r/news 8d ago Faith In Humanity Restored 1 Bravo! 1 Table Slap 1 Silver 8 Helpful 9 Wholesome 7 Take My Money 1

DirecTV to sever ties with OAN and drop the right-wing conspiracy channel later this year

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/14/media/oan-directv/index.html
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u/plenebo 8d ago

AT&T fund one America news apparently

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u/EyeLike2Watch 8d ago

If only they had used all that government money to give me decent internet instead of "100 Mbps" garbage

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u/unique-name-9035768 7d ago

Actually....

I believe the phrasing is:

up to 100 Mbps.

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u/Rion23 7d ago

No no no, it will definately get that fast for the first week or two and then they dial it back.

Industry secrets.

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u/GoatRocketeer 7d ago

I live on a farm (not a farmer), I got 3.

Free lettuce and apples tho

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u/brallipop 7d ago Wholesome hehehehe

Free lettuce and apples tho

Then you already got Fiber!

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u/Peakomegaflare 7d ago

I live in a fucking city and get 3.

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u/dnp3 8d ago

And owns CNN, who posted this article

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u/ihopkid 8d ago

Although technically CNN, part of WarnerMedia, will be owned by Discovery by middle of this year

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u/PM_ME_THEM_UPTOPS 8d ago

I need an ELI5 of this deal. Who's going to be John Oliver's new business daddy?

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u/fafalij 8d ago

HBO is a subsidiary of Warner so I assume the answer is Discovery

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u/ihopkid 8d ago

In May 2021 Att agreed to spin off WarnerMedia and sell it to Discovery. Just a bit ago it was approved by regulators, so it should be set to be completed by mid 2022. John Oliver’s new business daddy will be Discovery INC, the people that make Animal Planet and the Food network! Another group of rich assholes, but on the bright side, at least they’re not AT&T!

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u/GlacierWolf8Bit 7d ago

At least John Oliver can say that he's officially owned by the same company as Guy Fieri and monkey shit.

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u/ihopkid 7d ago

Hell yeah, crossovers when??

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u/HoneyDidYouRemember 7d ago

Trying and failing to find Flavourtown has been a centuries long quest for the British.

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u/HonorInDefeat 7d ago

Sun Never Sets on the Flavour Empire

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u/Stratty88 8d ago

And DirectTV. Weird.

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u/Hrekires 8d ago Silver

I watched OAN once before knowing what it was, and my god even like 5 years ago it was the most banana crazypants thing I'd ever seen

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u/twiz__ 8d ago

even like 5 years ago

5 years ago was just after Trump got into office... OAN(N) was on his dick before he got elected.

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u/Dallas1229 7d ago

I remember back in the early 2000s my relative had Rush Limbaugh on all the time and he often talked about Trumps takes on current politics and how lucky we would be if he decided to run and fix our country.

Im honestly amazed at how smart some people believe Trump is. Not even trying to say he is stupid, I am just honestly shocked how far some people are willing to support this dude despite years of showing he willingly does the wrong thing to keep attention on himself.

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u/k2_electric_boogaloo 7d ago Helpful hehehehe

About 3 years ago I went on a sales call (insurance--dark times for me) with my boss. He was driving and asked if I listened to Rush, and I was like yeah, man, for sure.

Anyway, after about two minutes of some sort of odd tirade about how women and queers are destroying the American family with their liberal educations, I started to suspect that there had been some sort of miscommunication. For a second I considered not rocking the boat but I had to ask him to change the station. It was the first time in my life pop country was an upgrade in any situation.

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u/SeaworthinessLeft88 7d ago

Oh man, when you’re expecting the holy triumvirate and some prog rock and just get right wing racism and extremism instead.

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u/Minion_of_Cthulhu 7d ago

and just get right wing racism and extremism instead.

For a certain portion of the population, that's music to their ears.

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u/WalkThisWhey 7d ago

“Hmmm Geddy Lee has really gone off the deep end”

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u/LonelyMachines 7d ago Gold

It turns out Red Barchetta is actually a true story about how Neal Peart prevented electric cars from destroying the American auto industry by waging an epic drum battle against giant Canadian robots.

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u/GrandmaPoopCorn 7d ago Bravo Grande!

This is not the Spirit of Radio I was hoping for...

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u/gimmepizzaslow 7d ago

This comment deserves the limelight

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u/IObscenityInThyMilk 7d ago

The universal dream?

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u/WarLordBob68 7d ago

Wrong Tom Sawyer, huh? 🤣

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u/2pacalypso 7d ago

No Tom Sawyer, but lots of N-word, Jim.

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u/Less-Contract-1136 7d ago

My old boss blocked me me from getting out of my parking spot after an awards lunch to talk politics. He was a big prepper and Trump supporter. Worst 20 minutes ever!

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u/Dervival 7d ago

Wow, that's incredibly unprofessional of him.

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u/Brentnc 7d ago

Yeah I’ve had the horrid experience of having to suffer through right wing radio while riding with co-workers. The politics and lies are awful but they are just so angry and negative all the time. So toxic.

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u/Flippanitus 7d ago

I’ve recently had the horror of listening to right wing Christian youtube conspiracies that a coworker played on the way to a job site that was an hour away. Everything liberals do is somehow connected to revelations and the end times according to them. I had never been so happy to get to a job site and work after that long dreadful ride

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u/san_serifs 7d ago

Were you thinking Tom Sawyer and got Pill Popping Bigot?

