Tucker: ‘Democrats in Congress are working to shut down a TV network that criticized them’

In the version of “our democracy” espoused by Democrats, criticism of the party’s extremism won’t be tolerated and must be stomped out, even when it comes to television networks.

A top target in the Democratic party’s war on the First Amendment is One America News Network (OANN) and Tucker Carlson sat down with reporter Dan Ball who detailed the left-wing authoritarian party’s efforts to silence the conservative news network.

“Democrats in Congress are working to shut down a TV network that criticized them. That’s illegal but it’s happening,” Carlson said, sharing the interview of Episode 1oo of “Tucker on X” which is arguably the most important show in America.

“The people in power don’t want to be criticized. And in a so-called democratic system, they don’t want voters to know that they’re liars and incompetent. So they shut down anyone who tells the truth about them or who spreads a message they don’t care for. It’s just abuse of power. It never changes,” Carlson said, pointing out that those in power have always sought to censor their opponents.

Ball discussed how the network was targeted for termination with extreme prejudice by Democrats in Congress over its reporting on forbidden topics including questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and the laptop belonging to presidential son Hunter Biden which contained a treasure trove of illicit activities, not the least of which being graphic sexual content.

“So that’s when it really started. Okay. They looked at us and went, oh my God, these guys are going to interfere with the election because we’re spinning truth to power. We’re telling you this laptop is real. The big guy is Joe Biden, he’s taking 10 percent. He’s used his family and his influence to make millions to enrich himself. Well, they didn’t like that very much,” Ball told Tucker, pinpointing where the problems began.

“No. And then of course, COVID. We’re in the middle of COVID. We busted through the narrative of ‘the masks aren’t working.’ When Joe took over and he told him to get the vaccine, he was talking about that winter of death and everything,” he continued. “We were talking about the irregularities you’d see with the vaccine when it comes to side effects and deaths, they didn’t like that. So it was kind of cascading downward from a Hunter Biden laptop story to COVID coverage. And then we had the 2020 election, okay. And we had people on, of course, discussing irregularities in the election. They didn’t like any of that.”

“So it started several ways. YouTube demonetized us. I mean, every time we put a story about COVID masks, distancing, the laptop boom, taken down, 30-day suspension, 60 days, or just try to kill the whole account,” Ball recalled. And then all of a sudden letters came out. I think about 21 or 22 and somebody can correct me if I’m wrong on the date. But you had a letter and I think I gave it to your producers. There was a letter from four Democrat senators and two California Congress folks, Democrats, who sent letters to not only all of the satellite and cable carriers, but also to advertisers. And they used that little thing from Newsguard, which I heard you talk about Newsguard in that ESG rating and pyramid system.”

“It’s just a CIA operation to shut down the truth,” Carlson said of Newsguard, a particularly aggressive censorship organization.

“They told them to get rid of — and your old network was named — Fox, NewsMax, and OAN. Now who’s the smallest on that totem pole? We are. So they came after us. They scared away advertisers, they got us kicked off multiple carriers — Frontier, Verizon, DirectTV, everything because the Democrats sent these letters,” he said, referring to the letters sent by lawmakers to pressure outlets to censor OANN.

Ball was referring to the letters sent by California Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney who pressured AT&T, Verizon, Roku, Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Charter, DISH, Cox, Altice, Hulu, and Google parent Alphabet, according to Politico

“What moral or ethical principles (including those related to journalistic integrity, violence, medical information, and public health) do you apply in deciding which channels to carry or when to take adverse actions against a channel?” the Democrats wrote, asking the carriers if they were “planning to continue carrying Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN.”

Pressure worked and OANN was dropped from carriers in 2022, including Verizon which the New York Times described as a “death blow” to a “dependable Trump promoter,” in a story celebrating the move.

“I think that we’re going to win. I think we’re going to survive. I think that we’re on the right side of history. I think that and I know the family and myself very religious. We’re putting it in God’s hands,” Ball said later in the interview.

Chris Donaldson

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