NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, Released the Following Statement Following the Revelation that AT&T Backs One America News (OAN):
We are outraged to learn that AT&T has been funneling tens of millions of dollars into OAN since the network's inception. AT&T has as a result caused irreparable damage to our democracy. The press should inform the American public with facts, not far-right propaganda and conspiracy theories.
AT&T's CEO John Stankey wrote that "Our corporate value to Stand for Equality has never been more relevant, not only inside AT&T but outside, as well. It is a business imperative to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business." For a corporation that fuels OAN, a network that continues to spread lies about the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 insurrection, AT&T's values could not be any more performative and flat-out fake.
We are sickened by these revelations.