Investigating ‘Weaponization’ of Government, G.O.P. Airs Old Grievances The marquee committee of the new Republican majority opened its first hearing by rehashing complaints about the treatment of former President Donald J. Trump and others. Even Fox News cut away.
The panel heard on Thursday from current and former lawmakers who outlined an array of concerns. Tulsi Gabbard, a former representative from Hawaii who recently left the Democratic Party, complained that Ms. Clinton had smeared her. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, blasted “partisan media and Democratic leadership” for spreading “fake information” about his work conducting Senate investigations. Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, bashed the investigations and impeachments of Mr. Trump.
Former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who left the Democratic Party last year, testified this week against the weaponization of the government against conservatives, and now has come out in a full-throated defense of Newsmax after it was censored by AT&T's DirecTV last month.
"Democracy means not just tolerating opinions we don't like, but actively defending their right to exist," Gabbard tweeted Saturday morning. "By dropping @NEWSMAX this week and OAN last year, AT&Ts DirecTV is actively censoring conservative voices and fueling the fire of divisiveness that is tearing this country apart."
DirecTV has now minimized Newsmax, dropping the right-wing channel from its satellite and streaming services, citing Newsmax’s demands for higher carriage fees as cause to dump it.
“On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,” DirecTV says.
The statement notes that DirecTV customers can still watch the news network for free on Newsmax’s own site, YouTube, and such streaming platforms as Amazon Fire TV and Roku.