Take One America News off Fios
Sen11
Enthusiast - Level 1

I believe in free speech and diverse views,  however tonight I have seen more than several pseudo news stories that are nothing more than conspiracy theories broadcast under an official looking banner. One America News has broadcasted a literal call to arms, telling people to go buy guns because "socialists and leftists " were coming for your rights. Then less than 30 minutes later they broadcast cultist conspiracies and encouraged outright violence.  I realize this is a reaction to the announcement of the new president elect, however it is completely irresponsible and  dangerous in these political times to broadcast these messages so freely and without fact or basis.  Outlets like One America News,  Patriot radio and others need to be pushed back to the fringes. They do the work of foreign detractors. It is not free speech just incendiary speech. 

A patriot is not a man with a gun, but instead people who defend, celebrate and promote the best of our citizens to the rest of the world. All of our citizens! 

It is completely irresponsible to continue to have internet style hate speech broadcast a medium as powerful as television.  Division, hate and violence are not patriotic values and should not be broadcast freely. That is not free speech.

Please move to take down this network. 

It is not the first time they have promoted outrageous stories but it needs to be the last. 

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fountainhead1
Enthusiast - Level 1

This is a free country and Americans have the right to choose which news stations they can watch. CNN and MSNBC are no less propaganda channels than the ones you accuse, yet as a libertarian with conservative leanings you don’t see me petitioning to ban them from view. If you don’t like it, then simply switch the channel 

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LawrenceC
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I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to post your comments and opinions related to this topic. This topic has been thoroughly discussed and will now be closed. Thank you.

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pegtracy123
Enthusiast - Level 1

Verizon will suffer the same results as Disney if the remove OAN.  OANN is one of the only truthful media sources left in the country!!!! 

WG12
Enthusiast - Level 1

Outlets like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and others need to be pushed back to the fringes. They do the work of foreign detractors. It is not free speech just incendiary speech. 

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LuckyLucifer
Newbie

I recently learned that Verizon pays Newsmax and OAN to have them on my FIOS service. Is there a way to drop them without having to leave FIOS TV Service entirely? 

We were slowly exploring alternatives to cable service but learned that Verizon's cable service pays these right wing propaganda channels. I'd prefer not helping them. Do I have any options within Verizon or is it all or none? Thanks.

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CarefreeSFO
Newbie

Maybe its time to apply more financial pressure to Verizon.

I for one will never support them until they stop funding these FAKE news sites like OANN and NewsMax.

Thats an easy thing to do. Once Verizon HEARS our united voices they will wake up and smell the corporate coffee..

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KB810
Enthusiast - Level 1

Oan Newsmax are the truth. CNN MSNBC fake news. They are WOKE!! I’ll cancel Fios and stream with someone else and watch the shows of my choice. So my answer is obv a big fat NO!

Nukeman1
Enthusiast - Level 3

Look at the inflation rate, the gas prices and the southern boarder. They are in the worst shape I have ever seen. The media , like Cnn and Msnbc were all over Trump for wanting to control the southern boarder and now things are 10x worst and no mention is made in our nightly reports. Channels like NewsMax and One America News are our only hope, if only people would listen. 

Karma_Chameleon

When will you join Direct TV & remove One America News, OAN & Newsmax from your line up?  Also, when will you begin to offer the previously discussed option of having an A La Carte channel choice?  

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CRobGauth
Community Leader
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Contracts with the content providers pretty much limit the ability to offer a la carte.

They say if you want this popular channel, you have to take one or more of these smaller channels.

garysb1
Enthusiast - Level 3

I have no interest in One America , Newsmax, and Fox News. However I wouldn't want to block those interested from seeing them . I wish there were a way to keep my money from going to pay for them but that is not possible . I just block them on my TV and forget about them.

cupcakezealot
Enthusiast - Level 1

Why is this marked solved when the "solution" is from a 1 post user who joined just six months ago and does nothing but insult the other posters?

It's absurd that Newsmax and OANN are still on FIOS - especially while they're contributing and providing aid and comfort to Russia as they commit genocide on the Ukrainian people. 

