A&E Thwarted History Channel ‘Watergate’ Documentary, Suit Claims

In his award-winning four-part documentary, Charles Ferguson made references to the Trump presidency. It aired on the History Channel on three nights in the days leading up to the November election.

The New York Times’ Julia Jacobs and Nicole Sperling report that Ferguson “is now suing the company that owns the History Channel, A&E Networks, asserting it suppressed the dissemination of his mini-series because it was worried about potential backlash to allusions the documentary makes to the Trump White House. In the lawsuit filed Friday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Mr. Ferguson accuses the company of attempting to delay the documentary until after the 2018 midterm elections because a History Channel executive feared it would offend the White House and Trump supporters.”

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A&E Networks executive Eli Lehrer is accused of stifling the documentary because he feared its influence on red areas. A&E Networks’ treatment of the documentary is described in the lawsuit as part of a “pattern and practice of censorship and suppression of documentary content,” and it mentions numerous other examples of documentaries that were allegedly susceptible to political or economic manipulation.

A&E Networks Is Being Sued for Allegedly Censoring History's Watergate Documentary Because It Was Concerned It Might Offend Trump Supporters
A&E Thwarted History Channel ‘Watergate’ Documentary, Suit Claims

The lawsuit against A&E Networks for not rebroadcasting Watergate was called “absurd” and “meritless” by A&E Networks in response. According to a statement released by the corporation, it has offered a platform to storytellers “to share their unvarnished vision without regard for partisan politics.” For more such updates do follow us only on Lee Daily

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