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u/mvallas1073 7d ago

I’ve realized long ago it’s not that people think he’s smart. They’re lying when they say that - and I mean lying to themselves more than to the world. The truth is they live that he validated their own personal awfulness (mysoginy, racism, paranoia, selfish greed, narcissism, bullying of others, ect).

When they say “he’s smart”, they’re really saying “I’m finally proven smarter than everyone else who calls me awful because this guy approves the way I think and act”

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u/FlattenInnerTube 7d ago

This this this. Fucking hell, this. Their Mango Messiah made it ok for them to step out from behind their veneer and to let their awfulness blow free, to blame brown people, queers and, above all, educated people for their shitty existence. The wealthy that love Trump are with him not just for his overall shittiness but for the BigGrift that they profit from with Trump.

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u/The-Copilot 7d ago

Scapegoating on groups of people is basically the cornerstone of fascism. People also eat it up because it means they aren't responsible for anything wrong. Its all the fault of that group of people.

The reason this is so effective on the right and not the left is because the right is more of a single entity, they aren't as divided as the left. Also the right is heavily religious and is used to blaming things as being out of their control and something else's fault. The devil causes all bad things and God will fix all bad things, so they don't have to worry.

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u/protexter 7d ago

Totally accurate. Remember when trump was a big longtime Democratic donor who palled around with the Clintons? His flip flopping on political philosophies is opportunistic, almost predatory.

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u/BravesBro 8d ago Wholesome Rocket Like

I walked in on my dad watching OAN a few years ago and only heard a few seconds and was like what the fuck is this shit. I then did some research on it, found out what it is, and formulated a plan. It didn't take much to convince him, a lifelong conservative, to try another news channel thankfully. In the last election, he voted (D) for the first time in his life.

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u/nohpex 8d ago

What was your plan, how'd it go, and how long did it all take?

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u/mmortal03 8d ago Silver

Whatever /u/BravesBro did, it also broke the curse on Georgia sports.

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u/Sympac 8d ago edited 7d ago

This is true. By voting in 2 democrats in the Senate a partial curse has been lifted from Georgia, however it may come back if Stacy Abrams loses and Warnock are not elected. Stay vigilant Georgians unless you want to go back into sports purgatory. My rational has no basis in science but I’m pretty sure its accurate.

PS: poster pointed out her name is Stacy Abrams. Sorry for the oversight.

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u/Heyec 8d ago

Things are looking bad, the Hawks are imploding right now. I am already checking to make sure I'm registered to vote. I need my teams winning again.

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u/hamsamiches 8d ago

Needs to do it again so the Falcons can pull their heads from their asses next year. It felt good so see the Dawgs whoop on Bama finally.

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u/its__alright 8d ago

I'll upvote any mention of the braves world series win!

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u/PM_ME_UR_TATIS 8d ago

Don't forget about Georgia's national championship win

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u/canadianguy77 8d ago

The fastest way I’ve seen is to delete the channel from the guide. Sometimes they figure it out and sometimes they don’t.

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u/Sword_Thain 7d ago

And then set the child-lock.

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u/cornbreadbiscuit 7d ago

What are you trying to do, give them a heart attack? They're drug addicts for baseless outrage porn.

If we had reasonable communications standards, it would be illegal to tell people to drink bleach, eat horse paste, and not vaccinate during a pandemic. Alas, idiots and death cults get to hold the megaphone too. #fAiR n BaLaNcEd!

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u/Sword_Thain 7d ago

I think a real failure of the Democrats was not to push for a "No Fake News" bill after 45 was elected. Go for things that would, on the surface, seem to be even-keeled but were targeted for Conservative news. Couple of examples I thought of:

  • Shows must declare if they are news or opinion shows. The entire show, so no alternating segments.
  • News shows must give on-air corrections and a near-similar time if they broadcast provable falsehoods.
  • Opinion shows cannot use news-tickers on screen. Also, the word "news" cannot appear on screen, even if it is the channel's name.

Worded and pushed correctly it could have worked.

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u/CheezeyCheeze 8d ago

Wait you can delete channels from the Guide?

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u/Sergisimo1 8d ago

If I remember cable tv correctly, you can create a custom guide and include whatever channels you want on there. At least for the tv service I used to work for.

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u/AllYrLivesBelongToUS 8d ago

I think s/he means de-list it from your own channel listing. You know, like when you set up a TV, you use it's scan function to find all the channels available.. and then you just manually remove ones that you don't want to be displayed when you use the Next Channel button on your remote. Or it could be that s/he is saying they use the Parental channel lock feature to password block channels.

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u/BravesBro 8d ago

It was easy as I explained below. My parents were so turned off by Trump that me telling my dad that the channel was to the right of even FOX News made him turn it off.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

You're lucky your family even realizes Fox is right-wing.

Too many idiots believe they're the center.

(Or after moving to NewsMax or OAN, the left.)

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u/makeitlouder 7d ago Starry

Anyone else notice this outbreak out just-pushing-extremism right-wing news channels/streams/channels in the U.S.? And further suspect a foreign nation of financing much of it?

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u/AkuLives 7d ago Helpful

Not that likely, foreign powers don't need to do what rich Americans already do: own media companies and tell them what to do.

