Mort Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, told Newsmax Friday that he believes there is "a hint, at least, of antisemitism and Israel-bashing" in DirecTV's decision to cut Newsmax's signal two weeks ago.
"We're really, really concerned about this political bias and this immoral act because Newsmax is one of the few stations that regularly has positive, accurate stories about Israel and the Arab-Islamist war against the Jewish state [and] about antisemitism that's rising dramatically in America," Klein said during an appearance on Newsmax's "National Report." "Newsmax repeatedly has stories about this, unlike the other stations, which have far fewer.
"They've had stories on the truth of President [Joe] Biden's appointments to posts that affect Israel," he continued. "In fact, every single one of those appointments is someone hostile to Israel. So we think that there was a hint, at least, of antisemitism and Israel-bashing in this action to remove Newsmax, this important news outlet. And we wonder if there's pressure from the White House or [former President Barack] Obama or others to affect DirecTV's removal."
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DirecTV, which reported profits last year of $2.7 billion, deplatformed Newsmax on Jan. 24 in what the company claimed was a "cost-cutting" measure. That was the same reason given when it removed conservative OAN last April.
DirecTV has claimed Newsmax was demanding "excessive fees" that would cost them "tens of millions" of dollars.
Newsmax has denied these claims, saying it was seeking a fee of about $1 per cable subscriber per year, among the lowest fees requested in cable, and that the total amount of the deal was a fraction of "tens of millions."
Klein said he was "proud" to be one of several dozen Jewish leaders who signed a letter to AT&T and DirecTV "condemning" them for "removing two center-right media outlets, including Newsmax, but none of the 22 left-wing outlets."
"They're not being removed, even though most of them have lower ratings than Newsmax," he said. "This cancel culture, this abandonment of free speech is un-American. We urge everyone to be in touch with DirecTV and AT&T and urge them to reinstate Newsmax and the other conservative stations and threaten to cancel their subscriptions to DirecTV unless they do this. This cannot be tolerated in the United States of America."
When asked how Newsmax's coverage of Israel compares to other news channels, Klein said there was a noticeable difference.
"Other stations have almost no stories of importance to the pro-Israel Evangelical Christian Jewish community; and that's why such prominent Jewish leaders as [former] Sen. Joe Lieberman [I-Conn.], Alan Dershowitz [and former] Ambassador David Friedman have joined me in signing this letter demanding that DirecTV stop this bigoted, politically biased action: because we need Newsmax," he said.
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