Media and entertainment companies have been throwing their weight around for a long time to try to shut competitors out.
Quick story…in 1987 there were two major competing wrestling promotions in the United States, the WWF, and Jim Crockett Promotions. Crockett was going to hold a pay per view event on Thanksgiving Night, and when the WWF caught wind of this, they came up with a show of their own and told cable systems that if they didn’t carry their show instead of the Crockett program that they couldn’t carry the next year’s Wrestlemania.
So, if you think that a TV channel telling a cable operator to do something or they don’t get their sweet, sweet product is a new thing…you are sadly mistaken. However, you don’t expect to see it from news channels.
So, you’re an American news network and you’re pretty used to that First Amendment provision which guarantees ‘freedom of the press.’
After all, that provision is your entire business model, basically.
Well, that, and being good at what you do — meaning being accurate, honest, truthful, complete, fair, etc.
Suddenly, your network begins to pick up some steam and gain viewers even as your competitors, who are also using that same First Amendment provision as their primary business model, are losing viewers.
What’s your response? TAKE AWAY that provision from your competitors!
That is, if you’re a Nazi or a Stalinist authoritarian who is in bed with statists in power.
Yes, America….This is CNN.
Breitbart News’ John Nolte reports:
After spending five years attempting to claim President Trump stole the 2016 election, after five years of pushing the Russia Collusion Hoax, after five years of promoting and encouraging violence against Trump and his supporters, the far-left CNN is now demanding that its competition at OAN and Newsmax TV be blacklisted.
CNNLOL isn’t bothering to hide its McCarthysim anymore. CNNLOL is straight-up calling for the big cable TV companies to rip OAN and Newsmax TV off of their bundles, to no longer make either network available to their customers. And after the cable companies agree to do this (and they will), CNNLOL will go after every streaming outlet that carries OAN and Newsmax, and on and on and on…
Nolte goes on to point out that eight years ago, during the nightmarish reign of the most scandal-plagued president in history, Barack “I’ll Spy on You If You’re a Republican” Obama, he warned about CNN’s encroaching McCarthyism but was mocked.
Oh, Nolte? Yeah, he wasn’t done:
Listen, you can whine about CNNLOL and how unfair it all is and how biased and all the double standards and boo hoo and boo hoo and boo f**king hoo all the live long day, or those who have the ability and power to do so, can get to work building our own thing.
Those are our only options. Build your own thing or be forever silenced. I guess there’s a third option. You can do what Fox News did and sell out. There’s always that…