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u/theHoffenfuhrer 8d ago

Wait that fair and unbalanced thing was a lie? /s

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u/HolycommentMattman 8d ago

Too many idiots believe they're the center.

Man, you don't even know. My best friend is a pretty die-hard Trumper, and the brainwashing is so real.

Like he was talking to me the other day and talking about the coming elections, and he was saying how so many people are leaving California, which means that Democrats are leaving the party and becoming Republicans.

And he was so absolutely convinced of this. Saying that they are tired of illegals crossing the border, Biden's poor vaccine response, Biden coming for their guns, etc, etc. And it was like I was living in a crazy world for a minute.

Because I'm actually a Republican, but goddamn, I know tons of Democrats, and literally none of them worry about these things. They're interested in universal health care, tax reform, abortion, and progressive issues.

Like I know he's drinking the Kool-aid, but I had no idea it was that bad.

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u/laseralex 7d ago

Because I'm actually a Republican, but goddamn, I know tons of Democrats, and literally none of them worry about these things. They're interested in universal health care, tax reform, abortion, and progressive issues.

And those are things that you aren't interested in, as a self-proclaimed Republican?

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u/disgustandhorror 7d ago edited 7d ago

From my experience deep in a red state, even 'moderate' Republicans who disavow the Trump cult don't give a shit about any of that. They seem to mostly care about guns, abortion, immigrants, and culture war stuff that makes Tucker Carlson make that face, you know the one

edit: I didn't even notice until now but abortion was actually on both of our lists so there's that.

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u/TheAsp 7d ago

I did not need to picture that face this early in the morning.

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u/Hardass_McBadCop 7d ago

Like the sound Thud had a face.

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u/aDrunkWithAgun 7d ago

Ironically Trump actually did ban something with guns ( bumpstocks) and Biden as far as I know hasn't done anything close other than crack down on ghost guns

Both are were good calls

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u/TykoBrahe 7d ago

"They're interested in universal health care, tax reform, abortion, and progressive issues."

Just curious- do you like our stance on these issues? I feel like we push for these things and ideals, and Republicans just run on sheer hatred. OAN, Fox News... Like, I regularly feel attacked by Republicans, because Tucker Carlson tells them to hate me. Is there ever a point where you're like- oh, maybe I should not be with the party that attacked the Capitol on January 6th

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u/COMPUTER1313 8d ago

That reminds me of a college roommate who told me that they believed Fox News was "too liberal". This was back in 2016 or so, before it became obvious that Trump was going be selected by the Republican Party.

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u/McCainDestroysTrump 8d ago

You lucky bastard. :( My dad is indoctrinated by Fox News, yet he knew what Trump was in the primaries of 2016 and called him a “dishonest huckster.” Months later when Trump was the nominee he said “Trump never lies, he only exaggerates”. :(

I had to break off contact with all my family because of their sickening devotion to Trump for the sake of my well being. Then my dad got cancer and I tried to reconnect, but it hasn’t felt good as I tried to explain how horrible these last years have been because of him but my dad downplayed Trump traumatizing presidency as both sides are bad crap and we agreed to not talk about politics and I didn’t want to press it because of the cancer.....but man.....sigh.....shit sucks.....

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u/WolfOfWestside 7d ago

That’s really sad my dude. The fear that’s instilled into some people by these networks should be criminal. It’s all a set up as a distraction; and unfortunately has caused/will cause a wave of massive mental health issues. Make well with your family bro.

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u/Mazon_Del 8d ago edited 7d ago

A family member of mine is a lawyer, and a pretty good one. And one part of that is that he is a stickler for decorum in proper settings. You don't just act like a clown in the courtroom (without a specific point behind it anyway). Similarly, when it's the other lawyer's turn to speak you abide by the specific delineated ways that you can interrupt and no further. He's also a die hard republican.

The thing that caused him to refuse to vote in the last election was watching Trump at the debating podium. It literally left him in a spitting fury for about three days afterwards whenever he thought about it. He absolutely believes Biden would have been right to say "Fuck you, shut your damn mouth." and also "Debate rules bedamned, your mic is off now." from the moderator.

He can never bring himself to vote for a Democrat, but he'll never vote for R again as long as it supports candidates that act that way.

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u/Cuchullion 7d ago

Fuck you, shut your damn mouth

"Will you shut up, man."

Biden channeling the collective will of the nation in that moment.

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u/cornbreadbiscuit 7d ago

act that way like a jackass.

​ spitting fury for about three days

Odd how he wasn't annoyed by the 4 previous years of bullshit or pussy grabbing. I wish he was a stickler in other settings. Conservatives are weird.

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u/Amasin_Spoderman 8d ago edited 7d ago

My dad likes that it’s to the right of Fox.

So I’m more or less fucked.

Edit: a word

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u/LazySyllabub7578 8d ago

Your lucky you were able to save your dad. Many families are torn apart from this Q lunacy. I heard a large number of capital insurrectionists we're turned in by their own family. Don't know if that's true or not. Could be talking out of my ass.

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u/nsci2ece 8d ago

https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/z3n3m8/guy-reffitt-capitol-rioter-family-torn-apart

Definitely at least a few.

Others were turned in by matches on dating apps after they bragged about their presence there.

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u/Phreakiture 8d ago

If any of my family were involved in that shit, I would have absolutely turned them in.

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u/cannonfunk 8d ago

Yeah, no hesitation whatsoever.

