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On Point with Tomi Lahren is a show on One American News Network, which if I'm not mistaken is the network that bragged that they're gonna be to the right of Fox News. So this is like a Tea Party, ultra far-right wing network.
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One America News Network, also abbreviated as OANN or OAN News, is real news[2] a far-right friendly[note 1], pro-Trump, ultraconservative propaganda media outlet founded by Robert Herring Sr., the founder and owner of American Wealth Entertainment.Wikipedia's W.svg OANN was launched on July 4, 2013 and "provides an independent source of credible national and international news around the clock." They are a redundantly self-proclaimed "dependable and reliable source of credible news reporting."[3] Although OANN says that it delivers "just the facts, empowering you to form your own beliefs" and has been praised for their reporting on current events,[4] where they fail at is with political news. Where they promote extreme conservative causes and constant liberal and left-wing smearing and bashing to draw a more conservative to far-right audience.

Media Bias/Fact Check says that OANN has a strong right-wing bias and their factual reporting is mixed.[5]

Misinformation[edit]

Cherry-picking[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Cherry picking

On July 5, 2017, The Washington Post wrote an article concerning OANN. TWP reported about Herring banning stories of polls that didn't show Trump in the lead during his Presidential Campaign. TWP also wrote that the owner of OANN, Robert Herring Sr., "has directed his channel to push Trump's candidacy, scuttle stories about police shootings, encourage anti-abortion stories, minimize coverage of Russian aggression, and steer away from the new president's troubles". TWP said that this report came from more that a dozen current and former workers at OANN, some of whom have spoken out publicly.

We started out with the premise of news straight down the middle. But the bias does reveal itself in the story selection. The owner really felt this was what was needed. He saw the popularity of Trump before almost anybody, and Trump became our bread and butter.
—Cassie Leuffen[6]
We'd have staff meetings on Wednesdays, and Mr. H. would say he wanted more stories from Breitbart, the Drudge Report and other conservative sites. It was his way or no way.
—Christopher Wood[6]

One anchorman told TWP that if they were liberal, they would still be hired, but you had to report conservative stories.[6]

Conspiracy pushing[edit]

Lies about U.K Crime later spread by Trump[edit]

In the morning of October 20, 2017, A segment on OANN had a chyron reading, "Report: U.K. Crime Rises 13% Annually Amid Spread Of Radical Islamic Terror."[7] A few minutes later, this falsity was repeated by Donald Trump in a tweet saying,

Just out report: "United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror." Not good, we must keep America safe!
[8]
This tweet caused outrage with British officials.[9]

Media Matters for America traced Trump's tweet to OANN's early morning segment[10] and Snopes debunked Trump's and OANN's claim. They noted that "The number of arrests relating to 'international terrorism' and the number of terror-related homicides and attempted murder offenses increased in the year ending June 2017; crime as a whole increased by 13 percent." They also noted that these statistics came from the UK's Office of National Statistics' June 2017 Crime Survey of England and Wales, not the UK in general. In addition, the Office of National Statistics included statistics on offenses recorded in a 12-month period and said, "The 13% increase in police recorded crime from the previous year reflects a range of factors including continuing improvements to crime recording and genuine increases in some crime categories, especially in those that are well-recorded."[11]

Smearing Roy Moore's opponents[edit]

During the 2017 Alabama Senate race, OANN wanted Roy Moore to win desperately. That includes pushing conspiracy theories against his opponents. On November 10, The Gateway Pundit started to spread rumors of that The Washington Post offered $1000 to a woman so she could lie about being sexually abused by Moore. Their reference was from a Twitter account named @umpire43 and his supposed real name, Doug Lewis, who they say is a Navy veteran who served for the Secret Service. OANN was one of the many that fell for The Gateway Pundit's bait.[12] It turned out that "Doug Lewis" was a real military veteran named Jason D. Jones that died in 2007 and that the person running @umpire43 was a fraudulent account that was deleted on November 13. Afterwards, The Gateway Pundit's article carried a disclaimer saying, "UPDATE: We have not been able to confirm these allegations by Doug Lewis."[13][14]

Despite this, OANN's attempts to normalize Moore and attack his opponents weren't over. On November 27, 2017, OANN used an article from Breitbart to smear against a victim of Moore for her "violent past". The next day, after playing a commercial praising Moore and calling his sexual allegations false and "a scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment", OANN host of The Daily Ledger, Graham Ledger called Moore's political opponent, Doug Jones, a "real fascist left radical" and "on a constitutional level" cannot be elected.[15]

Syria chemical attack[edit]

April 16, 2018, OANN's Pearson Sharp, claimed that he found "no evidence" for the chemical attacks in Syria.[16] [17] This has attracted some of OANN's pro-Assad, Russian fanboys.[18]

False Bible ban in California[edit]

April 19, Liz Wheeler interviewed California State Assembly member, Travis Allen,Wikipedia's W.svg to talk about California's Assembly Bill 2943. Wheeler and Allen said that the bill's intent was to ban the sale of Bibles.

