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  • Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: YouTube ScreenCap)
    Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: YouTube ScreenCap)

    Donald Trump has repeatedly scorned the “fake, fake, news,” but now out of office he’s whining because the mainstream media are ignoring his flagging rallies.

    The Republican Pary has taken up his cause with a petition drive via email in an effort to pressure news outlets to give Trump the carte blanche “live” coverage he got while president.

    The email link leads to a page on the GOP website, seeking info that can be used to solicit campaign contributions.

    “It’s past time to do something about this,” the email implores staunch Republican supporters, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Independent.

    “The Liberal News Media is refusing to air President Trump’s rallies on live television in a blatant effort to keep his America First message from reaching the American People,” it states.

    “Help us fight to get Trump Rallies back on the air by signing our petition Demanding that Cable News Air Trump Rallies Again,” states the email, distributed by The Republican National Committee headquarters.

    Oddly, Trump’s rallies are widely covered by hard-right cable outlets like One America News Network (OANN) and NewsMax, albeit less comprehensively by Fox News.

    OANN is a far-right, pro-Trump cable channel founded by Robert Herring Sr..

    The outlet is owned by Herring Networks, Inc., but an expose by the Reuters news service found that AT&T Inc., the world’s largest communications company, was central to its creation and funding.

    The network continues to spread the “Big Lie” about the “rigged” 2020 election pushed by Trump and COVID-19 misinformation.

    OAN founder and chief executive has testified that the inspiration to launch OAN in 2013 came from AT&T executives, Reuters reported citing court papers from a lawsuit.

    Trump petition

    “They told us they wanted a conservative network,” Herring said during a 2019 deposition reviewed by Reuters.

    “They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [leftwing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”

    Herring ordered the news channel to promote pro-Trump stories, anti-Clinton stories, and anti-abortion stories and to minimize stories about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to various news outlets.

    Herring also banned the network from running stories about polls that did not show Trump in the lead during the 2016 election.

    The network claims as many as 500,000 viewers at certain times, but long-time media monitoring firm Nielsen Media Research estimated its viewership to average about 14,000.

    Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy bragged last December that his hard-right cable outlet would overtake Fox News within six months.

    But its viewership has plunged 56 percent since January, from an average of about 300,000 viewers to about 122,000 as of Oct. 3, according to cablerankings.com.

    Fox News is still far and away the hard-right news leader with about 1.5 million daily average viewers.

    But Trump has been feuding with the cable outlet since the November election, after it was the first to call Arizona for Joe Biden, who went on to win the election.

    The station has sharply reduced its coverage of Trump and his rallies since his election defeat and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, although talking heads like Sean Hannity and others still fawn over the ex-president on the air.

    In contrast, CNN averages about 500,000 daily viewers and more liberal MSNBC averages about 680,000 daily viewers.

    Both stations cover Trump on a spot-news basis and have broadcast snippets from his rallies.

    But apparently that’s not enough. Trump wants wall-to-wall coverage of his speeches.

    Trump’s latest rally took place in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday (Oct. 9). During the rambling speech, Trump pushed the same election falsehoods that led to the Jan. 6 violence.

    OANN and Newsmax have been sued for spreading misinformation about the 2020 election after running repeated claims that ballots were rigged in President Biden’s favor by voting machines. 

    The two networks alleged without evidence that Dominion voting machines deleted millions of votes for Trump in the 28 states where they were used. The claim turned out to be patently false.

    Smartmatic, another voting machine company, has filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit accusing Fox News hosts and guests of making defamatory claims about the voting technology firm during the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

    The voting machine companiesl have also sued Trump’s former lawyers, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani and Trump zealot and MyPillow CEO Michael J. Lindell.

    Check out Trump’s rally speech below.