I got my fam's back, but sedition/treason/terrorism is waaaaay past where I'd draw the line.

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u/Tastingo 8d ago edited 7d ago

There are parents of the Sandy Hook Parkland massacre survivors that insist that their on children are crisis actors. Q-anon seriously did a number on the US.

edit: corrected the massacre in question.

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u/thepatient 7d ago

Source? That's maybe the most bananas thing I've heard

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u/Tastingo 7d ago

I'm sorry, it was the Parkland shooting, but yes it's one of the crazies things ever. People are way to online.

There was a thread about it on /r/QAnonCasualties

https://www.reddit.com/r/QAnonCasualties/comments/onq9ig/i_survived_the_stoneman_douglas_school_shooting/

Vice picked it up and did an article on it.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gmgy/redditor-im-a-parkland-survivor-but-my-qanon-dad-thinks-it-was-a-hoax

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u/Mister_Bloodvessel 7d ago

I hadn't heard about this. That is so fucked up...

This really is a cult, and should be treated as such and publicly called such by the media.

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u/thepatient 7d ago

Thanks for correction and delivering on the source!

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u/Raw_Venus 8d ago

Tell is how you did it.

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u/BravesBro 8d ago

Honestly, Trump did it more than anything. The "grab them by their pussies" thing was all it took to lose my mom forever. After my mom turned, it was only a matter of time before my dad followed.

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u/ejfrodo 8d ago

My mom said "it's just locker room talk". To which I asked "do you think your son or husband talk like that in the locker room?". It just didn't compute, like I never even said it. For some ppl it's just impossible to convince them that they've fallen for a villain because that's too much to admit to.

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u/Azmoten 8d ago edited 8d ago

It just didn’t compute

Man, this hits home. I’ve had numerous discussions with my mom. I’ve pointed out the time Trump mocked a disabled reporter; her eldest son, my brother, is disabled. I’ve shown her when Trump made the “I prefer soldiers that don’t get captured” comment; her father was a POW of the Nazis in WWII. I’ve shown her articles about when Trump shared a video on Twitter that said “the only good democrat is a dead democrat;” I, her youngest child, have been a registered democrat since I was 18.

So Trump thinks her eldest child and her father deserve mockery, and that her youngest child should die. None of it seems to matter. She keeps supporting him, and keeps putting Trump signs in the yard.

I’ve also listed my criticisms of Biden to her, because even though I vote democrat, I can criticize my own party. Then I challenged her to say even one criticism of Trump. She is unable to. Even after I had those other conversations with her.

I’m left to conclude that it’s a fucking cult.

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u/Squirrel009 7d ago

My dad always asks why I love Biden so much when I correct his covid disinformation on Facebook and I've gotten tired of listing all the things I don't like about Biden and how I would not have voted for him if trump weren't such a disaster. He never listens and just asks again a few weeks later. He's like an NPC, he's only able to say his pre programmed lines from Fox/Newsmax/OAN and anything else causes his brain to get static and reset the dialogue prompt.

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u/ejfrodo 8d ago

I've come to terms with the fact that it's simply not about truth and because of that it's legit impossible to convince some ppl otherwise. It's like arguing God doesn't exist to someone who believes, you're just being a fool for making the argument at that point because obviously you won't convince them. For myself it's best to just give up and never talk about politics.

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u/virtual_star 8d ago

"You can't reason someone out of something they didn't reason themselves into."

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u/Amasin_Spoderman 8d ago

I’ve gotten really good at changing the subject, but my dad is even better at making any conversation political.

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u/ejfrodo 8d ago

Yup a discussion about my dog's veterinary care is apparently a good segue to how liberals are ruining America lol. It's bonkers. No topic of conversation is safe.

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u/jcpianiste 7d ago

I was talking to my dad, a fellow programmer, about the log4j vulnerability, and somehow he thought that was a great segue to start an argument about the vaccine mandate. Sigh...

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u/say592 7d ago

One of the guys at work is like that. I just try to keep out of the conversation. Every now and then I will hear them say something that is so messed up that I have to chime in. Usually I regret it, even if it is the right thing to do.

It's amazing how much they lack self awareness though. Today this group of coworkers, all who are 60+, were talking about retirement and healthcare and that kind of thing. They were all convinced that social security would be worthless and medicare too expensive. Like uh, hello, the same party that you hate is the one trying to fix some of that. The ones you like don't seem to care much about it or are making it worse. Then that one guy said something about how the state he is moving to when he retires has a website where you can buy insurance. I couldn't resist and added "Oh yeah, an Obamacare ACA marketplace, that's good!" And immediately "No, no, no this has nothing to do with Obamacare. Trump repealed that! This is run by the state." Fine. I ask what the website is, and he starts looking on his phone, as do I. That state does not have their own marketplace. It's healthcare.gov. I pull it up and show him "Is it healthcare.gov?" And he looks and says "Oh yeah, that's it". Like dude, come on. If Trump had actually repealed the ACA, that market wouldn't be there, at least not with the cheap subsidies you are hoping to utilize. But I had to hold my tongue.

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u/WildStyleMethod 8d ago

"So they finally got that community radio off the ground, I was tuned into it this morning."

"Yeah?"

"Yeah, they had [county DA] on, talking about the violence going on downtown lately."

"Oh yeah, that's Liberal radio for ya."

Drop conversation and shake head.

