Dish Network is considered the meanest company in America. Anyone who has had to combat their rude employees on the phone can willingly agree. They don’t give a rip about the consumer. It is also proof positive that political manipulators, mover’s and shakers are not limited to the GOP.
Was there a political motive for Dish Network blocking CNN and HNN just a few weeks before the mid-term elections, and replacing them with MSNBC. It’s like this, Charlie Ergen, the hated CEO of Dish, is a big time Democrat. He has been accused of threatening his employees if they do not contribute to Democrat candidates. He’s thick with the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Chairman of the DNC. A political associate recently told me that there were rumors that the Clintons and Wasserman-Schultz were thick. There was a possibility that they were doing what they could to sand-bag Barack Obama in the mid-terms. Forced to endure a steady diet of either FOXNews or MSNBC, it is becoming rather evident that MSNBC is as incompetent and as biased as FOX. It also appears there is a distinct anti-Obama bias within their increasingly incomprehensible and illogical rants. Now, we add the fact that CNN, which is the ‘only’ fairly unbiased national news organization, has been blocked, to bring just the biased MSNBC to Dish Network’s 14 or 15 million subscribers and it looks like there’s a rat somewhere. It’s a stinking rat named Charlie Ergen.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem if Hillary is the nominee. I’ll probably vote for her, but I don’t like Ergen’s tactics. They are dirty, underhanded, and bullying. They are as deplorable as are the tactics of David & Charles Koch. There’s no difference other than the Kochs are now GOP and Ergan is a Dem. Yet, when you start breaking down the dollars spent on lobbying and campaign donations, most of the money goes to Republican Senators. In 2014 Dems received the most money.
“...During the mid-2000s, when Ergenwas fighting TiVo over who owned rights to DVR technology, not only did TiVo convince a court that Dish had violated a patent, but the judge in the case found it “distasteful” that Ergen’s company would “engage in an ad campaign that touted its DVRs as ‘better than TiVo’ while continuing to infringe TiVo’s patent.” In 2009, Dish officially was sanctioned by the court. (The parties later settled.)
Perhaps most notoriously, there were the irate judges who officiated Dish’s recent battle with Cablevision/AMC after Dish terminated a 15-year deal to carry the Voom networks, a suite of 21 little-watched HD channels such as Kung Fu HD and Film Fest HD. In the early days of the case, Dish was penalized for “bad faith” or “gross negligence” in the destruction of internal company emails. A visibly angry New York Supreme Court Judge Richard Lowe later threatened to launch an investigation unless Dish documents were turned over. The suit became so ugly that at one point, Dish executive Carolyn Crawford hit the father of the opposing side’s lawyer on her way out of the courtroom. She later apologized in open court.
In a sexual harassment case in Maryland in 2005, a judge wrote that “EchoStar [was] guilty of gross spoliation of evidence.” In a 2012 trademark dispute, a judge said of Dish lawyers that he had never encountered “such divisiveness or contentiousness” in his 17 years on the bench.
“Most corporations have an institutional bias against litigation and see it as necessary evil,” says one network insider. “But for Charlie, that’s how he likes to run his company. You’ll never see him suing in his home state, though. Their name is mud in Colorado. Judges are on to them.”…”
Dish Network is threatening to pull the plug on CNN. When this happens, I’m going to be pulling the plug on Dish. This is getting old, quickly. On Monday I had a nasty email from Dish. I’m late paying bills this month. Dealing with my father’s death, insurance, my mother’s poor health, funerals, and so forth and so on, bills haven’t been the highest priority in my life. It is rather amazing how ugly Dish can be, demanding I pay them, even when they’ve cut three of the channels I watch most. Seems to me we should be able to deduct for those channels from our bill. Yea, right.
We rightfully talk about and complain about the Brother’s Koch. They are doing their utmost to manipulate GOP politics and force what they want on the country. As disgusting as they are, they can’t begin to be as underhanded, dirty, sneaky, and repulsive of Charlie Ergen. If we are going to complain about big bucks manipulating the GOP, then the same must be done about big bucks manipulating the DNC. It is entirely possible, because of his position within the ‘entertainment’ community, with his satellite network, Charlie Ergen may have far more influence than the Kochs.