AT&T to DirecTV channels: You may want to consider dropping Jim Bakker’s show

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Jim Bakker has faced increasing heat regarding his bogus Silver Solution that he hawked as a cure for coronavirus. Now that heat has ramped up thanks to telecommunications giant AT&T, which has requested that several channels on the DirecTV platform to reconsider whether they should continue carrying The Jim Bakker Show.

That’s according to the Springfield News-Leader, which obtained a copy of the letter that was written by a key official at AT&T. The letter from Brent Olson, vice president of global public policy, notes that seven channels, including Christian Television Network, Daystar, and GEB America were asked whether they should keep broadcasting Bakker’s show.

“We have reached out to each of these channels,” Olson wrote, “and asked that they carefully review the programming to ensure it complies with their contractual and legal obligations to us.”

The letter, dated April 1, was sent to the Christian liberal group Faithful America. The Connecticut-based group provided a copy of the letter to the News-Leader.

In March, Faithful American circulated a petition demanding that platforms like DirecTV, DISH Network, and Roku drop Bakker’s show, calling it “dangerous and misleading.” It appears more than a few Christians are frustrated with Bakker’s “coronavirus misinformation” as the petition garnered more than 13,000 signatures, according to campaign director Nathan Empsall.

Empsall, an Episcopal priest, noted this is a “religious issue for us,” not a political one.

“Christians are sick of seeing their scriptures distorted and our faith hijacked, and of hearing the coronavirus talked about in Old Testament plague terms and misleading terms with Jesus’s name,” he said.

Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout the Southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. A lifelong atheist, these travels have informed her political views. She currently lives in a remote location with a large herd of cats and four dogs.