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u/WildStyleMethod 8d ago

Absolutely right. It's a complete waste of energy to even engage. There is no telling them anything they don't want to hear. It bounces off them like they're made of fucking teflon. It's really really hard not to just scream that they're absolute senile dipshits at the top of my lungs some days but that would mean they automatically win. Because anybody that doesn't think the same things they do is an enemy, and all they care about is owning(pissing off) the [libs, marxists, dems, socialists, ad nauseum...] even if it means fucking themselves over to do it. So...I just kind of silently wait for the day they croak.

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u/TavisNamara 8d ago

I’m left to conclude that it’s a fucking cult.

That's because it definitely is a cult. The exact words of definitions may be phrased a little differently than "usual", but it's all there.

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u/say592 8d ago

My mom said something like "Well I don't really care about his personal life, that is between him and God. I'm more concerned about his policies." (Which she liked). I wanted to scream "Bitch, you were one of those people commenting on Obama wearing a tan suit and wanting a specific mustard. Since when have you ever cared about policy?"

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u/6thReplacementMonkey 7d ago

That's when you ask "which policies do you like?" and watch them try to justify institutionalized racism.

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u/McCainDestroysTrump 7d ago

Right wing media has made shameless hypocrites out of a large section of our populace. If you try to point it out they angrily gaslight you.

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u/McCainDestroysTrump 8d ago

That talking point may have been true had there not been 27+ accusers of sexual harassment, assault and rape. At that point it was a damn confession of assault and cheating on his wife.

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u/ritchie70 8d ago

My mom told me “oh all men are like that. Except for you and [her dad.] You two are special.”

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u/Haunting-Ad788 8d ago

It’s so disgusting how many people supported him after that.

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u/DerekB52 8d ago

I had a friend the other day tell me she doesn't like some of Pete Davidson's comedy, because it's too misogynistic. Bitch voted for Trump in 2016. She was only 19 at the time though, and she's come around. But, I still don't understand how a teenage girl would be able to vote for Trump after the access hollywood tape. Or anything.

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u/ses1989 8d ago

Don't forget mocking the disabled reporter.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

When you're pandering to bullies, that looks good.

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u/Officer412-L 8d ago

The cruelty is the point.

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u/SalaciousSausage 8d ago

Remember that classic line “They’re not hurting the right people”? Cruelty is pretty damn accurate

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

There's a reason when going to see the immigrants and asylum speakers that Trump's wife wore a jacked that says "I don't care, do you?".

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u/twiz__ 8d ago

The "grab them by their pussies" thing was all it took to lose my mom forever.

Sadly, she was just one of a handful out of the millions who it DIDN'T stop.

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u/Environctr24556dr5 8d ago Helpful

It's bizarre that AT&T is so closely tied to OAN and why it was even allowed to be a thing on mainstream television for as long as it has been.

Think about it, if OAN didn't offer bat shit crazy stories and qanon level lizard people celebrities eating babies style coverage perhaps unsuspecting victims of this mass hysteria culture wouldn't be so toxic and misinformed and perhaps there would be less violence and attacks and protests etc.

Back in the 1950's a show called the Gray Ghost was a black and white tv show that only appeared for one season before it was cancelled and banned because the main character was a surviving Confederate soldier who became a vigilante on horseback, hunted people down like a bounty hunter...

America has had quite a decade full of this type of ridiculous and dangerous story telling, not to mention the stranger and stranger ties / links between Scientology and Evangelical Christians and Insurrectionists breaking into the Capitol to pray? What do people like that watch? OAN and 8chan and Fox News. . . oh and the most insane made up fiction on Youtube. Let's not forget the banned and flagged Facebook pages of course.

Cancel Culture is not about canceling shit like OAN because OAN is speaking the truth but quite the opposite, Cancel Culture is supposed to target the most toxic and harmful shit out there to keep the American people united and working together peacefully. Seeing as how Cancel Culture works both ways it reminds me of two symbols duking it out: one a symbol of honesty and separation of church and state and equality, the other corner we have Alien Jesus and the holy trinity of thetan spirits from planet Arcturus whose special star children are meant to cleanse the earth of demons and attack as a mob with pitchforks chase innocent unsuspecting victims down streets and do whatever they can to create a real life version of the Purge movies.

The last thing we need are places for these people to crowd together and convince each other be convinced by a shiny bright pastor or influencer what to do next where to go, what crazy wacked out 15th century garbage to buy into next.

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u/Nut_based_spread 7d ago

Don’t use the words framed by disingenuous racists as your own. “Cancel” “culture” is a meaningless non-thing. “No one will hire me after I screamed racial slurs about Mexicans” is called common sense and reason; you only claim “cancel culture” when you’re a crying baby in the back who got time out for being a racist sack of garbage.

Don’t use their propaganda words.

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u/GBE-Sosa 7d ago

It’s funny because cancel culture is an extension of the free market, which is like the most American thing ever

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u/Scyhaz 8d ago

A company I interned at a few years ago had OAN on in the cafeteria during lunch, it as pretty disgusting. Apparently they used to have Fox News on before that, not like that's much better though.

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u/InsertCoinForCredit 8d ago

I would be looking for another job if I ran into that.

