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Audio Feature: Oath Keepers in the Hudson Valley, and OAN on local TV

Jan 15, 2022 12:22 am

While the news of the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attempt to overthrow the United States government may seem far away from the Hudson Valley, there are many ripples here. MidHudson News reported this week that Roberto Minuta, the 37-year-old Newburgh tattoo parlor shop owner, on Jan. 13 was among over a dozen members of the Oath Keepers indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of seditious conspiracy in connection with the January 6 riot. Minuta, who now lists an address of Prosper, Texas as home, is charged with being among a group of Oath Keepers that forced their way into the U.S. Capitol building. The Oath Keepers are a right-wing group with many members of the military and police. And the group has ties to the Hudson Valley. This week on WGXC Columbia County resident Michael Richardson, one of the people behind the Hate Watch Report, explained that the Oath Keepers have ties to the Chatham area, a former Greene County Sheriff, and former Rep. John Faso from Kinderhook. Here is Richardson tracing some of the history of white power movements locally. CLICK HERE TO PLAY OR DOWNLOAD EXCERPT OF RICHARDSON INTERVIEW. The so-called "One America News Network" is one of the outlets groups such as the Oath Keepers use to spread propaganda. The One America Network got really bad news nationally, and good news locally this week. On Jan. 14 reports emerged that DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, will drop the One America News Network. That is very bad news for the network known for spreading misinformation and having a loyal fan in former President Donald Trump. DirecTV is its largest distributor, and losing its distribution means far fewer people will see their propaganda. The channel is still carried on Verizon FiOS but has never been carried by Comcast Corp., Charter Communications Inc., or Dish Network Corp. But OAN could announce new distribution this week, as Mid-Hudson Cable, based in Catskill, added the network and another from owner Herring Networks Inc., a lifestyle channel AWE that stands for “A Wealth of Entertainment.” Mid-Hudson Cable already carries Newsmax, another propaganda network masquerading as a news channel, and Fox News, where a judge ruled recently that Tucker Carlson's show could not be considered news. U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil's 2020 opinion, said, in part, that the "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "