(PartiallyPolitics.com) Senate Commerce Committee Chair Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has promised to investigate Big Tech’s censorship of conservatives following the news that Newsmax would be dropped from DirecTV.
On Monday night, Cruz tweeted out that as a Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, he would be opening up an investigation into the censorship that takes place in Big Tech. He added that the focus would be on “accountability, transparency,” and the “efforts to silence conservatives.”
Republicans in Congress are wanting to launch an investigation into DirecTV and its parent company AT&T for censorship over the case of Newsmax.
DirecTV has repeatedly claimed that the reason Newsmax and OAN were cut from its lineup is because of cost-cutting and not because of censorship. They specifically noted that Newsmax had very high fees which could only be supported if the price of their service was increased. They added that this could have affected all the users using their service.
Newsmax denied that that is true and has stated that their subscription fee is about $1 per cable subscriber annually. Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax has stated that this decision has nothing to do with the fees being too excessive.
DirecTV has 22 left-leaning news channels that are still available. These channels still have a license fee and despite their lower ratings are still a part of DirecTV.
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