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u/Scyhaz 8d ago

Good thing it was just a summer internship

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u/Enygma_6 7d ago

In my office the break room TV usually has a news channel of some sort on: CNN, MSNBC, BBC, FOX, or a 6-way split screen with those, ESPN, and some other rando channel. If given the chance I always switch away from Fox (or at least the audio if in split screen mode) usually to a weather channel or something neutral. There’s normally nobody hanging around watching it anyway, so no reason to subject my ears to garbage when I’m getting something to drink.

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u/CatDaddy09 7d ago

I was like "oh cool, a new news network"

Ten minutes later... "What the fuck?"

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u/spacemoses 8d ago

I actually saw OAN in the wild at a diner in Florida when I was visiting. I didn't think people actually watched it non-ironically.

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u/jcrespo21 7d ago

The first time I saw OAN was in the waiting room at a US Customs and Border Protection office for a Global Entry interview/confirmation. They were less known at the time and I had to look up who they were while I waited for my appointment. Definitely made me more nervous for it (but thankfully got approved for GE).

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u/cannonfunk 8d ago

Florida

There's your problem.

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u/Hardass_McBadCop 8d ago

Didn't AT&T pay to make OAN, though? Or am I thinking of a different network? If not, why are they so embarrassed with what their money bought?

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u/MorganWick 7d ago

Once it came out that they'd helped create OAN and were helping keep it afloat, it became a stain on their business.

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u/terra_cascadia 8d ago

DirecTV also carries a Scientology channel. Not that those ties can be severed as easily.

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u/PsychologicalAd496 8d ago Platinum Wholesome Starry

They're also saying by the end of 2022 Corncob TV won't be available on your tv menu, they're saying coffin flop isn't a show!

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u/malaise_forever 8d ago

They're saying they're gonna drop Corncob TV because we showed over 400 naked bodies on our show Coffin Flop!

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u/Swing_Right 7d ago

We're allowed to show em nude because they ain't got no soul

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u/greasy_t 8d ago

The folks over at Spectrum think I’m just some dumb HICK! They told me that at a dinner!

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u/themagicdave 8d ago

There’s worse shit on the evening news!

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u/loucall 8d ago

It's a conspiracy. There is no way that many naked bodies are falling out of coffins every day.

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u/This_Woosel 8d ago

Just body after body bustin' out of shit wood and hittin' pavement

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u/tidu 8d ago

I don’t know what to tell you bud.

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u/PsychologicalAd496 8d ago

They're saying it's rigged, I didn't do fucking shit, I didn't do shit!

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u/SocksElGato 8d ago

I've been waiting a long time for a hit on Corncob TV, I didn't fucking do this!

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u/SmileLikeAphexTwin 7d ago

We're allowed to show them nude because they ain't got no souls!

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u/Tc9yJl8DJL 7d ago

This world's fuckin' so fucked up.

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u/Log_Log_Log 7d ago

I don't even wanna be around anymore.

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u/Jestocost4 8d ago

They said that to me at a dinner!

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u/Weirdseth 7d ago

Were you trying to get a taste of their burger?

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u/TheOneWhoMixes 8d ago

I really wish I could explain the appeal of this show. Like, it's the type of humor that's consistently almost annoying, and if you think about it too hard it is annoying. But if you just let yourself have a good time, it's really funny in its absurdity.

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u/MisallocatedRacism 8d ago

This is a reference to a great Netflix show, I Think You Should Leave.

Great intro clip here: https://youtu.be/R2vejhdm8lo

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u/ngmcs8203 7d ago

This is the link you wanted: https://youtu.be/0Rn5QdO07d8

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u/mrlnbean 7d ago

I want you to know I bought coins to give you that plat award, long live Tim Robinson! 😍💕

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u/whitematch 7d ago

OAN isn’t really news. It’s transparently biased news-editorialism wrapped in 2nd grade language. I’m a right-leaning person and even I can see that it’s pretty low-level programming. Anyone defending OAN should have some self-respect and find something more cognitively stimulating to absorb.

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u/Paxoro 8d ago

DirecTV (and parent AT&T) are responsible for the rise of OAN so this is too little too late. They don't get credit for cutting ties with something they created.

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u/joenforcer 8d ago edited 8d ago

DirecTV is no longer owned by AT&T. It was acquired and then spun off, so I'd argue DTV really had nothing to do with it directly. Carrying it is a problem, but was probably only done when it was under AT&T control and its now being dropped with carrier agreements expiring and not being renewed.

All this info is in OP's article.

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u/Paxoro 8d ago

Re-read the article I linked. DirecTV was directly responsible for OAN being founded. They were the first TV service to carry OAN, they legitimized the channel and helped it get going. OAN's founders have stated this in public before.

OAN and DirecTV had an auto-renewing annual carriage agreement, which is unheard of for a channel that's not owned by the same company as the service.

This is squarely on DirecTV and their parent company at the time, AT&T. They are the reason OAN and companies like NEWSMAX have been able to take over.

Plus, AT&T just spun off DirecTV in mid-2021.

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u/cannonfunk 8d ago

They are the reason OAN and companies like NEWSMAX have been able to take over.

They also carry the scientology channel, which absolutely blows my mind.

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u/MorganWick 7d ago

Satellite services are particularly popular in rural areas that are too expensive to run cable to but the cost of putting up a dish is the same everywhere. You can imagine how popular right-wing and religious channels are there.

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u/CSI_Tech_Dept 7d ago

It must be tough to realize that they can't profit because everyone hates them.

