OAN loses final lifeline after Verizon drops the conservative network

One America News Network (OAN) has lost its last major carrier with Verizon announcing that it will drop the conservative network from its channel lineup.

According to Verizon, they failed to reach an agreement on a new contract with OAN, will no longer have the rights to the network after July 31, and will remove the network from its television lineup, according to The Hill.

“The development is a blow to OAN after DirecTV declined to renew its contract with the network in January. Verizon remained its largest distributor after the DirecTV contract expired, but OAN will now be left with more minor carriers,” The Hill reported.

“Our negotiation with OAN has been a typical, business as usual carriage negotiation like those that routinely happen between content distributors and content providers,” Verizon said in a statement, adding that OAN did not agree to “fair terms” in light of economic considerations.

“Our company has long advocated for providing customers with the ability to choose what content they want to watch, and our Fios TV platform offers a wide and diverse choice of programming options, including a la carte options, that strive to meet our millions of customers’ various content needs and preferences,” Verizon added.

Skepticism was the order of the day on the right, who have multiple options when it comes to consuming news:

Still, some on the left appear to be comfortable calling the move what it appears to be — or, at least, what they perceive it to be:


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