen its average viewership fall from 2.7 million viewers to 548,000.
In addition to OANN, DirecTV announced that it is also dropping its sister network, A Wealth of Entertainment. Both networks are subsidiary properties of Herring Networks.