Highly considering cancelling my service because of this.

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dslr595148
Community Leader
Community Leader

@cupcakezealot wrote:

It's absurd that Newsmax and OANN are still on FIOS - especially while they're contributing and providing aid and comfort to Russia as they commit genocide on the Ukrainian people. 


I agree and I disagree at the same time.

Agreement: They should be suspended due to what Russia is doing to the the Ukrainian people.

Disagreement: Freedom of speach. Only after the suspension ends - If you do not like what they say, do not watch it.

Rob11372
Enthusiast - Level 1

Verizon needs to follow the lead of DirectTV and delist OAN, Newsmax and RT  These platforms are propagandist bullhorns spewing falsehoods and false equivalency, and spreading deadly disinformation about vaccines which is leading directly to increased social cost of the pandemic, and needless deaths.   

NMT1970MC
Enthusiast - Level 1

“Just change the channel” isn’t the answer to the big problem of wanting to drop fox news, oan, newsmax tv, & fox business! Our funds are going to these undesirable channels that give absolutely NOTHING to viewers, like myself, that do not subscribe to LIES & the REAL fake news being spread throughout those channels listed above on a daily basis!


I want more than some generic answer  of “just change the channel”! As a long time customer of Verizon, I believe it’s time for Verizon to respond to this growing topic, that will not go away!!! Please respond, Verizon! You owe your customers that much, at least!

CRobGauth
Community Leader
Community Leader

It is possible that OAN pays Verizon to carry their channel.

What would you say if someone that likes OAN says Verizon should drop news you may like?

Business drives what channels we have available.

If there aren't enough viewers to justify the price, channels go away.

clem21
MVP MVP
MVP

@NMT1970MC wrote:

“Just change the channel” isn’t the answer to the big problem of wanting to drop fox news, oan, newsmax tv, & fox business! Our funds are going to these undesirable channels that give absolutely NOTHING to viewers, like myself, that do not subscribe to LIES & the REAL fake news being spread throughout those channels listed above on a daily basis!


I want more than some generic answer  of “just change the channel”! As a long time customer of Verizon, I believe it’s time for Verizon to respond to this growing topic, that will not go away!!! Please respond, Verizon! You owe your customers that much, at least!


As much as people might agree with you, that becomes a slippery slope of censorship that is basically unconstitutional at worst, and unprofitable at best. There are many channels people don't want, but have to take in their packages, one of the reasons so many turned to streaming instead of cable TV. Fios has a mix-and match option but it doesn't get to the kind of granularity you are looking for, so as the man said, just DON'T watch what you don't like. They will get the message at some point when the ratings drop, and profitability with them.

arenateam
Newbie

“”“I believe in free speech and diverse views,  however.”””” 

You need not say more! Hahahahahaha

Lets get real, all Cable News is straight garbage. No one can honestly say, unless you are a masochist, that you enjoy watching MSNBC, Fox, CNN, etc. Talking head actors paid big bucks to scream things  that they don’t even believe themselves. It’s all garbage, all lies both sides. People that watch those channels are sad humans wasting their life. 

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JoseHombros
Enthusiast - Level 1

OAN needs to go or at least it should not be bunched in with News channels because it’s not news at all .. it’s all conspiracy theory and it needs to lose any association with the word news. 
Actually, Fox News is pretty much the same nonsense with a large audience so they need to go too, but that’s more complicated problem. 

Concern2me
Enthusiast - Level 2

Verizon FIOS should not make us pay for One America News Network. My understanding is that Verizon pays OANN about $0.15 per month per subscriber. I’ve tuned in to the channel a few times and every time they have been broadcasting falsehoods and conspiracy theories as “news” not opinions. Even YouTube cut them off for a period. I am not a supporter of broad censorship. However, reasonable, intelligent and responsible people should not have to pay for misinformation. FIOS can carry OANN as a selective premium channel for those few. 

LLark1
Newbie

This is a reasonable solution. I don’t want my subscriber fees to underwrite what I consider fake news that peddles conspiracy theories and worse. If Verizon insists on offering these channels they should take them off their cable packages that we all pay for and offer them as an option. 

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