They basically ruined DirecTV and were on track to do the same with HBO. While I liked HBO I couldn't make myself be a customer of AT&T, especially due to their greed they took it off from Dish. I guess now I might be considering of getting it back.

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u/Falcon3492 8d ago All-Seeing Upvote Big Brain Time

I watched OAN once on a bet with a friend who told me if I wanted to see real news I had to watch OAN. The bet was I had to watch OAN and he had to watch CNN and each of us had to tape the show and then fact check each story, get back together and go over each story covered that night. The winner had to buy the other a steak dinner. We both watched the channel required and did our homework and then got together to compare findings. I won, not one story carried on OAN was factual and my friend found that CNN was accurate in reporting their stories that night something like 65% of the time. Sadly it didn't do anything to show him that he was watching fake news and could get real news by switching channels because he told me he would still watch OAN because he liked the fact that their news fit his beliefs. Oh, well you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink!

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u/Roanhouse 8d ago

i couldn’t be friends with someone like that

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u/TheAngriestBoy 8d ago

Agreed. To agree to a logical competition of sorts, get to the end, lose miserably, but then say 'yea but...I like the news that lies to me in the way I want them to?' Go fuck yourself, we can't be friends if you're that stupid.

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u/spin_me_again 8d ago

It’s not news, it’s angry story time and that’s all they want from OAN.

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u/eaglebtc 7d ago

It's like the Two Minutes' Hate from 1984, except it took a Viagra, stayed angry more than four hours, and didn't see a doctor after.

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u/BaronVA 7d ago

The entire point of right wing news is to get so angry you can't watch it anymore for the night

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u/SharkAttackOmNom 8d ago

Goalposts man... To change their ways would imply that they were doing the wrong thing for months (years?)

Can’t have any of that loser talk. Gotta change the criteria to fit my comfortable bubble…

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u/TheWagonBaron 8d ago

Goalposts man... To change their ways would imply that they were doing the wrong thing for months (years?)

We really have to convince these fucking morons that there's nothing wrong with this. Hell it's how we teach children to be better. Failure leads to introspection leads to improvement. If I had a friend like this, I'd be treating them like one of my goddamn kindergarten students. I hear less stupid shit from my students then I do from conservative pundits and the idiots they have on their shows.

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u/SharkAttackOmNom 7d ago Gold

My basic psych understanding is that on the “hierarchy of needs” they are stuck between “belonging” and “esteem”. In seeking belonging they have latched onto an alt right movement, this moves them up to needing self esteem. To attack this source of belonging diminishes the self esteem. For them to actually acknowledge it would destroy their self esteem, and leave them without a sense of belonging.

So how do we fix it? Try to replace the alt right movement as their source of belonging. Coax them away from the toxicity and build the esteem outside of it. Later on, you could chip away at the bad bits and maybe they would even admit, yeah I was an idiot back then. The difference is that now they have something more preferable to define themselves by.

The problem? It asks us, the opposition, to be more tolerant than even they would be, in a hope that some sort of bridge can be built. We would have to be much more accommodating than we think they deserve. But that’s why we’re here. Politics have divided us so intensely that we won’t speak to a neighbor because a cardboard sign in their yard, even if that neighbor has so much more to offer the world.

/hippie.

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u/Rooboy66 7d ago

You sound like my 75 year old Berkeley mom. I, myself, am a recovering Libertarian. Nowadays I wish the House were full of Pramila Jagapals

Edit: Jayapals. She is just incredibly optimistic and principled

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u/NJdevil202 8d ago

Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words...If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past.

Jean-Paul Sartre

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u/BetterThanAFoon 8d ago All-Seeing Upvote

I dumped a few friends this year that are this way. It's liberating.

I'm not even a "left leaning commie". I'm a centrist traitor that's either a blue dog democrat, rino, or country club republica...... but I can't stand talking with people that would rather parrot angry editorials rather than critically think about what they're absorbing through media outlets.

Guy that works for me today was all up in arms about Biden's speech on voter rights and called him a liar. I told him the reason some people in Georgia are particularly angry is because the new voter law seems designed to counteract grassroots movements that are bringing new voters to the table. He was mad that the new voters vote Blue rather than Red. And I said exactly. Couple the new voting law with the closing of polling places, purging voters, and making it harder to register and you have something that looks like something worth looking into. I said you flip the script and the GOP would lose their mind but right now all they can do is try their damnedest to keep the state from flipping. I said if they're afraid of being voted out maybe they should think about changing policies that wouldn't lose voters.....ended with agree to disagree. He said every argument you'd hear on Tucker Carlson, OAN, etc. Thin. So very thin and easy to punch a hole through.

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u/FuckingKilljoy 8d ago

Ever noticed how often "agree to disagree" is basically just "I'm totally out of arguments, but there's no fucking way I'm admitting you're right"?

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u/ElectionAssistance 7d ago

This is exactly what it is.

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u/JuanPabloElSegundo 7d ago

I got called a dirty cnn-watching liberal solely based on that I got vaccinated.

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u/CatDaddy09 7d ago

I have cut people out of my life for the same reason. If you can't use logic in every day life i can't trust you to be on even remotely the same page.

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u/kylemclaren7 8d ago

Same. Willfully ignorant is a trait I can’t tolerate in my life.

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u/Im_A_Nidiot 8d ago

Cognitive dissonance is a bitch. I bet the thing that was mostly driving his actions was not to find the more accurate news source, but it was to prove you wrong. He failed to prove you wrong, but because he never planned on switching news sources anyways, it’s unsurprising that he didn’t switch.