WHEELER: This is essentially criminalizing religious beliefs. And I don’t mean to speak in hyperbole here, but if this bill were to pass, would this prohibit the sale of the Bible, that teaches these things about sexual morality?
ALLEN: Well, literally, according to how this law is written, yes, it would. This is, you know, PC culture, politically correct culture, gone horribly awry. This is really directly hitting at our First Amendment rights as American citizens. Now the Democrat legislators in this building, right behind me, the California state legislature, they want to tell you how to think, what sort of books that you can read, write and purchase.[19]

Wheeler posted this clip on Facebook and it managed to get 5.4 million views, 6.2 thousand likes, and 162 thousand shares. [20]

However, what Wheeler and Allen said during that segment about California's A.B 2943 was greatly misrepresented. The bill was proposed to enhance prohibition of Sexual orientation change effortsWikipedia's W.svg (SOCE) in California. The bill does not mention anything about the Bible. The thing that got the religious right angry was that the bill would apply to services whose purpose was to encourage SOCE to LGBT people.[21] Many thought that this included Bibles. An attorney and policy advisor from Sacramento told Snopes that the bill would prohibit conversion therapy "as a commercial service in exchange for monetary compensation" and "It does not apply to the sale of books or any other kind of goods, and it does not prevent anyone from speaking or writing on the subject of conversion therapy in any forum."[22]

In OANN's defense, this misrepresenation was spread throughout the internet, thanks to bad journalism. For example, this one, this one, and this one.

Endorsing South African 'white genocide' conspiracy[edit]

OANN also endorses the South African genocide conspiracy[23], and during Obama's visit to South Africa in July 2018, OANN claimed that he was supporting it.[24]

Nutty guests[edit]

Sarah Palin[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Sarah Palin

From August 24 to August 28, 2015, Former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was a temporary guest host for On Point at OANN. That week, she interviewed Donald Trump,[25] Ted Cruz[26] and Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, who are more popularly known as Cubic Zirconium and Polyester[27] Diamond & Silk.[28] Palin, with Breitbart's, Kevin Scholla, reacted to ESPN after they suspended Curt Schilling from commenting duties after posting a picture of Hitler and two lines saying, "It's said that only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How'd that go?". (A PolitiFact response that disproves the tweet can be found here.) Of course, with Scholla being a person from Breitbart and Palin being herself, instead of going with the more rational and far more reasonable answer of avoiding controversy, they decided to go with the bizarre claim that ESPN is "pushing a far-left liberal agenda" and "swallowing ISIS propaganda".[29] Robert Herring's son, Chris Herring praised Palin's segments for that week and OANN would love to have Palin back as a guest host.[30]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Although OANN has been sympathetic to right wing-far right views, their website seems to attract a more moderate and center-right audience

References[edit]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbNBYUBOBys&t=234s
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=mK5I5I3VzmQ
  3. http://www.oann.com/one-america-news-network-wealth-entertainment-launching-directv-directv-now/
  4. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/my-new-favorite-news-netw_b_6419182.html
  5. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/one-america-news-network/
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 An inside look at One America News, the insurgent TV network taking 'pro-Trump' to new heights by Marc Fisher (July 5, 2017) The Washington Post.
  7. https://www.mediamatters.org/embed/clips/2017/10/20/56579/oan-20171020-crimeuk
  8. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/921323063945453574?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mediamatters.org%2Fblog%2F2017%2F10%2F20%2Ftrump-tweet-about-uk-crime-and-muslims-mirrors-segment-conspiracy-mongering-network-oann%2F218281&tfw_creator=mmfa&tfw_site=mmfa
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/20/trump-mistakenly-links-uk-rise-with-spread-of-islamic-terror
  10. https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/10/20/trump-tweet-about-uk-crime-and-muslims-mirrors-segment-conspiracy-mongering-network-oann/218281
  11. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-uk-terrorism/
  12. https://www.mediamatters.org/embed/clips/2017/11/14/56984/oann-oan-20171111-moorewapobribetweet
  13. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/did-washington-post-offer-accuse-roy-moore/
  14. https://www.thedailybeast.com/troll-smearing-roy-moores-accuser-stole-dead-seals-identity
  15. https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/11/29/6-oann-s-most-bizarre-and-desperate-attempts-elect-roy-moore-alabama/218677
  16. http://www.oann.com/oan-investigation-finds-no-evidence-of-chemical-weapon-attack-in-syria/
  17. https://thinkprogress.org/far-right-website-no-evidence-of-a-chemical-attack-in-syria-affdfd59ded7/
  18. https://thinkprogress.org/far-right-american-outlet-finds-support-in-russia-61b8a0c0cf3a/
  19. This California State Assembly bill would BAN the Bible! on YouTube.
  20. https://www.facebook.com/TippingPointonOAN/videos/1007453919406985/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDY2MDUyMzc1NToxOTI5NjYyNzEzNzMyMzk0/
  21. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gay-conversion-therapy-services-would-1524162085-htmlstory.html
  22. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/california-bible-ban/
  23. https://www.oann.com/watch-u-k-u-s-remain-silent-on-south-africas-white-genocide/
  24. http://www.oann.com/watch-obama-praises-south-africas-white-genocide-government/
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeju2SG7UMA
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEx6VFoeXQY
  27. Diamond and Silk Broke About a Million Laws Thursday in Congress, and They Might Need a Lawyer by Jason Johnson (4/27/18 7:00pm) The Root.
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCyyUkgwqIQ
  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO9zQc1FzW8
  30. http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/31/media/sarah-palin-one-america-news-network/index.html