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u/Falcon3492 8d ago

You hit it on the head. He was sure he was going to win and when I showed him he was watching basically fake news, he wasn't fazed in the least.

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u/minepose98 8d ago

Damn, 65% is actually pretty awful too. TV news really sucks.

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u/10dollarbagel 8d ago

As tallied by an OAN enjoyer

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u/Falcon3492 8d ago

OAN's 0% was what was really awful. It was nothing but a propaganda station.

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u/mister_mammoth 7d ago

It (and others) are radicalization tools. It’s a national security risk letting them operate

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u/OpWillDlvr 7d ago

Newsmax next. That's almost more dangerous because they pretend to be unbiased.

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u/naslam74 7d ago

The first time I saw OAN I thought it was literally a comedy spoof of conservative news. It’s amazing people are stupid enough to take that seriously.

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u/Blasphemous666 8d ago

Fortunately most sane people severed ties with Directv 10+ years ago.

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u/joenforcer 8d ago

DirecTV wasn't really too bad 10+ years ago. Rates were reasonable for the channel selection, and customer service bent over backwards to keep customers and make them happy. "Not happy that the rates went up? No problem, here's the promo rate for another year. How about we also give you NFL Sunday Ticket this season for free? How about three months of a premium channel for free, do you want HBO or Cinemax? Don't forget to call in if you want to keep it, it won't renew automatically!"

Most people had to deal with Charter or Comcast as the alternative, so DirecTV was awesome in comparison! Of course everything changed with the AT&T acquisition and it never recovered despite being spun off. It's a shame.

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u/acatnamedem 8d ago

Legit question. Was oan the channel that was found to be mostly funded by a cable company or am I mixing it up with another "news" channel? I remember one of them was but most of those insanely bad channels run together for me.

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u/PlaneStill6 8d ago

OAN was set up at AT&T’s request, to have another “conservative” news outlet.

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-oneamerica-att/

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u/acatnamedem 8d ago

Thank you kind stranger. I had thought it was the case but started doubting my self. Kept thinking could have been Newsmax. Full disclosure never watched either.

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u/kthulhu666 8d ago

"Herring has testified he was offered $250 million for OAN in 2019. Without the DirecTV deal, the accountant said under oath, the network’s value “would be zero.”"

Good news, everyone!

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u/Ravenscroft1969 7d ago

It’s not a conservative channel. It’s a Republican fan-fiction, fantasy, conspiracy theory channel. There’s a difference.

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u/Lurkerphobia 8d ago

That's a good start. Next do newsmax and fox and have all satellite and cable companies join in also.

Maybe in 6 months when the outrage detox wears off we can have rational conversations with people again.

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u/jofizzm 8d ago

Hell, I say do it to any "news" network that prioritizes opinion driven outrage, versus dissemination of factual information.

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u/Lurkerphobia 8d ago

I could deal with that too. I watch my local news and maybe the national news at 530 and that's it.

Think my blood pressure has dropped considerably.

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u/Bottom_Wobbles 8d ago

I stopped watching CNN due to the lack of news and constant stream of opinion pieces.

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u/scr33ner 8d ago

Sorry mate, Fox news will never get pulled. They’re a ratings juggernaut.

Even if you get Newsmax off, you still have Sinclair Broadcast Group.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_Broadcast_Group?wprov=sfti1

Truly vile propaganda.

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u/t3sture 8d ago

Why did they agree in the first place?

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u/SheriffComey 8d ago

Oh no...so anyway I found out a bit of white vinegar in your dishwasher rinse compartment makes a good drying agent in a pinch.

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u/MenachemSchmuel 8d ago

Maybe it depends on the machine, but I know the manual for mine says not to do that because it can degrade the rubber seals

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u/Jackoffedalltrades 8d ago

Does that leave your kitchen smelling excessively vinegary?

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u/farshnikord 8d ago edited 5d ago

I super hate the smell of vinegar more than most physically painful sensations and I hate how useful/necessary it is for household cleaning.

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u/wrinklyweenus 8d ago

At&t is all-in on OAN still. Remember to drop AT&T if you can.

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u/JoeyJoeJoeSenior 8d ago

More details please. I didn't know at&t had any connection to OAN. Now I'm glad I sold all my stock when they decided to sell hbomax and cut their dividend in half.

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u/didwanttobethatguy 8d ago

My boss switched from Fox to OAN a few years back, mostly he keeps politics out of meetings and discussions, but I’ve noticed it creeping in more and more lately. Today we had a Zoom meeting with a supplier in India and at one point he was telling them how the vaccine isn’t a vaccine since it doesn’t prevent the disease. Ugh.

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u/Harrisburg5150 7d ago

When I'd go to work in the morning at my previous job, OAN would be playing in the break room. I like to sit and drink coffee before starting my shift, so I was kinda forced into watching it. The first couple times I watched, I assumed it was something like The Onion. I googled it and realized what it was, essentially a Fox News clone but on steroids. It was entertaining in the way that /r/Cringetopia is

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u/ophello 7d ago

OAN can die for all I care. What a horrifying propaganda machine.

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u/Rogue-Squadron 7d ago

I turned it on just to see what kind of shit they broadcast and it literally looks like what North Korean State TV would be if it was American

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